In the grand scheme of things, it is the little things that really make all the difference in the world. Considering what you’ll find in Steinheim (Westphalia), you’ll know exactly what makes that statement true.
It is here, on the edge of a 14 million year old extinct volcano (in the neighborhood of Sandebeck), that Steinheim makes itself at home. This is just one thing that really makes this town exceptionally cool!
Besides sitting on the lip of an old volcano, you’ll find two fantastic castles. Schloss Thienhausen is a grand example of a Renaissance castle filled with beautiful artwork (don’t miss the sculpture of the Madonna and Child), built in 1609. The Wasserschloss Vinsebeck is an incredibly unique Baroque water castle built on a square island. You’ll find a fancy Baroque style garden in the Schloss Park Vinsebeck that’s been here since 1718.
You’ll also find some wonderful festivals and celebrations held here in Steinheim. The Rosenmontagszug in February is one of the most popular and oldest of the region’s celebrations. Steinheim’s Music Festival, held at the end of April, is the best around for enjoying a variety of local music with plenty of local Westphalian food.
If you’re looking for some other kinds of sightseeing to do around town, you’ll find a few historic timber framed beauties, such as the old Parsonage Building that was built in 1729. There are also remnants of the 13th century Stadtmauer and even a Furniture Museum (furniture was vital to the town’s economy).
Interestingly enough though, Steinheim’s landmark is known as the Kump. Built in 1855, this deep well pipeline was the town’s main water source for drinking and industry until 1933.
As you can see, Steinheim (Westphalia) has just about a little bit of everything to make your stay here a memorable one. You’ll love the old buildings and museums, its history, and fun-filled festivals.
As if teetering along the rim of the old volcano wasn’t enough… ;-)