Welcome to Jever
Your town for shopping and relaxation
Unique, traditional, refreshing, culture, shopping, city life and proximity to the sea -
Jever is all this and much more.
The town Jever, situated in the north west of Lower Saxony, is the residence for about 14500 inhabitants. As Jever is the domicile of the Friesland area it is an important town for the whole region. The numerous historical buildings, artworks and sights indicate that. Jever looks back on almost 1000 years of interesting history.
The period of the "Frisian Independence" with elected judges was replaced in the 14th century by the governance of the so-called chiefs. The last Lady of an independent Jeverland, Lady Mary, presented Jever in 1536 with the right to call it-self "town".
After the governance of the chiefs, Jever belonged to the country Oldenburg and in the middle of the 17th century to Anhalt-Zerbst.
Until Jever went back to Oldenburg in 1818, it was reigned from Russia, France and Holland.
Jever is called "Town of Lady Mary".
This affection for her is vividly expressed in the "Lady Mary Statue" and the "Mary Grammar School". But it also can be hard by the daily ringing of the castle bells. In summer at 10 p.m., in winter at 9 p.m. the bells are rung to lead Lady Mary back to the castle, which she left - so the legend tells - just temporarily.
At the castle you find the local heritage museum which has been supported by Jever´s Historical Society since 1886. Within the castle walls you can find among many other interesting exhibits a Frisian living room, china, traditional clothes, house and kitchen accessories, weapons, seals and banners. Remarkable is also the gold plated leather tapestry from the 18th century and the gallery of ancestral portraits. The glorious centre is the audience hall with a ceiling in wooden squares from the 16th century, which Lady Mary had been installed. She also raised up a monument for her father who was the last male ruler of this area. He could secure Jever as the centre of the region and he supported the construction of the dikes at the coast against high floods.
The "Edo-Wiemken-Monument" is a remarkable example of late Dutch Renaissance carving art and was created between 1561 and 1564 in the fashion of the school of the Antwerp sculpture Cornelis Floris. It is next to the church and survived two fires of the church due to a fire wall. 1962 - 1964 the church was built up again and instead of the fire wall they put in a glass partition. The point of the highest elevation is the church yard with the town centre at 12 m above sea level.
Next to the castle there is the "Hof von Oldenburg" where you can find another tourist attraction. The chimes are a present by a Jever citizen to his hometown and were presented in 1983. A showcase explains the five historical figurines:
Edo Wiemken the Younger, Lady Mary, Earl Anton-Günther of Oldenburg, Archduke John August and the Russian Empress Katharina the Great.
At 11 and 12 a.m. and again at 3,4,5 and 6 p.m. the chimes play 8 different folk songs and the five wooden figurines show up.
Jever´s nationwide popularity is of course due to the Jever Pilsener, which has been brewed here since 1848 and belongs to Germany´s top ten premium beers.
The brewery and its towers with a height of 32 metres became one of the town´s landmarks.
At Jever you have the possibility to see how the master of the historical blue print works. He has more than 600 different patterns which are called models. Before the printing process can start the fabric is washed at 100 degrees, mangled and spread out on printing table. Than the master prints by hand patterns with the models on it.
After that the fabric is hung up for drying for several weeks. Afterwards the fabric is dyed blue in the Indigo basin. You can use the dyed linen, cotton, velvet, hemp or silk for table cloth, decoration, dress-making and for ready-made dresses.
But Jever is also the town of "Bismarck´s Faithful Adminers".
They used to sent 101 pewit eggs to the Prussian Prime Minister on his birthday. They still come together at the restaurant "Haus der Getreuen".
Each year on April 1st the wine filled silver pewit goblet is passed around the admires three times. The goblet was a present from Bismarck in 1883. Next to this place you can find the "Bismarck museum".
Jever offers many regular events. In addiction to the farmer´s market every Tuesday and Friday, there is the traditional pewit market (Kiewittmarkt) in spring and the big cattle market (Brüllmarkt) in October. During the Christmas season, Jever is overcome with a spezial magical flair. From the first Sunday in Advent until Christmas Eve the atmospheric Christmas Market takes place on the market place.
The annual highlight in Jever is the Old Town Festival (Altstadtfest) in August.
Activities ranging from live music to performance art and many stands along the streets ensure that the visitors enjoy the party.
There is a lot of activity going in Jever throughout the year: more than 50 restaurants, pubs, cafés and beer gardens attract both residents and visitors to savour the Frisian ambience.
The lanes of the old town with its small shops and cosy places are made for strolling and relaxing. From supermarkets for daily needs, shops for gastronomic specialities or clothes shops - Jever offers shopping possibilities for any occasion.
If you like sports, arts and leisure activities you can pass your time well in Jever.
Favourites are the typical local activities "Klootschießen", "Boßeln" or "Besenwerfen".
If you want to have a closer look at all of Jever´s places of interest and its eventful history, you can take part in a guided tour. Or follow the night watchman through Jever´s lanes.
As you can see: Jever has many attractions and offers interesting activities for everybody old and new, quiet and busy, so that everything goes together.
If you like it, you are welcome to come back!