Neuenrade — No Olives Found At the Martinimarkt

In the Sauerland region, surrounded by mostly forest and farmland, is the captivating town of Neuenrade; a place where you’ll never be short of anything to do.

If you love the great outdoors, then you’ll love it here. Whether winter or summer, there are more than enough activities to keep even the discriminating of guests. Winter’s for skiing and visitors from all over come to try their skills on the Neuenrader slopes. Afterwards, a few laps at the indoor pool will do you a world of good.

When you’re not into the whole snow thing, visit during the warmer months. Climb the observation tower (known as the Quitmannsturm) on the Kolberg for the best view. That’s when you’re better able to hike, bike, horseback ride, get in a game of tennis, or try the Trim Path; it’s got three color trails grouped with a variety of exercises. Of course, there are far worse places in the world to workout. ;-)

The great thing about Neuenrade is that it works to engage your mind, as well as the body. Take in a theater performance at the “Mansion at the Embankment,” or what was once known as the Villa Herfeld.

It may seem hard to believe but, Neuenrade is a party town. We’re not talking about “lampshades on your head” kind of partying (doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time), more fairs, festivals, and markets. Most popular is the Neuenrader Gertrüdchen, which has been happening on/around March 17th since 1355 (yea, you read that right-that’s over 650 years).

In case you can’t make it in March, consider visiting during the Farmer’s Ball (3rd weekend in August), the Children’s Celebration (end of May), or the Kite Festival in September (it’s one of the largest in Westphalia). Oh, and November brings on the Martinimarkt. Before you get excited thinking one olive or two — it’s an artists’ market.

Just when you think you’ve seen enough, you’ve still got more to do. The Evangelical Church, St. Lambertus, and St. Lucia, all come from the Middle Ages, but it’s the Chapel of St. George (15th century) that’s really worth the visit.

Better save up your vacation days if you’re coming here to Neuenrade because with so much to do — you’re gonna need them!

 

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