A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Grafschaft Bentheim. This rural region is situated in Germany, but it’s very close to The Netherlands. From our home in Utrecht it was less than a 2-hour drive, making it a perfect weekend getaway! It doesn’t take long to get there, but you do get a real holiday feeling because you’re in another country. In this blog post we show you some of our favorite places to go in Grafschaft Bentheim!
Bad Bentheim is a small city (15.000 inhabitants) in Grafschaft Bentheim. It’s mainly famous for its impressive castle: Burg Bentheim. The castle was built around 1020 and is still inhabited, but luckily parts of it are open to the public. It’s a must see when visiting Grafschaft Bentheim!
Ein Weg durch das Moor
“Ein Weg durch das Moor” is an art piece created by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. In English it translates to “A path through the moor” and that’s basically what it is: a wooden path meandering through the moor. It’s a really nice experience to walk down this path.
The Itterbecker Heide is an area of moorland just Northeast of the town of Itterbeck. While most of Grafschaft Bentheim is relative flat, you can find some hills filled with heath plants here.
Watermill in Lage
In the small town of Lage you can find an old watermill from the 17th century. The mill machinery has been overhauled in the 1970’s and the mill should still be able to run.
Kloster Frenswegen is a monastery that was built in the year 1394. Unfortunately, they’ve attached a kind of modern construction on one side of the building. The old part is very impressive though.
Lohner Sand is a nature area close to the town of Lingen. There’s much to see here, but we especially liked the sand dunes!
In Isterberg you can find a cool steel structured watchtower. On a clear day you see Burg Bentheim from here (we didn’t have a clear day unfortunately).
Gildehauser Venn is a moorland area on the southern border of Grafschaft Bentheim. There are some really nice walks to find in this area.
The Hutewald is a forest right next to Bad Bentheim. The best thing about this place is that there’s a herd of Galloway cows roaming the forest. It was pretty amazing to see the herd cross the forest. Some of the leaders where mooing and the rest followed them. We especially liked the little black and white calfs that looked a bit like panda cows! 😉