Finnentrop once had an identity problem. It was known by at least three different names (Habbecke, Neubrüke, and Bahnhof Finnentrop) until sometime at turn of the last century, now it#s just simply Finnentrop.
The town today was created by connecting pieces of different areas such as Schlipruethen, Oedingen, Atterdorn-Land, and Helden.
Not to say that the area known today as Finnentrop doesn’t have a long history. In fact, at least three locks, or manor houses, are great places to visit. The Schloss Ahausen and Schloss Lenhausen are 14th century water castles and House Bamenohl is a wonderful Baroque water castle.
There are great half-timbered houses in the area as well.
The two Catholic Churches in the area are worth a visit. The Maria Himmelfahrt dates back to the 1700s and the small St. George Church dates back to the turn of the 19th century.
There’s always a chance to see the Old Person’s Mill in Frettermühle, once a corn mill for 600 years, and get a chance to see some older technology. Why not head over to the Homeland Room for the exhibits on daily life “back in the day.” There are exhibits on the town’s processing of flax and beekeeping.
For something completely different, take a bike tour of the Bat Tunnels, linking Finnetrop and Eslohe. The bat tunnels are closed seasonally, so the town’s bats can hunker down for the winter completely unbothered.
Maybe you’d rather head on over to the Finto? It’s a great spa with a wonderful pool, sauna and fun for the entire family. The Finto offers many special parties throughout the season, has a children’s pool and opportunities for kid parties.
After all the sightseeing that the area of Finnentrop has to offer, maybe one of the massages offered at the Finto will relax all of your tired muscles. ;-)