On the lower edges of central North Rhine-Westphalia you will find the rather hilly Olpe District. It sits on the edge of both the beautiful Sauerland mountains and the higher Rhenish Slate mountains as they spill into neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate and the Westerwald.
Olpe District Map
This whole area is rich in forests and woodland, high mountain peaks, picturesque waterways, giant reservoirs, and underground caves. Encompassing areas of three great nature parks — the Ebbegebirge, Homert, and the Rothaargebirge — there is plenty to keep the outdoor activists busy for days on end.
The Olpe District is also famous for its ancient Kölsches Heck (the Cologne Hedge) running roughly along its south-western edge. This is a seemingly never-ending series of banks, ditches and tightly-woven hedge acting as a defensive border between neighboring districts.
There are also castles, including the rather stately Burg Bilstein, a huge number of ruins, a roadside shrine to Madonna, and many museums to be found across this territory.