Moors, minerals and the fresh breeze off the lakes - the Teutoburg Forest does wonders for the well-being of its visitors. With six state-certified spa baths, a climatic health resort, four Kneipp health resorts as well as ten air spas and four recuperation resorts, the region is known as “Germany’s garden of healing”. Of course, the many cycling and hiking offerings in the low mountain landscape also promote health and often provide an insight into the history of the Teutoburg Forest too.
Healthy time out
In Bad Salzuflen, for example, the healing power of brine is used. The graduation works once used to produce salt creates a sea-like climate in the town. Up to 300,000 litres of salt water ripple over blackthorn walls every day. The power of the moors is used in Bad Driburg and Bad Meinberg. Precious plant parts that have decomposed naturally over many centuries are what form the sulphur moor’s active substances. In Bad Oeynhausen, mineral springs effervesce: in the neo-classical covered walkway, visitors can sample the healing water from depths of up to 600 metres.
Many historical sites in the region can be explored on foot or by bicycle: the Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann Monument) near Detmold, which commemorates the Battle of Teutoburg Forest under the Cherusci chieftain Arminius (Hermann), or the Externsteine near Horn-Bad Meinberg, thirteen sandstone cliffs that reach heights of up to 40 metres. The Hermannsweg (Hermann Trail) and Eggeweg (Egge Trail) pass by here. On the Weser-Radweg (Weser Cycle Trail), cyclists can get to Castle Corvey, one of the most important monasteries and a UNESCO world heritage site.