In almost every corner of Germany, there is evidence of the past — in Stadtlohn that evidence is of the famous battle during the Thirty Years’ War. Don’t worry, there are things to see in this town that aren’t war related, making your trip more worthwhile.
Every province in Germany has a railway museum, and one of the best in North Rhine-Westphalia is in Stadtlohn. This museum has a pretty good exhibit that details the history of rail travel in the province. Those traveling with kids (or anyone interested in old trains) might find this museum interesting.
Speaking of traveling with kids, if you find yourself here with active kids who don’t want to see the 12th century church, the St. Otger Church, take them to a museum they will like instead. The SIKU Toy Car Museum will keep them interested for a while.
If you’re traveling with someone else, one person can take them to this museum, while the other visits the four different churches and chapels around the town that are tourist attractions.
After walking around museums and churches, you might feel the itch to get moving a bit. There are beautiful paths outside of the city that lead you through forests and fields. Take a picnic lunch and sit by the Berkel River, watching the water flow downstream where it will eventually get to the Germany-Holland border.
Coming to Stadtlohn at the right time of year is going to make your visit more enjoyable. During the first weekend in July of every year the city has their annual town festival. The whole town gets together for a two day long party that showcases the people and groups. The Friday before the festival brings amateur bicycle races.
If you miss the festival in July, it’s not a big deal, because nearly every weekend in the summer months has a special performance or festival that the whole family can enjoy.
Whether it be a free performance or a farmer’s market, there is always something to do here in Stadtlohn.