Literally meaning “weather” in German, the delightful town of Wetter (Ruhr) is situated on a deep curve in the path of the Ruhr River. Close to the main cities of Bochum and Dortmund in the industrial Ruhrgebiet of North-Rhine Westphalia, this region is looked back on as The Cradle Of Industrialization under the influence of one man.
Friedrich Harkort was an entrepreneur and a politician who had a profound effect on the region and is now known as “the father of the Ruhr.” There is not a place within kilometers here that doesn’t have a statue, building, festival or even a mountain named in his honor!
The Harkortsee (a great lake in his name) to the east of town is a well known starting point for short (and long) hikes up into the hills for a great view of this verdant river valley away to the south.
Not just celebrating Harkort’s life in and around Wetter, there is an extensive cultural program — so there will be no excuse for sitting in your hotel room! ;-)
The movie theater here is also a venue for many performances and exhibitions throughout the year, whatever the season. Open Air events are also promoted due to the extensive parkland just outside of town, and the beautiful waterfront surrounding the town.
For those who love the outdoors will have plenty of opportunities to try something new. With in-line skating routes across town you can glide along the Ruhr — or swing from trees in the new climbing park (safely of course!). Maybe tackle a small section of the hundreds of kilometers of cycle routes that pass through and around town!
Just outside of Wetter, they have even restored a medieval town from local buildings in the area. The most famous of these sites is the little Fünf-Giebel-Eck — the 5-Gabled Corner, which adorns millions of postcards from here. Its a collection of several crooked half-timbered houses all sit together in a huddle within the model village.
You will certainly need your camera for a visit here, and a stop in one of the little cafes is a must!