A special kind of nature experience: the rhododendron park of the Hobbie family near Westerstede, which is guaranteed to beautify your vacation in East Frisia. It is not only Germany's largest rhododendron park. In expert circles, it is even one of the most magnificent parks in Europe. On 70 hectares, you can expect a lovingly tended, natural park with over 85 year old and up to nine meter high alpine roses. The tree-like growing rhododendrons also have a special charm, like an enchanting primeval forest in the middle of the Ammerland. Under the protection of tall pines and exotic conifers and deciduous trees, thousands of alpine roses bloom in all colors, shapes and variations.
At the idyllic pond, a multifaceted sculpture garden invites you to enjoy art. In the show garden, those with a thirst for knowledge will get a good overview of all the rhododendron species and varieties from the Ammerland region. Or they can stroll along the forest nature trail, where forest botanical rarities, native shrubs and trees are vividly presented. Anyone looking for a natural beauty for their home garden will receive expert advice here. More selection of rhododendrons is available at Hobbie Nursery, just three miles from the park. In between, indulge in Ammerland specialties at the park café, which is also available for memorable parties outside the blooming season.