Welcome to Jever
Famous for its eponymous pilsner beer, the capital of the Friesland region is also known for ‘Fräulein Maria’, who peers out from attractions and shop windows in Jever and is memorialised in a statue just outside the Schloss.
Maria was the last of the so-called Häuptlinge (chieftains) to rule the town in the Middle Ages, and Jever flourished during her nearly five decades in power. She never married and died without an heir, leaving Jever to her cousin, Count Johann VII of Oldenburg. Through the intricate royal family trees of Europe, official control passed 200 years later to Catherine the Great of Russia, where it stayed until Napoleon's armies occupied Jever in 1807.