Plettenberg is nick-named the Four Valleys town, because it sits in the valleys carved out by the Else, Lenne, Green and Oester rivers.
The rivers are surrounded by the Ebbegebirge and Lenne mountains, which makes the landscape hilly and a bit choppy. Great for hiking trails, but bad for spreading out a town. So Plettenberg is done up in five pieces.
The five pieces are Plettenberg center, Eiringhausen, Holthausen, Oestertal and Ohle. Ohle has many of the oldest structures, including an old village church from the 13th century. In the hills around the local houses stand several castles. The Schwarzenberg castle has the best ruins, while the Brüninghausen castle, built in 1311, is still being used by the Wrede family.
Between the rugged hills and the scattered hamlets lies the Oester Dam, that contains the rivers and provides the opportunity for water sports. The big attraction? Germany’s first looping water slide!
Added in 2003, the unique thrill of riding it makes locals and visitors both flock to the Aquamagis park where it stands. In the summer you will have to wait in line. It doesn’t exactly fit with the other attractions of town, which are at least 700 years old, but it is certainly the most recent thrill.
After playing in the water park, you may want to relax by taking a stroll along one of the rivers to further work up your appetite for dinner. The local fish dishes are excellent, and while Plettenberg isn’t known for its own wines the regional varietals of white go well with the meal.
After dinner you can stroll through the old market squares in each district for a little compare and contrast. The half-timbers are still lovely in the evening, but the shadows come early due to the hills so be sure to have a night flash if you want to capture any of the buildings on film.