Lüdenscheid is also called Stadt des Lichts, or the Town of Lights. Many homes and commercial properties in this industrial town are permanently bathed in light, which makes a welcoming sight, even after dark.
Every two years international light artists and designers converge on the town and create a variety of lovely light displays. Light tours are offered on the first Thursday of every month from October to March. They start in the town square at 7:30 pm (if that is still current at the time you read this).
The old part of town has been carefully restored and now welcomes you to many cozy taverns and restaurants.
A former public swimming pool has been taken over by the Schillerbad Brewery and turned into a beer garden and pub. It is a gathering place for people from near and far.
There is a large pedestrian shopping area, which features major department stores, small boutiques and every kind of shop in between. There are products for sale from all around the world, and if you are a shop-a-holic, you will be thrilled with the opportunities.
If you like to be active while on vacation, you will find plenty of recreational possibilities in the area. For example, enjoy a top-notch golf course, a large swimming area with sauna, tennis courts, and an indoor riding arena.
Or what about the Versetalsperre reservoir, located just south of the town, which has beautiful walking paths through the wooded areas along its shore.
Not to forget the Schloss Neuenhof, a Water Castle that is considered a significant monument of this town.
If you are in search of some cultural experiences, there are professional symphony concerts and dramatic performances held regularly in the Culture House (Kulturhaus).
The town also has several well-stocked museums. You can see unusual collections of things like buttons, coins, medals, and maps, or view some impressive modern art. The Phänomenta is a science and technology museum that is filled with educational exhibits, many of which allow hands-on experimentation.
It is a great place to take children as youngsters will also enjoy the Bremecker Hammer Smithy Museum that chronicles the history of iron works and has some live demonstrations.
By the way, if that is still current at the time you read this, during the last weekend of June and the last weekend of August, Lüdenscheid hosts the so-called “Smithy Days,” a festival to honor blacksmiths.