This is a town that’s best explored outside since almost everything to see centers around the great outdoors on some well laid walking and cycling trails, in addition to the many celebrations held here.
One of the best walking trails you’ll find here in Belm is the DiVa Walk. It does go on for about 105 km, do all or part of it, your choice, but it really highlights the best of the best of Belm.
The Stone Sea is one of those highlights; these stones appeared after the days of the last Ice Age, with some weighing a good 70 tons! The trail then goes along to follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs that roamed the region a few million years ago.
You’ll find more recent history along the DiVa Trail, like the 13th century water castle Alto Barenaue, built on a sand island in the moorlands (it’s gorgeous!). But, a couple of owners decided to move sometime in the 19th century and had the new Schloss Barenaue (and garden) built and moved lock, stock, and barrel.
On the trail you’ll also find the Well Arene Refuge, a 14th century castle chapel and 18th century manor house hidden within the middle of a golf course.
If you want more castles, there’s the ruin of the 12th century Holster Castle in nearby Bissendorf and the 17th century Schloss Osnabrück may just be your cup of tea. ;-)
During the summer Belm hosts “cultural summer” programs from June ’til the end of August with different performances, including Friday night concerts. When the first weekend in September comes, it’s time for Belm’s September Market. Marking the end of the summer, Belmers party for three days filled with food, music, and even pony rides for the kids. A month later, it’s party time again at the Belm’s Kirmes (religious celebration) on the 2nd weekend in October.
Great, more food, fun, and beer! :-)