Radevormwald greets its visitors with the fresh rural air of the Bergisches Land region. Located about 50 kilometers northeast of Cologne at an elevation of more than 420 meters, it is one of highest towns in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Twenty-seven kilometers of cycling paths make the town and its surrounding green meadows easy to explore by bicycle. Sign posts will guide you all along your way.
Start at the tree-lined market place, from which streets radiate like spokes on a wheel. Your passage will be flanked by al fresco cafés, stylish restaurants and boutiques.
Fires and war ravaged Radevormwald over the years, so little remains of its original architecture, dating back as far as 1316. The oldest standing building today is an 18th-century rococo garden house in the central park.
Nevertheless, you can still get a feel for the town’s role in history at the Heritage Museum, which is open to the public each Sunday afternoon. It features a fine display of two-wheel vehicles, including the Bismarck motorcycle manufactured in the area until 1957. Admission is free.
The center of cultural life here is the Bürgerhaus, with its 600-seat theater, library and music school. Stage performances, concerts and social events fill its monthly calendar. Since 1948, a district cultural group has been active, growing to 900 members and bringing a steady stream of opera, ballet, cabaret, comedies and musicals to the local performing arts scene.
Sports have always been popular among the residents, too. At the professional level, you will find motocross, gliding competitions, cycling tours and running events.
Activities you can enjoy here range from canoeing and fishing at Wupper Dam to ice skating and cross country skiing. Or visit the recreation center called Life-ness, where indoor swimming pools, saunas, weight training rooms, wellness treatments and children’s programs make this a welcome stop for local families and visitors alike.