The historic Arnsberg is steeped in history and shaped by the Arnsberg counts, the Cologne electors and the Prussians. The well-preserved historic city center is visible from afar on a ridge in a Ruhr loop.
A guided tour of the old town is an absolute must for every tourist. Legends and histories about the Arnsberg counts, Cologne electors and Berlin officials give you an entertaining insight into the more than 770-year history. A tour guide takes you through the picturesque mountain town, shows you winding alleys, idyllic half-timbered houses and stately aristocratic courtyards, immerses you in the world of medieval jurisdiction and awakens a piece of history on the imposing ruin of the Arnsberg pleasure palace built by the feudal lords.
One of the most beautiful mountain castles in Germany is in Altena in the Sauerland. It can be reached quickly and easily with the adventure elevator.
Imposing buildings and a medieval atmosphere await you. The museum takes you on a journey through time through regional history. The entrance fee also includes a certificate from the German wire museum below the castle.
Burg Altena Museum
Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
SAT + SUN from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday is closed
Adventure elevator Burg Altena
Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
SAT + SUN from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Monday is closed
The Atta cave is the largest stalactite cave in the Sauerland and in Germany. Every year thousands of visitors from many different countries come to Attendorn. In the cave you can experience stations such as the "Alhambra Grotto", "Central Hall", "Cloud Hall" or "Hall of Fame". The route takes 40 minutes and is guided on safe paths. Numerous stalagmites and stalactites leave their beauty with the visitor.
Finnentroper Strasse 39
Winter half-year: 11 a.m. - 3.30 p.m., closed on Mondays
Summer half-year: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
It is the last move that makes the audience applaud. Our glassmakers heat up a lump of blue glass in just over 20 minutes, add white accents and shape it into a vase.
You can experience this unique artisan technique up close in our glass factory in Willingen and even shape your own ball yourself. You can collect the decorative glass you have made from us the next day. That's how long it takes for it to cool down completely. Your unique piece will keep a lasting value for you. After the demonstration, you can browse through our exhibition and sales shop and find what you are looking for.
In the WILDWALD VOSSWINKEL natural elbe, 12km of footpaths invite you to hike and walk. What is special about the wild forest are the native game species without fences between humans and animals. True to the motto of the wild forest Vosswinkel: forest is good!
Vosswinkel wild forest
April - October: daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November to March SAT + SUN: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The city center of Soest is largely under monument protection, a total of over 600 buildings.Some of the old houses along the many narrow streets, often framed by green sandstone walls, are only a few meters wide, with many older half-timbered houses the room height is also significantly less than two meters, so that In the course of renovations, some people today have started to raise entire houses in order to maintain sufficiently high ceilings, at least on the ground floor. Soest was apparently not always a half-timbered town, if one can believe old representations. Only in the period of economic decline, i.e. from the 15th century, was stone construction replaced by cheaper half-timbered construction. A specialty of Soest are the many gardens in the city center.
The traditional specialties of Soester Küch include Möppkenbrot and Pumpernickel. Whether the Pumpernickel was actually invented in Soest is controversial, because several cities in Westphalia, such as Rheine, are arguing about this honor. However, it is clear that the Haverland bakery in the city center, formerly royal. Bavarian court supplier of the black bread, can refer to a centuries-old company tradition (since 1570). A “novelty” among Soest specialties, which is no longer very young, is the “bull's eye”, a mocha liqueur that is mainly served at the All Saints' Fair. An ice cream parlor at the train station even has the right flavor. Another specialty is Soester beer, also called onion beer, which has been brewed in the Zwiebel brewery since 1993. Here, the beers Soester Hell, Dunkel and Weizen and the Soester Christmas goat, which was brewed during the Advent season, are particularly worth mentioning.