River Lauwers (NL) to River Ems (DE)
- Length: 170 km (105 miles) in 8 sections
- Terrain: flat
- Region: East Frisia
From the River Lauwers to the River Ems, marking the border between province Groningen, the Netherlands and region Ostfriesland, Germany. When you cross the border between Germany and the Netherlands at Bad Nieuwenschans you are about halfway the trail, a thousand kilometres behind you..
- section 5.1: Zoutkamp – Piloersmaborg
- section 5.2: Piloersmaborg – Ezinge
- section 5.3: Ezinge – Saaxumhuizen
- section 5.4: Saaxumhuizen – Warffum
- section 5.5: Warffum – Uithuizen
- section 5.6: Uithuizen- Delfzijl
- section 5.7: Delfzijl – Termunten
- section 5.8: Termunten – Bad Nieuweschans
According to the early-medieval law code the Lex Frisionum ‘Law of the Frisians’ this area belonged to the sub-region East Frisia, the area inter Laubachi et Wisaram ‘between [the rivers] Lauwers and Weser’.
The coastal area of present-day province Groningen, named region Ommelanden used to be a salt-marsh area. This was part of the terp region stretching from the (former) River Vlie to the River Weser in Germany, although in province Noord Holland in the Netherlands and in Kreis Nordfriesland in Germany, also terps have been built. Terps (i.e. artificial dwelling mounds) are called wierde in the province Groningen, and Warft or Wurt in Germany. Read our Manual Making a Terp in 12 Steps to learn more about these artificial settlement mounds.
At the coast the UNESCO protected Wadden Sea stretches from the Netherlands’ north-coast along Germany to the southern tip of Denmark. The Wadden Sea is separated from the North Sea through a ridge of many islands.
Along the coast of the mainland salt-marshes still exist outside and unprotected by the high sea dikes.
Region Ommelanden, just like that of the coastal area of province Friesland (stage 4 of the Frisia Coast Trail), was in the Roman period partly the territory of the Frisii maiores ‘major Frisians’, including parts of current province Drenthe. Read our blog post The Killing Fields, that of the Celts. The eastern part of province Groningen might have been the territory of the Chauci. A tribe known for its large-scale piracy and who caused more than a headache to the Romans. Read our blog post It all began with priracy.
The Frisian language has disappeared for centuries and was replaced bij the Grunnings dialect of the Low-Saxon language.
- A severe case of inattentional blindness: the Frisian tribe’s name
- Like Father, Unlike Son
- Rescuing Rolling Sheep
- Harbours, Hookers, Heroines and Women in Masquerade
- Walfrid, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
- The Thing is…
- More Flying Dutchmen
- Happy Hunting Grounds in the Arctic
- Yet another wayward archipelago
- With a Noose through the Norsemen’s Door
- Frisia, a Viking graveyard
- A Wadden Sea Guide and His Twelve Disciples
- The Killing Fields, of the Celts
- It all began with piracy
- Out of averting the inevitable a community was born
- Merciless medieval merchants
- Atlantis found! Wait, there is another one, or 7, wait 12 in total… No, 19!
- Rats with wings or Masters of the Sky
- Shipwrecked people of the salt marshes
- Magnus’ Choice. The Origins of the Frisian Freedom
- Groove is in the Hearth
- We’ll drive our ships to new land
- Have a Frisians Cocktail
- You killed a man? That’ll be 1 weregeld, please
- Grassland conversations
- Liudger, the first Frisian apostle
- One of history’s enlightening hikes, that of Bernlef
- Is Magna Frisia fact or fiction?
- Foreign Fighters returning from Viking war bands
- Porcupines bore U.S. bucks
- Follow the footsteps of Five Frisian Kings
- Haute couture from the salt marshes
- King Redbad’s last act
- Why was Redbad skinny dipping in eau de Cologne?
- Half a million deaths. A forgotten North Sea disaster…
- Racing the Wadden Sea with a mud sled
- The battles of Redbad, unplugged
- Women of Frisia: free and unbound?
- The biography of Aldgisl, unplugged
- Terp or wierde?
- Tolkien pleaded in favor of King Finn
- Celtic-Frisian heritage: There’s no dealing with the Wheel of Fortune
- Terrorist Fighters from the Wadden Sea
- What’s hip and happening at the grasslands?
- Manual Making a Terp in 12 Steps
- Old Migration Law
- Walking the Sea
- Oldest Vessel of the World
For a first, visual impression of this stage, click here.