Warburg is situated at the juncture of the Diemel and Twiste rivers, a beautiful valley location that it has occupied for more than a thousand years. From the castle ruins atop 345-meter-high, volcanic Mount Desenberg nearby, you can get a splendid look at the panorama below, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful views in all of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Locals refer to the two major sections of Warburg as Old Town and New Town. Large segments of medieval walls serve as a demarcation between them, and you will want to walk along and marvel at the remaining five towers and two end gates, which have survived since the 13th century.
Lovingly restored and nicely decorated half-timbered houses complement the scene.
If you seek a bit of modernity, you will be pleased to find a heavily trafficked shopping district, with quaint boutiques and fashionable retail shops. Theater performances and symphonies are popular, including a series of Master Concerts held April through October.
You can also enjoy a lively art environment here, ranging from exhibitions of classic paintings to special displays by local and regional artists. Art history can also be seen at the Museum Im Stern, along with the history of the town and its industry.
If the outdoors is your passion, take advantage of 110 kilometers of cycling paths passing through the scenic Diemel Valley. Or try the town’s Nordic Walking Park, with its forests, meadows and riverside views. Walking, riding, jogging, skating and gliding are also favorites of residents.
For swimming, you are in luck year round. In summer, head for the cool waters of the Warburger Waldbad, with its large outdoor pool and expansive lawn. Tall trees will invite you to relax in the shade, and you might even want to try some night swimming.
In the winter months, the town’s indoor pool is available. It offers aqua fitness, children’s programs and wellness events, as well as a solarium and a soothing sauna to warm you to the bone.