In the Lippe District bordeing the great Teutoburg Forest lies the spa town of Horn-Bad Meinberg and all its 18,000 residents, where people from all over have come to enjoy the therapeutic mineral baths for centuries.
Parts of the town date back to 978, though the area had been settled for a millenia prior. It’s no wonder, when you have great mineral baths all around to relax you.
You’ll just want to enjoy all of the outdoors of the place, as the pedestrian park at the Kurpark will just entice you to explore its cafes and its quiet romantic nook.
The Silvatikum is a beautifully designed park, making use of the natural surrounding forest. Where else could you possibly see 36,000+ trees from 14 countries in one place? Also, Horn-Bad Meinberg’s nature park has 2000 kilometers of marked walkways to explore at your leisure.
And while you’re out and about in town, you can go explore the town’s castle, having been around since the 14th century. Horn-Bad Meinberg’s church has been around even longer than the old castle, it’s been around since the 12th century built in the Roman style. Though, Late-Gothic elements were added on the 1400s.
Just southwest of the town church on Kirchstraße, you’ll see plenty of well kept half-timbered houses that Germany is so famous for. The Malzdarre City Tower, once a watchtower built in 1550, was also once used as Horn’s office for local brewers.
You’ll be lucky if you’re in Horn-Bad Meinberg the week before Pentecost for the town’s annual May festival where you’ll be treated to a splendid time with lots of food and fun! Even if you visit any other time, you’ll still be treated to great local wines and fantastic local fare.
All in all, I’m sure you’ll be impressed by Horn-Bad Meinberg — from its baths and history, to its market and festivals.