Located in the Gütersloh District of the North Rhine-Westphalia state, Versmold is historically an important city for food production, especially sausage making — yet another of the many towns which seem to boast this as their claim to fame.
The sausages made here are, however, truly scrumptious and once you taste them it is easy to see why locals are so proud of them, and proud they are. You can even see a lasting memorial to this rural art, by paying a visit to the sausage makers’ fountain on Marktplatz in the town center.
The town remains the modern-day home of several major meat processing plants, so you should make every effort to sample some of the local delicacies when visiting. Some local produce can be tasted at the Versmold market, which is held through the summer every year.
The town plays host to a number of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, so if possible, visit during one of these periods.
Around town there are a number of sights you should consider visiting; including the Town Hall, which hosts regular exhibitions such as a photo exhibition; the theater, which produces first-class performances; and the bookstore, which has regular readings from local authors such as Hans Ulrich Treichel, who grew up in Versmold.
Versmold is split into six districts, each with their own educational and recreational facilities. The tip is simply to get out there and explore, with the mountain countryside of the Teutoburg Forest and the parklands of the Münsterland area just waiting for your visit, either on foot or by bicycle.
South of the city is the Versmolder Bruch bird sanctuary, where you can not only see a wide variety of rare birds, but also read and learn about how the sanctuary gives them chance to regenerate, bringing them back from the brink of extinction.