Medebach — Four Seasons Of Fun In The Sauerland

There’s a song with a stanza that sings “Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there…”; well, that should be the motto for the town of Medebach.

Whatever the season, whatever the weather (which is quite lovely by the way) there’s something to see or do. I swear I’m not overstating things. I’ll tell you all about it, then you’ll know I’m not. ;-)

You’ll find both the modern and historic living together in perfect harmony, with contemporary houses right alongside many romantic half-timbered ones.

There are also quite a few churches that you’ll want to see too. I suggest the Parish Church of Sts. Peter & Paul (one of the biggest in the entire Paderborn Archdiocese), St. Nicholas (built 1526) with a 13th century Madonna, and the Baroque Chapel of St. John (built in 1696).

For Medebach’s Museums, there is (of course) a local history museum, called the Municipal Museum that’s got plenty of archaeological finds (this was an area that was once crawling with Romans). And there’s the Schwerspatmuseum (hard to say, I know), which is a mineral and mining museum.

Sports top the list in number of things to do here. Warmer weather is great for hiking (there’s a bird sanctuary here), cycling, guided nature walks, horseback riding, motorcycling, and 4-wheeling.

When winter comes you’ve got skiing (with a ski school), tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and winter hiking (don’t forget your snow shoes).

Last, but certainly not least, are Medebach’s festivals. There’s a 2-day Christmas Market and a Wine Festival (in June) held every year on the Marktplatz, an Oktoberfest, and the so-called Gelobte Fest or Promised Fest.

This festival, held every year on the Saturday before the feast day of St. John the Baptist, has been going on since 1636 as a promise to God. Townsfolk were trying to gain the Lord’s favor to keep away plague, pillaging, plundering, and pestilence.

One of the more nifty festivals is the Street Art Festival where lots of artists come to draw their hearts out all over sidewalk. This festival falls on the 1st Sunday in June, in case you’re feeling creative.

I’m thinking that whoever wrote that song had to have Medebach on the mind. And didn’t I tell you I wasn’t exaggerating? ;-)

 

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