Steinhude on the southeast coast (population 4,900) gave the large inland lake its name, but that is not the only reason the people of Steinhude are proud of their traditions. In the town center, characterized by many timber-framed houses, the fishing nets, weirs, boats and peat boats nostalgically tell Steinhude's history. The Fishing and Weaving Museum, as well as the unique antique mangle for processing linen, portray the life and work of the people in Steinhude before tourism became the main source of income. Even today, some families in Steinhude make their living by smoking eel and catching fish. What originally lured visitors was a visit to an eel smokehouse.
The Barn Quarter from the mid-18th century was reconstructed for the world exhibit in 2000. Today, the Tourist Information, several restaurants, the Nature Park Information Center and the Art Gallery are located in the barns. Many markets and cultural events take place in the central plaza between the barns. In general, Steinhude is a very active town. In the summer months there is barely a weekend without a cultural, music, water sports or festive event. Behind the timber-framed facades of Steinhude's houses guests will find a variety of stores, cafés and restaurants. Steinhude’s menus offer delicious dishes for every palate, but - of course - fish specialties are in the focus. For an unforgettable moment take a walk along Steinhude's charming promenade or watch the sunset with a glass of wine or a cold beer.