Almost 86 percent of Siegen’s city area is planted, turning this university city into Germany’s greenest metropolis. The promenade of the Sieg river, from which the city derives its name and which flows directly through it, forms an island of peace. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the idyllic forest and hilly landscape that characterises large parts of the city and its surroundings, as well as the many sports and leisure opportunities that are available in nature here.
Hiking and cycling
Hours of relaxation, adrenaline rush, and amazing encounters
If you like to be active, you may choose to explore the diverse landscape of Siegen-Wittgenstein on hikes or mountain bike tours. The historical circular Siegen-Achenbach trail, for example, leads hikers around Siegen, while the Siegen Flowtrail with its sharp bends and downhill slopes ensures an adrenalin rush for mountain bikers. An adventure forest and a fallow deer enclosure in the historical city forest zoo give visitors an opportunity to encounter the local flora and fauna.
A view of the Siegerland
A great view from the tower or summit
Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets from one of the many vantage points around the city. Take your pick from among the summits of Siegen’s eight mountains or the Pfannenbergturm in the south of the city. Let your gaze wander across the surrounding Siegerland and the Rothaargebirge mountains all the way up to the Drachenfels from a height of 20 metres there. Part of the Rothaarsteig from Brilon to Dillenburg seems almost within reach from the vantage platform.
The upper and the old town
From pubs to half-timbered houses
Cool drinks in the upper town taste even better after some strenuous physical exercise. Many pubs and bars find their home in this quarter, giving people a place to chat and gossip in a relaxed atmosphere. The beer served here comes from the region, made famous far beyond the borders of North Rhine-Westphalia not at least by its breweries.
Guests who would like to continue exploring the city centre on foot should take a moment to stop in the nearby old town with its slate-covered half-timbered houses on the way. Lovingly restored in the 1980s, the buildings there now form a picturesque and harmonious image. The famous protestant Nikolai church with its golden crown is worth another detour.
The Rubenspreis award and its laureates
Winning works presented in the museum
Culture is given its due in the birthplace of Flemish master painter Peter Paul Rubens as well: The Siegerlandmuseum exhibits a number of the genius painter’s works, among them the famous “The Descent from the Cross”, in the ‘Oberes Schloss’. In addition to selected works of contemporary art, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (museum of temporary art) also has works of the winners of the Rubenspreis on display, an award the city assigns to painters or graphic artists for their life’s work every five years. Lovers of theatre can enjoy great stage productions in the Apollo Theater or the Bruchwerk Theater. A secret tip for music lovers is to stop at the world’s smallest Beatles museum, presenting exhibits on the famous British band on no more than 27 square metres of exhibition space.