When visiting Barsinghausen, remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes. The sites and highlights of this pedestrian’s paradise are easily accessible and best enjoyed on foot.
There are many nature walks on offer. The town has signposts to help hikers find their way as they explore Barsinghausen’s natural and cultural treasures. The surrounding woods are home to a variety of wildlife such as foxes, rabbits and some rare birds.
Other highlights of a nature trek include a Kaiser Wilhelm monument, a bevy of beer gardens, and picturesque bridges among the valleys.
The heart of the city can be found in its sandstone monastery. This Gothic structure is over 900 years old, with the height of its prosperity occurring in the mid-1500s. As one of the largest churches in Northern Germany, it has an unusual past intertwined with the city’s main industry.
Barsinghausen has had a long history with mining. The mine, which can be visited by tourists, actually has its entrance in the grounds of the monastery. A unique experience, the visitor can take a guided tour of the mine. It was in operation until 1956 and employed as many as 2,000 workers.
Its streets these days are certainly filled with more visitors than miners. There are old manors with manicured gardens to tour. The proliferation of ice cream vendors, restaurants and beer gardens are enjoyed by locals and tourists in warm weather. The winter brings a Christmas market and concerts into town.
The stillness of a nature walk and the meditative silence of a monastery visit will bring comfort to those in search of serenity. But the lively culture and fun mine tours will be a beckoning call to the more adventurous. Either personality type will find something to enjoy in Barsinghausen.