How do I tell you about the fantastic town of Langenberg? Do I go right for the gusto and highlight all the amazing old buildings? Or, do I jump right into all the activities that’ll keep you busy morning, noon, and night?
Then I came up with this theory, Langenberg’s buildings have been here for years, and they’re not going anywhere. So, activities it is!
For starters, Langenberg has a handful of hiking trails with distances ranging from seven to eleven kilometers. There are also three Nordic Walking tracks.
The town also lies on a cycling route known as the Hellweg-Weser BahnRadRoute. This cycling trail is a 275km long scenic route that runs from North Rhine-Westphalia to Lower Saxony through the Teutoburg Forest with stops in Lipptstadt, Hamelin, Bad Sassendorf, and many others.
Hopefully you’ve managed to plan your route to be in Langenberg for the annual Town Festival in September or the Christmas Fair on the first weekend of Advent.
The Christmas Fair isn’t the only winter activity. There’s an amateur theater group that performs during the colder season.
What else does Langenberg have in store? It’s time to see the historical side of town.
One of the oldest buildings in town is the Café Zur Linde. While it is a real café, it is a former inn from the 16th century. The building itself was built in 1567 (even though there’s a stone dating to around 1649); and you’ll find it right on the Kirchplatz.
There are three churches in Langenberg that are worth seeing. The Friedenskirche or Church of Peace is the youngest of them, built in 1860, the Church of St. Anthony was built a decade earlier; and the oldest is the Catholic Church of St. Lambertus and St. Lawrence.
Sts. Lambertus and Lawrence is a hodge-podge of architecture and art. It was built in a Romanesque style in the 1230’s (with neo-Gothic accents added later), its nave dates to the 15th century, and it has 16th century artwork inside.
Throughout Langenberg you’ll see many 18th century framework houses; and one manor house has been around since the building of the Lambertus and Lawrence church.
While you’re out and about you might have noticed the Brauerei Hohenfelde by now. This brewery’s been making fine German beer for years — which you’ll be able to taste while you’re visiting the lovely Café Zur Linde.
There you go — kill two birds with one stone; this way you got more time to spend looking around Langenberg, right?