With breathtaking views and adventurous activities, Steinhuder Meer or Lake Steinhude in Northwest Germany near Hannover is an enjoyable getaway destination. Steinhuder Meer holds a great deal of history, especially with the Wilhelmstein Island being constructed on the lake.
With a surface area of 32 square kilometers, the “Steinhuder Meer” is the largest inland lake in Northwest Germany. Wilhelmstein Island, built in the 18th century, is a tiny artificial island located on Steinhuder Meer or Lake Steinhude. The island was turned into a military fortress between 1765 and 1767 by William, Count of Schaumburg-Lippe. He envisioned this island as a getaway in his own land. Wilhelmstein Island briefly served as a military school then on to a state prison of the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe from 1777 to 1867.
The first German submarine, the “Steinhuder Hecht”, was built in 1771 on Wilhelmstein Island. It had room for eight men sitting area and could submerge for 12 minutes. Above water the boat was propelled by sails. One can admire a model of the underwater vessel in the museum on the island. Today, Wilhelmstein Island serves as a museum and a popular tourist destination for Steinhuder Meer, which has become the heart of nature reserve.
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