The Losemund-Brunnen fountain stands in the historic centre of Bergneustadt. It takes its name from two washerwomen, who are said to have been gossips. Their images decorate the fountain.
In the middle of forests and meadow valleys, the black-and-white half-timbered houses are clustered close together and form the “Alter Fleck” (“old spot”), as Freudenberg residents call their historic old town centre, which is also a very popular photo spot.
The old town centre of Soest, in the Sauerland region, offers beautiful streets with half-timbered houses, and romantic narrow lanes. Beer gardens, cafés and bars are good places to stop for a rest. In March, the Soest bar festival is held here, which has now be-come famous far beyond the town itself, while in November, there are “Billige Jakobs” (“cheap Jacobs”) and “Bullenauge” (“bull’s eye”) at the Soest All Saints fair, Europe’s largest old town fair.
A typical feature of this small Eifel town in the rocky Rur valley are the beech hedges, which are as high as the houses, and which the residents planted generations ago to protect their homes. On a guided tour, visitors can walk through unspoilt nature in the Hohes Venn upland moorland, or experience culinary delicacies in the historic mustard mill.
In this medieval Eifel village, the Erft snakes its way past half-timbered houses and a restored town wall. Due to its similarity with the small town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavar-ia, the Kneipp spa town is also known as the “Rhenish Rothenburg”.
Every day, 60,000 litres of salt water trickle over the gradation works in the heart of the town, and create a fresh sea breeze. Bad Salzuflen, one of the most well-known spa baths in Germany, is located in the middle of the Teutoburger Wald nature park.
The historic town centre of Lemgo has all the flair of the Re-naissance and the idyllic atmosphere of the Lipperland region. One important urban architectural monument is the “Hexenbürgermeisterhaus” (“witch mayor’s house”). The name goes back to mayor Hermann Cothmann, who was actively involved in the witch trials during the 17th century. The town hall in Lemgo is also regarded as a monument spanning different eras that is of particular importance.
Hattingen, with its lovingly restored old town, lies on the southern bank of the Rur. The oldest buildings are clustered around St. Georgs church: the “Wachzins” (“watch tax”) houses and the “old town hall” built in 1576. For visitors wanting to admire industrial cul-ture in Hattingen, alongside the half-timbered buildings, it’s worth taking a trip to the LWL-Industriemuseum, the Heinrichshütte.
With its traditional gastronomy and many re-stored houses, Rheda-Wiedenbrück has retained its historic charm. However, visitors can download an app on their smartphone or tablet and discover the historic town centre of Wiedenbrück digitally. It’s al-so particularly worth taking a trip to the Rheda water palace.
In the shadow of Burg Linn castle, visitors can enjoy traditional hospitality in the narrow lanes of the historic town centre in Linn. Every year at Whitsun, there’s an opportunity to visit the Flax Market, the largest handicraft market in Germany, and take a trip back in time to the Middle Ages.