Schermbeck is one of those towns that will utterly amaze you. You’ll find a fair share of many historical sites in a town that’s been here for more than 12 centuries, as well as a nature park, and some kind of festival or cultural event just about every time you turn around.
Schermbeck’s Local History Museum is the ultimate place to begin, or follow along the town’s Circle Route highlighting over 20 of the town’s best places to visit.
If you’re looking for something historic, start at the 15th century Schermbeck Castle and Stadtmauer (fortification wall). Then take a tour around the St. George Church with its impressive artwork, including its triptych from a famous German artist. There’s also the Catholic Church St. Ludgeras, but Parish Church Gahlen is the oldest in all Shermbeck’s eight boroughs.
Gahlen’s church tower dates back to the 12th century, but it was originally built sometime in the 10th century. It won’t take but a minute around these classic structures, in a 1200 year old city, to find out this place is nothing short of remarkable.
If walking around town isn’t enough exercise, then maybe hiking or cycling around the Nature Park Hohe Mark might be; having done for locals and visitors alike since it was created in 1963.
Schermbeck has more than just old churches and a nature park. This is a place with all sorts of cultural events and festivals taking place throughout the year. You’re sure to enjoy any number of cooking events, art exhibits, its annual horse show, Shooting Festival, and its Summer Street Festival which brings partygoers from all over Westphalia.
Schermbeck’s most famous festival is its Trachtenschützenfest Üfte (held in the borough of Overbeck in September). This festival is so large that it is held only once every five years (1999, 2004, 2009, etc).
Schermbeck really isn’t your average town and the best place to visit if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Come enjoy everything it has to offer — you’ll be glad you did.