Lusciously located in the verdant and venerated region of Emsland, Papenburg is Germany’s oldest fenland colony whose rich history offers great appeal. Romantic waterways flow through the quaint and quintessential town, and the outdoor museum of ships alludes to Papenburg’s maritime majesty. Urban developments intermingle with historic houses in the town centre, creating a cosmopolitan culture in which the classic and the contemporary combine.
A picture or a paragraph does not suitably convey the ethereal beauty of Estate Altenkamp’s location; tranquil waters surround the ancient trees and manicured gardens of a beautifully Baroque house, which stands stately and serene in its midst. Within, a fascinating museum communicates the rich history of the house and its important link to Papenburg’s history.
Papenburg boasts an intriguing cultural panorama that manifests itself in the magnificent museums of the town. The Meyer Weft Museum documents a rich maritime past through collections of ship related memorabilia. Short films, ancient relics and seafaring instruments speak eloquently of Papenburg’s intricate connection with the sea.
A restaurant that summarises the essence of Papenburg is Fischhaus Smutje, a rustic and charming restaurant whose ambience exudes a warm and welcoming air. Take a seat upon the picturesque al fresco terrace in order to enjoy sumptuous seafood and expertly cooked meats locally sourced from the bounteous surroundings. Crisp vegetables accompany lightly fried fish fillets and perfectly seasoned potatoes, all of which is best accompanied by a refreshing pint of locally brewed beer. (Hauptkanal links 14, 26871 Papenburg, Lower Saxony,Germany)