Apen and the surrounding area is characterized by flat countryside, fens and swamps. The region is known as the 'Land of the Windmills'. The town was first documented in the 10th century. The name Ammerland, the district in, which the town is situated is said to derive from the 'Ameri', an old word for swamp. The area has a rich history. It wasn't until the 14th century that the area started being developed when it became part of the County of Oldenburg. This was one of the Counties of the Holy Roman Empire. The Counts established strongholds in the region, which in turn developed the town and the area.
Location: Revel in this tranquil setting with lots on offer.
Apen is located in the Ammerland district of Lower Saxony. It affords good transport links to Oldenburg and Bremen, which is only 1 hour away by train. It takes less than an hour to reach the East Frisia region on the North Sea coast and the islands off the coast. This would make a perfect day trip from your hotel.
Culture: A plethora of museums to enjoy to suit all tastes
There are a number of diverse museums to visit. Discover the farming museum, turnery museum and open-air local history museum. You can tour the eel smokehouse too. The region is famous for its excellent gastronomy. Enjoy dining in the many restaurants in the area. Local specialties include smoked eel and locally grown asparagus.
Activities: Discover this paradise for nature enthusiastic
Try your hand at a multitude of activities on nearby Zwischennahner Lake. Choose from sailing, swimming, or canoeing. It is the third largest lake in Lower Saxony and is a haven for nature lovers. Walk or cycle round the lake and discover many flowering plants. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking and cycling trails in the area. The area is known for its Rhododendrons and the nearby town of Westerstede hosts the Rhododendron festival every year, which is the largest exhibition of Rhododendrons in Europe.