A visit to Aurich is worthwhile
Not only locals but also guests feel at home here! The town has plenty to offer for your free time. Whether lingering at the weekly market, a cosy chat in a café or a shopping spree.
Aurich, a lively shopping town.
Shops with well-known brands, pretty gift boutiques and speciality shops. A number of special shops are "hidden" in the small lounges.
The centre of attraction in the pedestrian zone is the 150 m long and 50 m wide market square, with the "Knodtsche Haus", a historic town house in the Dutch late Baroque style and the 25 m high Sous Tower, an art object with a carillon.
A tour through Aurich
The Stiftsmühle, a five-storey gallery windmill and, at 29.95 m, the second highest mill in East Friesland, is a landmark of the town of Aurich that can be seen from afar. From a height of 17 metres, visitors can enjoy an impressive panoramic view of Aurich and the surrounding geest and moor landscape from the accessible gallery. The Lamberti Church was built in 1832-1835 and has a late Gothic carved altar from the former Ihlow monastery that is well worth seeing. The Historical Museum has extensive collections on Aurich's prehistory and early history, as well as special exhibitions.
It stretches once across the East Frisian peninsula and connects Emden on the Dollart with Wilhelmshaven on the Jadebusen over a length of 72 km. It runs through typical landscapes with impressive floodgates and bridges. Aurich lies directly on the canal and its harbour offers many leisure activities, for example the paddle & pedal station or the passenger ship MS "Stadt Aurich".
The Moor Museum Moordorf is about the moor colonisation in East Friesland on a 3.2 ha moor area. The museum depicts the hard living and working conditions: Housing culture, peat cutting, bog burning and buckwheat cultivation. Authentically reconstructed mud houses, original stone buildings and sod/flag huts convey the poor conditions in the 20th century.
Dörpmuseum Münkeboe, a hands-on museum that gives an insight into the life and work of the East Frisian moorland colonists. You can see craftwork with a sawmill and wheelwright's workshop, trade (bakery and grocery shop) as well as a village school, windmill, distillery, a gulf farm and much more.
Kloster Ihlow / Upstalsboom
In the 350-hectare Ihlow Forest lies the Cistercian monastery site Ihlow with monastery garden and archaeological park as well as reconstruction of the monastery as a wood-steel sculpture in original size with a height of almost 45 m. An open spiral staircase to the platform at a height of 30 m offers a beautiful view of the Ihlow forest and the surrounding area. At 68 m long and 35 m wide, the Ihlower monastery church was the largest church between Bremen and Groningen at the time; it was destroyed in 1529 as a result of the Reformation and secularisation.
Upstalsboom - this simple stone pyramid is the symbol of Frisian freedom and for the cohesion of all Frisians.