It’s Germany all the way for me lately. However, this time it only took a 50 minute drive from my hometown to get there.
And that’s exactly what #Geheimoverdegrens is all about. It’s a local tourist board that promotes tourism in the border region of our neighboring country. In other words, if you’re from The Netherlands, #Geheimoverdegrens will help you finding the best spots, just across the border.
So there we were, 4 Dutch instagrammers, each been given a specific region or ‘Kreis’. My Kreis was the Osnabrück region, which is called the ‘Osnabrücker Land’. A fairly big region, stretching out from the agricultural part in the North, all the way to the South which is dominated by forests. The other participating regions were Emsland, Bentheim and Münsterland.
It only takes a 25 minute drive over the river Ems to see the landscape change from flat to hilly. Not surprisingly, hills always give us Dutchies an exciting confirmation that they left their country.
I spent the night in Hotel Zum Freden which is located in the South part of the region in a village called Bad Iburg. When photographing landscapes, the weather forecast will probably be the most important reference when planning your schedule. Because of the predicted rainfall, I decided to hit the North and photograph some historical landmarks (castles, watermills and old structures) and leave the forest area for the next day when hopefully, the clouds would be gone.
Unfortunately, the rainfall went on through the major part of the day and I didn’t get in as many good shots as I was hoping for. Nevertheless, sunrise at Alt Barnaue castle (Bramsche) was quite epic, even seeing a hint of purple in the clouds. My hopes were higher for the second day.
As I woke at 5:30, I rushed to the window to see if there was fog. Yes! In my hurry I forgot to get some fruhstuck and I immediately hit the gas to find the parking space in the forest which I marked on Google Maps the day before. The plan was to see the sunrise standing on top of the viewing tower, located on one of the summits of the Teutoburger Forest. (Steinegge Turm). Predictably, the fog soon changed into rain and my plan didn’t turn out quite as expected.
Despite the lack of good photography conditions, Osnabrücker Land surpised me a lot. In only a 50 minute drive from my hometown Enschede you’ll find yourself surrounded by a completely different landscape which is completely unlike any other spot in The Netherlands. The historical farms, stretched out woodland and friendly villages all contribute in a very positive way to the region.