Olpe sits on the southern fringe of the Ebbegebirge Nature Park, where several impressive peaks rise above 550 meters. A number of rivers flow through the lovely landscape, too, including the Olpe, the Günse, and the Ahe.
The area’s most popular outdoor offering is the Biggesee, a 20-kilometer-long reservoir formed along the Bigge River by Westphalia’s largest dam. If you enjoy boating, sailing, surfing, diving, swimming or fishing, this is the place for you. The aquatic conditions here are excellent, and you can also explore shady woods along the shoreline nestled in the curving mountain landscape.
If you relish sightseeing, Olpe will not disappoint. The area has been populated since the 10th century and the ruins of its medieval walls with two 14th-century towers, the Angels Tower and the Witches Tower, are certainly worth seeing.
Don’t miss Saint Martin’s Church and its exquisite statue of St. Agatha or the 19th-century Evangelical Church with its brickwork architecture.
Stop by the central marketplace, free of cars, and admire its memorial to tinsmiths who once plied their trade here. See the enormous Town Hall, home to a library, a music school, and a 900-seat theater.
If you happen to be here in July, be sure to catch the local shooting festival, which draws up to 5,000 participants, or in September see the Muggelkirmes fair, centering on families and charity.
In recent years, Olpe has actively developed attractions specifically for guests. These include numerous walking and hiking trails, bike paths, camp sites and snow skiing areas, which take full advantage of the hilly countryside. A redesigned swimming pool has been added, the concert and events schedule has been expanded, and excellent dining opportunities have been created to cater to visitors needs.
Among local delicacies you will want to try are famous buttered pretzels, oxtail soup, and a special beef patty mixed with potato know as Olper Beff. Also, make a point of having a taste of the grain schnapps prepared locally at the local Kemper distillery. Delicious! :-)