The church in Lüdingworth, a small village now a suburb of Cuxhaven, is known as the "peasants' cathedral".
How to get there? Great cycling tour from the seaside suburbs! There is also a hourly bus connection on weekdays from Cuxhaven central station.
The peasants of this region, the Land Hadeln, were more or less politically indipendent - officially they belonged to the duchy of Sachsen-Lauenburg but the dukes were clever enough not to insist but rather negotiate. The rare example of a late medieval peasant republic survived till around 1800.
Their church tells of wealth, pride and independence. The farmer families who donated money for the church, its furniture and decoration had their coats of arms (yes, these peasant families had coats of arms) attached to the pieces they paid for, the church is full of them.
The church is open during the summer half of the year (April to October) daily from 9.00 to 17.00, in winter only on Sunday afternoons. Guided tours are offered every Thursday morning from April to October, at 11 a.m. if I am correctly informed. The parish employs a trained guide who does these tours (I know her) and they are very good. Everything is in German, though.
Phone: Parish Lüdingworth: 04724 - 1770
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The little half-timbered house with the thatched roof next to the church was, according to the sign on its wall, built in 1814 as the village school of Döse. At the same time it hosted the housing for the church's cantor who also was the school teacher. One teacher taught all children of Döse, 136 in total.
The little house soon became too small. Already in 1847 a new schoolhouse was built and this one was sold in an auction. It is now a residential house and prettily restored. I especially adored the beautiful neoclassical front door.
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Die dicke Berta, "fat Berta", is the popular name of a stubby lighthouse on the Elbe dyke near Altenbruch. It si a nice addition to a bike tour along the Elbe.
Next to it there is a lock in the dyke to get freshwater out. The wet marshes have the choice to either drown in saltwater, which is prevented by the dyke, or to drown in freshwater from landside. Hence the elaborate systems of drainage ditches, and these locks that let freshwater out into the river at low tide and close at high tide to keep the seawater out.
On the dyke nearby there are some wind generators used for research. The shipping channel of the Elbe is running right behind the dyke you you may catch some funny snapshots of ships running on top of the dyke.
The railway line to Stade and Hamburg passes right by the lighthouse so you can spot it from the train. Photos 4 and 5 are snapshots taken from the train.
Not exactly what this tower is, some people have suggested it to be a lighthouse, but not sure if it is or not, but its certainly a very different sight to see in the distance instead of normal buildings.
( If anyone knows what it is, I'd be grateful to know )
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