Written out, Hilter am Teutoburger Wald is a mouthful (and a half) to say. In the interest of making your life easier (and not make my fingers tired typing), from now on I’ll refer to it simply as Hilter. The Teutoburger Wald might not be necessary when referring to it in print — but, it does say a “hellava” lot about it.
Not only is Hilter situated within the green Teutoburg Forest, more than 50% of all its eight villages is set aside for agriculture. Meaning, you’ll have the chance to eat lots of locally grown produce. It’s OK, you don’t have to tell your mother that she was right — vegetables ARE good for us. :-)
You’re gonna need to be in some sort of good health if you’re going to join the annual Mountain Run (every August). But, if you’d rather just cheer everyone else on that’s OK, too.
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Hilter also holds an annual Spring Concert two weeks after Easter and the last Autumn Festival in all of Lower Saxony is held here in, well, Autumn. But, the Ocher Market is only held on odd-numbered years — gives you something to look forward to, I guess.
Something else everyone looks forward to is the first weekend in September when everyone flocks to the Renkenördener See for good food, music, and festivities. It’s not like it can be done all summer long, though, the lake is only open from mid-May to the middle of July from 2pm-6pm.
Just in case you can’t make it here that time of year, Hilter’s got you covered — remember, this is the Teutoburger Forest area we’re talking about. Try doing any part of the 117km Nordic Walking trails (easy… you just walk using poles that resemble ski poles), or just go about it the normal walking way.
Bicycle trails are make their way through the forest and you’ll find plenty of small winding roads to drive along, if you so desire. Oh, OF COURSE, you would desire — seems fitting to drive a German automobile on a small German country road. ;-)