Colourful Rhododendron town
From Apen to Westerstede
From Apen you cycle through a landscape of moors, meadows and fields to
Westerstede – known as the capital of rhododendron cultivators, where
every four years Europe’s biggest rhododendron show takes place ...
Rhododendrons as far as the eye can see
“Gentle tourism” in a big way – Westerstede has made an international name for itself above all with the RHODO, Europe’s biggest rhododendron show held here every four years. But even outside the rhododendron and azalea flowering season, the officially recognised recreation town on the “Green Coast Road” has plenty to offer. Its attractive situation in the middle of large woods, lush meadows and cornfields makes Westerstede an ideal holiday location and an excellent cycling base.
From the rhododendron park to the Tropical Café
Just as worth as visiting Westerstede’s 70-hectare rhododendron forest park is the Ammerländer Bird and Landscape Park with its idyllic ponds, tropical room and Tropical Café. On the 3.3 hectare site you can admire domestic and exotic birds from all over the world.
Further attractions are the historic museum railway, the watermill steeped in legend, the St. Petri church dating from 1123, the nostalgic craft market in September, the open-air theatre staged every two to three years and the pedestrian precinct with its cosy cafés and bistros.
Barrier against the East Friesians
All over Ammerland you can still find remains of fortifications that secured the border area with East Friesland dating from the 13th century. Even today in Burgforde you can see clear remains of one of these border forts. Their former moats and embankments are now park-like features popular with walkers.