Arnsberg does not clamour for your attention with tall claims and huge promises. But if you choose to visit this perfect little town, you’ll be welcomed with open arms and presented with a trove of pleasant surprises.
With a history going back to the medieval period, Arnsberg has its share of castles and ruins that still muster plenty of interest. Atop the Schlossberg hill by which flows the Ruhr River, you’ll find the ruins of the Old Castle that has its own tales to tell.
A medieval monastery is another exquisite specimen of the age. It’s a vantage spot from which to admire the wooded glory of Arnsberg spread out all around interspersed with emerald meadows and turquoise lakes. Dotting the pastoral landscapes are picturesque timber cottages that convey a sense of placidity.
The “Berlin District,” offers a change of scene with its Prussian style of architecture and a stately ambience.
If you’re interested in historic encounters, the Jewish cemetery and the Eichholz cemetery might be of interest to you. The St. George’s Chapel with its spectacular bell tower is a beloved landmark for the locals.
A bit further you’ll find a memorial to an industrial past in the form of a water-powered smelting works, fired by charcoal preserved intact. Here’s your chance to explore this facet of Arnsberg in detail.
Arnsberg sets great store not only by history but also by the arts. A gothic mansion houses the Sauerland Museum which holds the key to understanding this enigmatic town.
Summer is a great time to visit it, for the town just bursts forth into a joyful celebration of arts, and life itself. The Ruhr becomes a beautiful venue for a sculpture garden, while every available corner of the town is devoted to exhibiting art of various kinds. Brass bands, street musicians, and anyone with an artistic bend of mind and an instrument will be there displaying skills of various proportions. :-)
Remember to visit the remainder of the Hochsauerlandkreis this town belongs to.