This place was so magnificent that I felt that it needed its own post.
It’s a small place that perhaps isn’t that well-visited but I think that’s what makes it so special. You won’t find throngs of tourists there and it’s not so large that people would think that it deserves a visit, but believe me, it does.
The Schwindequelle, or Schwindebachquelle is the second largest natural spring in the state Niedersachsen and the water is a chilly 9°C. I don’t think you’re allowed to go in it, but I have to confess that I was curious what the water was like and stooped down to dip my fingers in it. It was cold!
It’s almost meditative to be there and watch as the water bubbles up out of the earth, through the sand, causing something like mini sand fountains. The water then joins the adjoining river and is carried downstream. The spring itself is clear and colourful. The sand below depicts reds, browns and blues due to the iron oxide and manganese oxide that are deposited out with the water.
One of the best things about this attraction is that it is super easy to get to. There is a parking area right near it, and after an easy, short walk you’re there. The only problem will be willing yourself to leave again.