Femeiche in Erle

Femeiche in Erle

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  • Angelina Kuhlmann

    Anyone who has ever wanted to see one of the oldest oak trees in Germany should stop here. The Femeiche is estimated by the municipality itself to be 1,500 years old. Many festivals have been celebrated here in the last few centuries and other important events have also been held under the oak:

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    • May 18, 2021

  • Bodo 🚴👍

    In 1441 the Diepenbrock brothers were ostracized for murdering lay judges under this oak. Over the centuries, lightning and storms have badly damaged the tree, the rotten core of which was hollowed out. There was hardly an event in the village of Erle that was not celebrated in this tree, which measured about three meters in diameter at the bottom. During a maneuver of his troops in 1819, the then Crown Prince, later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, had breakfast with two generals in this.

    The Femeiche is about 1500 years old. In pre-Christian times it was consecrated to the god Odin. They were also called Ravenseiche (raven oak). The legend tells that the god Odin sat as a judge under the oak. Its ravens crouched in the branches of the tree. They looked in all directions and told God what was happening around them. It was assumed that under the oak there was also a pagan sacrificial site where sacrifices were made to the gods.

    The oak must have been a mighty tree as early as the time of Emperor Charlemagne (around 800 AD). The chronicle reads that until 1589 court was held under the oak tree for murderers and robbers. From the court sessions, the oak today has the name "Femeiche" (feme = court).

    Many guests who visit the Femeiche are amazed that the tree can still grow and that it bears green leaves every year. Its trunk is crooked and completely hollow and perforated. Only the thick supports and iron bars hold it upright.

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    • December 12, 2015

  • Hagi31

    Nice tour with great history .....

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    • May 28, 2017

  • Hohnebostel 🚔👮🏻‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

    Estimated by the German tree archive at 600-850 years, which also represents the maximum age of oaks in Germany. True 1000-year-olds are almost never.

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    • April 8, 2019

  • Boris + Susanne Schneider

    Should you visit if you are near.

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    • July 3, 2018

  • Guido H. 🚵‍♂️ 🌳🏃‍♂️

    Femeiche in alder, about 600 - 850 years old u. has a breast height of 4- 5 meters in diameter

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    • March 30, 2019

  • Uwe 1962

    A beautiful place! This is a really nice preservation old oak! Just great!!

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    • May 30, 2020

  • MTB Borken

    Respect for age

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    • May 26, 2020

  • Detlef Aleff

    Eating and drinking at Arno Brömmel is always good and good ❗

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    • September 6, 2020

  • Bewo64

    History and interesting facts in a small "park" ... great detour - maybe as a break with a picnic ...

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    • October 17, 2020

  • Rainer Hoffs

    One of the oldest trees in Germany.
    Judges were also held there.

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    • September 18, 2018

  • Sapi

    Approx. 1500 years old remote oak.

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    • April 25, 2021

  • Strandgut

    The Femeiche is approx. 1500 years old, under the oak it is known that Feme courts were held up to the 16th century. The Femeiche is considered to be the oldest and most famous court tree in Central Europe.

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    • October 28, 2021

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