There are three villages that make up Wadersloh: Diestedde, Liesborn, and Wadersloh proper. Each has more than enough to keep you busy for a few days. If you can manage to break it down to spend a day in each village, you’ll be sure to experience everything.
Diestedde is one of those medieval villages and it has the tree to prove it. You’re probably asking yourself, what? Yeah, in the forest close to Burg Crassenstein, a privately owned 12th century castle, is a magnificent Oak tree that has stood here for 900 years. It was once the place where medieval justice was served (hangings), but in our modern times we just get to enjoy its grandeur.
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Many of the other walking paths found around here will give you different glimpses of Burg Crassenstein’s beauty, including its moat. It’s also where you’ll find a wonderful nature park and the gardens at the church of St. Nikolaus.
When in Wadersloh Proper, there’s one place that really needs to be seen. It’s the 15th century Parish Church of St. Margareta. St. Margareta’s tower stands a whopping 86 meters (approx 282 feet) high into the sky.
But, it is Liesborn that really steals the show. The site of an 8th century monastery where you’ll find a beautiful Baroque building that houses the Abbey Museum. Oh sure, Germany’s full of old abbeys but this one houses a collection of over 500 crucifixes from many periods of history (Baroque, Roccco, medieval, etc.).
You’ll also find pieces created by none other than renowned artists Marc Chagall and, my favorite, Salvador Dali. Liesborn’s Abbey also holds many concerts throughout the year, but most are held in the late Spring.
After there, take a walk over to the Sense Park, located by the St. Josef House. This interactive museum will delight both adults and kiddies with exhibits that get all your senses involved. The best part is that it’s free. And don’t let a darker evening stop you from visiting, as it’s brightly lit so it can be enjoyed anytime of day.
With that kind of consideration to its visitors, you really will get to see everything.