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 hilltop castles in Germany is enthroned in a picturesque location, high above the old town on the Lenne. The weir building, built from the 12th century, makes the heart of every romantic knight and castle beat faster.
Burg Altena owes its international fame to the world's first permanent youth hostel, which was inaugurated here in 1914. As a World Youth Hostel museum, it is still in its original condition. The main museum at the castle is the County Mark Museum. The arc of suspense in the exhibition ranges from early geological history through the Middle Ages, early modern times and the industrial age to the present day.
Lavish productions let visitors take part in the battles, hunts and table delights of knights and nobles, they learn a lot about the life of farmers and craftsmen.
You can also reach the castle via a glass elevator from Altena.
The Atta cave is the largest stalactite cave in the Sauerland. From their own large parking lot, families can also walk safely over the pedestrian traffic lights and then up a small stretch. On the left side you can still see the old quarry, in which the first access to the Atta cave was found. This is now closed with a massive grid. On the left side you can also experience our homage to the water, without which the Atta cave would never have been created. The waterfall cools the air comfortably in summer, while you have barrier-free access to the cave. A tour of this underground wonder world takes about 40 minutes. The groups enter the realm of Princess Atta through an 80 meter long tunnel.
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.
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.