Altenbeken has more historical architecture than you could poke a stick at. I mean, they are everywhere.
Take the viaduct, for instance, as it stands there against the mountain ranges with its 24 elegant arches. This structure dates back to the 1850s but still has what it takes to make you reach for that camera.
The Denkmalslok, or to be more precise, an honest to goodness steam locomotive has pride of place in the village as a memorial to those days when it used to be the star. You probably won’t even realize you’ve pulled out your camera this time; it’s that mesmerizing.
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Altenbeken’s religious architecture is in keeping with the rest of this elegant city. The Holy Cross Church and the Protestant Church are a case in point.
The Chapel of the Cross out in the countryside is another attraction with its Baroque style façade. It houses awe-inspiring religious icons dating back in history.
The Alte Wassermühle or Old Water Mill in Beke is certainly worth visiting, too. While right there in the marketplace is the depiction of an iron foundry in the form of a fountain, or should that be the other way around, I’m not quite sure.
Altenbeken has this interesting railway history that will excite aficionados no end. The viaduct I just mentioned is part of this collection of old railway related constructions which also include the 1632 meter long Rehberg tunnel and the old station building. Of course, seeing that lovingly preserved locomotive must have ticked you off about the town’s not so secret obsession with the railway.
Altenbeken’s sporting opportunities include a bowling alley and a shooting range. For this you have to visit the Eggelandhalle where they also hold concerts and local cultural events.
If you’re traveling with kids, you might want to check out the Driburger Grund which includes a playground, a BBQ, and a cabin where you sit back and enjoy it all.