Seasonal Views of Vechta

Yesterday was my last day at the university for 2013 and it was at least partly consumed by trying to place the last remaining students for their teaching internships in February. Though I also found the time to attend the general university Christmas party. The English department Christmas staff party already was last week. I missed the student Christmas party, since it was in the evening and I wasn’t too keen on driving sixty kilometers home on lonely country roads in the dark.

When I finished working at noon, I went into town to buy some of the famous Spekulatius cookies from Café Burrichter (photos of the Café with its vintage 1930s interior may be found here) as well as some underwear at Leffers, since Vechta has one of the few survivors of the Leffers chain of high quality clothing stores.

I also took some photos of Vechta’s town centre and Christmas market all decked out in seasonal cheer, so enjoy:

Golden Bridge

Not Vechta at all, but the Golden Bridge monument at nearby Goldenstedt. The monument spans the river Hunte and refers to a medieval legend according to which the Count of Diepholz, another nearby town, happened to ride across the bridge and through Goldenstedt with his new bride, a Swedish princess. In order to celebrate the wedding, the Count and his bride cast gold coins into the cheering populace, hence the town name Goldenstedt (golden city). This monument by artist Alfred Bullermann was set up earlier this year.

Vechta Christmas market

A look across Vechta’s small Christmas market.

Vechta Christmas market

Santa has landed on the roof of a mulled wine stand at Vechta’s Christmas market for a relaxing cup of mulled wine.

Vechta Christmas market

A seasonally decked out sausage stand on Vechta’s Christmas market.

Vechta Christmas market

This bronze statue of a horse, which commemorates Vechta’s history as a centre of horsebreeding, finds itself stuck between a sausage stand (no horse sausage luckily, even though it’s a North German specialty) and a stand selling Feuerzangenbowle, a concoction of sugar, wine and hard alcohol sure to make you sick (trust me on this). In the background, you can see the spire of the St. Georg church. The local nickname for the horse statue is Kuschel BTW.

Vechta Christmas market merry-go-round

It’s not a German christmas market without a merry-go-round and here is Vechta’s. Note the seasonal decorations.

Vechta Christmas tree

The centre piece of Vechta’s Christmas market is this gorgeous Christmas tree towering over a manger scene. Underneath the tree, you can see the three wise men and some sheep come to pay their respects to baby Jesus.

Vechta manger scene

A closer look at the manger scene that was set up on Vechta’s Christmas market. The fire place in front of the manger doubles as a collection box for donations to the local church. Of course my coin missed the collection plate and landed between the (unlit) logs instead. Ah well, I guess they’ll find it.

Vechta manger scene

Sheep and oxen at the manger. Note the heather plants in the foreground.

Vechta manger scene

And here we have the holy family of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, two angels and the trusty donkey.

Vechta Christmas sheep

On the other side of the road, these two sheep who didn’t make it to the manger guard a gift shop instead.

Vechta florist's shop

Seasonal display outside the Floreal florist’s shop on Vechta’s main street.

Vechta statue

A neat bronze statue next to Vechta’s Victorian post office. In the background you can see the C&A clothing store.

Vechta house

Karsten Wilde’s perfumery on Vechta’s main street all decked out in seasonal cheer.

Vechta house

The bells are a permanent feature of Arthur Müller’s optician store, but the tree was set up only for Christmas.

Vechta townhouse

Another beautiful turn of the century townhouse on Vechta’s main street. This one houses a branch of the Fielmann chain of low-cost optician stores.

Robots

The window display of this shoe store on Vechta’s main street is decorated with wind-up toy robots.

Vechta St. Georg church

The late gothic St. Georg church, Vechta’s main Catholic church, with Christmas tree.

Vechta St. Georg church

A rather gloomy view of the late gothic St. Georg church with bare trees.

Vechta Old Kamponier

The Old Kamponier, an ammunition depot built in 1706, is the last survivor of the old citadel of Vechta and towers over the Vechtaer Moorbach, formerly the moat of the citadel. Nowadays, the Old Kamponier is a venue for art exhibitions and cultural events.

Vechta Old Kamponier

A close-up look at the crenels in the walls of the Old Kamponier.

Vechta university office

And finally here is the office at the university I share with another teacher (who is rarely in).

Vechta university office

The bookshelves in my office hold a collection of school textbooks. Note that it’s still dark outside, even though I took these photos at approx. nine o’clock in the morning.

Vechta university office

The other side of the office with door, coatrack, cupboard and a table for meeting with students. Here my Mom is seated at the table, since she wanted to go to Leffers after I was finished at the uni.

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2 Responses to Seasonal Views of Vechta

  1. Love the sausage stand. Also, the large, darkly colored toy robot pictured is a replica of the famous Robby the Robot first seen in Forbidden Planet and later in various television shows including The Twilight Zone.

    • Cora says:

      You’d probably love the sausage as well. Now I haven’t eaten at this particular sausage stand, but I’ve never seen a bad one.

      And yup, I recognized Robby, since I’m a big fan of Forbidden Planet.

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