Olsberg in the Sauerland region is known for its beautiful countryside since it’s also near the Arsberger Forest and the Diemelsee Nature Park.
Once an ancient mining town (check out the mining museum), it’s now a great spa town known for the Bruchhauser Stones, a natural rock formation that’s older than the days of the dinosaurs. A trip over to the Local History Museum, housed in the Old Mill, explains the natural and cultural history of Olsberg.
Another way to see that is to visit one of the five castles nearby.The Schloss Gevelinghausen, Schloss Wildenberg, and Schloss Schellenstein were all built in the 13th century and Schellenstein’s palace gardens are particularly striking. The Rose Village in the Assinghausen District has some 130 varieties of roses and has the most amazing smell with all those flowers in bloom!
For those who prefer a different approach to culture, check out some of the local breweries like Grevenstein, Krombach, and Warstein.
To head off some of those free-radicals, a trip to the AquaOlsberg is a must! Here’s where healthy living and modern science coexist perfectly. There are indoor and outdoor pools (fresh water and saltwater) and saunas to delight the senses. There’s the underground rock cave sauna, the Panorama sauna with large windows to take in the natural scenery, and the aromatherapy sauna.
The spa offers special family discounts on “family days” providing one more reason to visit it.
There’s more fun to be had here during Olsburg’s many festivals. Besides the Music Fest held in the Fall, the town also hosts a motorcycle “Bike Weekend Festival.” Even if it’s not festival weekend, you can rent yourself a motorcycle (or a tamer bicycle) right here in town. Wonderful, because there are plenty of scenic and racing courses around the countryside.
All in all, Olsberg is such a family friendly town and host to festivals, many local breweries, cultural museums, castles, and a most relaxing spa. Don’t let winter stop you from coming to this town because it also hosts some serious skiing!