Vlotho got lemons, and made lemonade. There are a lot of small cities in Germany that got torn apart when manufacturing companies pulled up and moved elsewhere.
The same happened to this town in North Rhine-Westphalia and they came up with a solution — improve the economy through tourism.
Always wanted to roll your own cigars? Well, at the Heimatstube, the men get together and do that while the women sit around knitting sweaters and scarves. :-)
The city is on the Weser River, and during the summer you can see the river from a boat. There are three different routes, so head down to the pier and hop on a boat.
If you see people walking around with two poles and call it hiking, people will probably scoff at you, because it isn’t hiking — it’s Nordic walking. This sport is very popular in Vlotho, with trails of all different levels around the area. Before you head out, download a map and get going!
Those who feel silly walking around with two poles in their hands can still do a lot of wandering and hiking in this area. There are 13 different nature protection areas in and around the town, so finding a quiet corner to walk and relax won’t be difficult.
There is festival after festival in Vlotho, so if you are coming during a weekend in the summer, chances are you are going to find something going around in the town. A Christmas Festival, City Festival, a Middle Ages Festival, the Port Festival and more all take place every year.
It seems like every town in this area has a windmill and the one in this town dates back to 1850. When you have seen enough of the windmill take a stroll down Langer Straße.
This street is where the oldest houses in the city are at, some of which are in the typical German half-timber style of architecture. Some of these houses date back to the 17th century, so this area is quite interesting.