The closest airport is in Dortmund, about 25 km away. Iserlohn has a train station that is the terminus of two railway lines. One goes to Dortmund via Schwerte, the other one goes to Essen via Hagen and Bochum. If you are travelling by car, Iserlohn can be reached by using the motorway (Autobahn) A 46.
The local transport system is mainly operated by buses of the regional transportation company MVG. Buses not only operate different routes within the city, but also go to neighbouring towns.
A city map for cyclists is available in the tourist office or can be downloaded here. There is a bike rental for e-bikes at the train station (ask in the bookstore, phone +49 (0)2371-22189). Other bike rentals are: Bike Man Schluckert, Theodor-Heuss-Ring 7, phone +49 (0)2371-20657; Rolf Navel, Hohler Weg 13, phone +49 (0)2371-12966.
Iserlohn offers various different things to see and do:
Sights and landmarks
- Danzturm: former semaphore tower with a nice view over the city. It can be visited (and climbed) during the opening hours of the neighbouring restaurant.
- Dechenhoehle and German Cave Museum: Dechenhoehle is a flowstone cave that was discovered in 1868 during construction works for the new railway line. Today the cave is open for visitors and so is the Cave Museum next door.
- Seilersee: small water supply dam; lake not for swimming, but boating is fine and the boat hire open during the summer months.
- Industrial heritage site Maste-Barendorf: The small village of historic factories is part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Here, you find the Museum of Needles where you learn that in the 19th century, more than 100 working steps were required for the production of needles. There are also a number of gallery spaces with changing exhibitions and the original site of a brass foundry.
- Corn Distillery Bimberg, Gut Lenninghausen , guided tours and Schnaps tastings on request.
- Altstadt quarter/Obere Mühle
- St. Aloysius
- Oberste Stadtkirche: gothic church dating from the 14th century.
- Bauernkirche: Oldest building in town. The now-Protestant church dates from around 1000.
- St. Kilian (Letmathe): Located in the district of Letmathe, this neogothic hall church dates from 1914. It possesses a relic from Saint John Paul II.
- Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are displayed at Villa Wessel, Gartenstraße 31.
- The municipal gallery Staedtische Galerie (Theodor-Heuss-Ring 24) shows regular high quality changing exhibitions with a specialisation in photography. Previous exhibitions were dedicated to the work of Jan Banning, Steve McCurry or Willy Ronis.
- Iserlohn Tourist Information, ☎ . Is located inside the train station, Bahnhofsplatz 2.
- Take a walk on the old town wall. The narrow path is now called Gosengasse and can be entered from either Hans-Böckler-Strasse or Westergraben.
- Go for a hike in the woods and mountains surrounding the city centre.
- Celebrate the Schuetzenfest on Alexanderhoehe and watch the riflemen's parade passing by. The Iserlohn Schuetzenfest is the biggest folk festival in the region and usually takes place in July, shortly before the school summer holidays start (in 2014: July 4–7).
- Watch the local first league ice hockey team Iserlohn Roosters play in the ice stadium, Seeuferstr. 25.
Most shops are located in the pedestrian precinct which is mainly formed by the streets Unnaer Straße, Wermingser Straße and Laarstraße. Here, you will find department stores like Karstadt or local stores such as B&U. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, a farmer's market opens its booths around the fountain on the new market square and on Schillerplatz.
The local beer Iserlohner is brewed in the city since 1899. It is served in numerous bars and restaurants in the region and can be bought in the local supermarkets.
- An unusual hotel, 3*, is the Literaturhotel which is full of books not only in the house's own huge library, but every guest will also find a personal selection of recent publications on his bed table.
- Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. 4* superior hotel located on the banks of the Seilersee.
- Camp site Ruhrtalblick located on the banks of the river Ruhr