The East Frisians - or Ostfriesen - take pride in their status: undeniably part of Germany, but with their own dialect and authentic traditions. That pride is most on show in the lovingly preserved, picture perfect streets of the old town and port, centred a late 19th century town hall famed for its frescoes and decorated ceilings. Sample delicate blends of teas in the Buenting Museum in Brunnenstrasse and discover the history of the East India trade and the clipper ships that once docked here. The Ostfriesen drink nine times more tea per person than the rest of Germany; the region's favourite drink, savoured in distinctive blue-and-white porcelain, remains a revered part of its identity. For a piece of history on an altogether grander scale, drive out to Evenburg and visit the splendid 17th century country house with its estate, lake and landscaped park. Virtually unknown, it's one of Germany's architectural treasures: romantic, peaceful and a wonderful place for a stroll or a picnic.