Europe Off The Beaten Track: Harderwikj & Lemförde

Writer: Av Khanijou

Let me give an extremely brief introduction on myself. I’m Av Khanijou owner of Indian By Nature and author of Confluence – the Indian By Nature cookbook. When not wielding my utensils cooking up a tandoori or a curry, I’m shadowing my husband, Jack, on one of his many trips to Europe.

Harderwikj, Netherlands


In the past 29 odd years we’ve visited so many out of the way places that I thought it would make for interesting reading. What’s the off chance that you would visit Harderwikj on one of your European trips? Well, driving on the A1 got quite monotonous so we decided to take the country route and chanced on Harderwikj, a picturesque hamlet complete with a dolphinarium, cinemas, restaurants and hotels. A coffee by the waterfront had us completely relaxed and ready for the next leg of our drive to Lemförde.

Lemförde & Quernheim, Germany

Lemförde in Nieder Sachsen, Germany is a municipality in the Dümmer See (lake) area.  The best smoked eels, a delicacy, are caught and sold here. Fancy some?


A top favourite amongst the locals for dinner is the Teemann’s Romantik Hotel.. We managed to get a table outdoors by their pond overlooking a beautiful lawn with ducks cackling in the background. The Fish Topf, a regional dish, was the plat du jour.Stippmilch made of quark, cream, vanilla essence, served with berries is another regional favorite for desserts. So delicious we had to stop ourselves from ordering another.

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The neighbouring village of Quernheim is home to one of the oldest small town cinema halls – Lichtburg – which is 65 years old. On mid summer nights they set up chairs in the middle of the glen with a huge screen.  A movie was in progress in one of their two kinos and had we not dallied over dinner we could have caught a movie in this iconic cinema. Enough reason to return another day!

One thought on “Europe Off The Beaten Track: Harderwikj & Lemförde

  1. Dear Av, how nice your blog of the Europetrip. I like to follow it. We never visites Harderwijk, but we will!
    Have a good time. Love to you both. Madeleine

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