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The plan for the day was... ehh.. we did not have specific plans for the day, but there is always Bourtange, about 15 kilometers away just across the border in the Netherlands. Bourtange is a little village and a star fort. The fortifications were originally built in the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) when William of Orange wanted control of the only road between Germany and the town of Groningen, which was then controlled by the Spaniards.
The fort lost its importance and in 1851 it was closed. Since the 1960's the village worked on the restoration of the fort, and now it is completely restored, there are 5 museums, the market square is bordered by centuries old lime-trees, and during Summer season historic events are organized.
But would the children like it? Well let's go and see, but then husband said that he was not sure either whether he would like the place.
Tower with slide


Sigh.... Just go and see, usually these kind of places appeal to him once he is at the spot.
However, I would not take the risk of looking at bored faces so I did think of something else, after all I made a list of things to do.
When buying the "Aufschitt" at the butchers, I answered the woman's question what we would do that day: "vielleicht Bourtange", on which she suggested there was a nice playground at Surwold. She wrote down the name for us and pointed out how to get there.
Because this was not far from where we were we decided to drive east to Surwold to have a look, children and husband liked this more common kind of entertainment, so the faces were happy.

Peaceful country side we drove through, big farms and lots! of space, we are not used to that in our overcrowded urban area of the Randstad.
View at the Kletterwald
With the directions of the butcher's wife and a map of the area it was easy to find the "Erholungsgebiet Surwolds Wald".
We parked the car on a huge field, no parking fee was required.
Then we walked towards the entrance... huh? where is the entrance builing? We haven't passed it, but were suddenly surrounded by playgrounds and attractions. Ah... you have to pay for every attraction and not like our system with an entrance fee which covers all the attractions and sites, even if you don't use them. I liked this pay on demand better.

So we walked around the grounds at the woods to explore the area, and the kids had their fun.
We looked at the sleds of the Summer rodelnbahn, the kids played on the playground, yes, even oldest daughter, we had our picknick lunch, and we looked at the performances of the people at the "Kletterwald" (a part of the woods which was specially designed for climbing)
I did not know the German word "Märchenwald" and was curious about it, so we went there as well, it turned out to be a fairytale park in a woody area, and we all liked it.
After our visit to the "Märchenwald" the children wanted to have a swim so we went to the swimming pool which was also on this park and let them dive and play in the water until it was time to go back to Kluse again.







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Surwold
Surwold
Tower with slide
Tower with slide
View at the Kletterwald
View at the Kletterwald
Surwold Sights & Attractions review
Surwolds Wald, the woods at Surwold
Surwolds wald means "the woods at Surwold", and those woods are set up as a big playground for children as well as adults. When we came here, we we… read entire review
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