Hermann Monument in Detmold in the Teutoburg Forest, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Teuto­burg Forest


Spa baths, the Her­manns­den­k­mal and the Ex­tern­steine rock form­a­tion

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.

View of the Externsteine in the Teutoburg Forest from normal perspective, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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.

Dalheim Klosteranlage, © Stiftung Kloster Dalheim

Genu­inely hand-brewed

Visitors to Detmold can see that women know a thing or two about brewing beer. The Strate Detmold private brewery is a family-owned business where Renate Strate and her daughters Friederike and Simone brew fine beer specialities such as Detmold Pilsener, Detmold Landbier, Weizen, and Kellerbier. Founded in 1863, the listed private brewery is counted among the most beautiful ones of its kind in Germany. Paying it a visit is highly recommended.

Schlossbrauerei Rheder brewery in Brakel near Bad Driburg has cutting-edge technology meet the traditional art of brewing. The barley used for brewing here grows on the castle’s own property, while water is brought in from the adjacent Sieseberg nature reserve. Apart from brewery tours, brewery festivals are a regular occurrence at Rheder Castle. A stroll through its English landscape park, baroque garden, or willow palace is well worth the time. UNESCO World Heritage Site Schloss Corvey is just around the corner, too. The former Benedictine abbey with its impressive westwork is certainly worth a visit.

If you have time to spare for some further beer delicacies, you will find the Ernst Barre private brewery at the foot of the Wiehengebirge in Lübbecke. The brewery’s old vaulted cellar has become the home of the only brewery museum in East Westphalia-Lippe with old brewing machines and tools.

  • Aussicht auf Bielefeld im Teutoburger Wald bei Nacht, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH
    Teutoburg Forest, near Horn-Bad Meinberg, Lippischer Velmerstot, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Teutoburg Forest, Altenbeken, Natural Heritage Trail, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • View of the Hermann Monument in the Teutoburg Forest, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Marienmünster Abbey, Teutoburg Forest, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Torfmoor Teutoburg Forest, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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