Ostrich Farm & Carmelite Church

I bet few of you realise that there is actually an ostrich farm in the countryside near Bengel, which is on the road from Alf to Wittlich.

Owned by the juggler and comedian Christoph Engels, “Straußenfarm Zur Klostermühle” is set amongst historic mill and farm buildings surrounded by meadows. A very pleasant cafe and beer garden overlook those meadows so you can have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake or an ostrich bratwurst whilst the kids let off steam outside.

Of course, the highlight of the place are the ostriches which are bred on site. When we visited, there were plenty of all sizes and trust me, some of them are HUGE! Just don’t tell the children that they end up on the dinner table though! On that subject, the meat and a few other products are available to buy on-site.


The farm is open until the end of September on weekends only from 1 p.m. Ostrich tours (unfortunately I am not sure if they are available in English) are available from 2 p.m. or by appointment. There is a Mill Festival taking place on 9th September 2018.

Sadly the website is only available in German, but is available here if you want to take a look anyway.

Whilst you are there, on the opposite side of the road to the farm in Springiersbach is a stunning baroque Carmelite church attached to a monastery. This is definitely worth a visit as it has an incredibly ornate interior akin to the baroque churches in Bavaria and other parts of Europe.

There are regular concerts and other events held here, details of which (in German) can be found here. If you are interested in the history of the church and monastery, there is a potted version of it here.

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