Lage is Germany’s “Sugar City.” This nickname comes from the local sugar factory that has been around since 1883. Today it is owned by the company Pfeifer and Langen. This sugar factory is one of the oldest enterprises in East Westphalia, manufacturing white and refined sugar for companies like Coca Cola.
You can take a look at another crucial industry at the Wesphalia Brickyard Museum. This was a vitally significant place to the development of Lage. Without all these bricks, the town never would have expanded so quickly! Check out the museum to learn all about the production and industry of brickwork.
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Another important building here is the Wilhelm Castle. Built in 1892 by the Baron of the same name, you can find it just on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest. The castle grounds offer spectacular views of the forest and the nearby mountains. You can even spend the night as the Castle now houses a hotel.
From the Castle, you can make your way to the Market Church. This tenth century structure’s highlight is its ancient bells. And be sure to duck inside to catch a glimpse of the beautiful baroque organ from 1707.
For even more German history in Lage, take a walk by the Old District Court from 1879 and the Old Prison. The Old Court has — rather appropriately — been transformed into a law firm.
A bit of much older history can be found at the Johannissteine, a Stonehenge-like site of massive rocks. There are some who believe this mysterious place was a calendar for ancient pagan residents. Indeed, some of the rocks have “boreholes” that would allow the sun to shine through on the summer and winter equinox.
Lage also enjoys many music and cultural performances throughout the year that make your stay more worthwhile.