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Schmallenberg is a rural area in the Sauerland region of South Westphalia. Marketed as Schmallenberger Sauerland, it is a recognised health resort and popular vacation destination for hiking, winter sports, and other outdoor activities.

Understand

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Schmallenberg is the third-largest municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne and Münster, with a population of 25,000 in 2020, 6,100 of whom live in the main town. Of course that's only if you go by area – it's also remarkably sparse in population compared to most other parts of NRW. The municipality covers more than 300 km² and consists of the town 1 Schmallenberg and about 80 villages and hamlets that were incorporated into Schmallenberg in 1975. The whole area shares a single postal code (57392) and street addresses will not tell you whether a place is located in the core town Schmallenberg or far away in one of the surrounding villages.

History

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Aerial view of the historic town centre with its characteristic parallel main roads

Archaeological records suggests that the area has been inhabited since the iron age (around 200 BC). Remains of a hillfort from that time can still be seen on top of the Wilzenberg mountain to the east of the town. Written records start with the foundation of the Grafschaft Abbey at the foot of the same mountain in 1072. For its protection, a small castle (Smale Burg in contemporary language) was constructed on a ridge above the Lenne river around 1200. Over time, the castle disappeared, but a fortified settlement remained and gained city rights in 1244.

The current appearance of the historic core city was shaped in the 19th century, after in 1822 a fire destroyed the city almost completely sparing no more than 16 houses and the church. As a consequence, the city was rebuild with not one but two unusually wide main roads, so that future fires would not spread so easily. The architecture from that time takes a local spin on the contemporary Prussian classicism by including traditional elements such as black timber framing and slate-covered roofs and walls. More traditional architecture can still be found in many of the older villages.

From the 19th century on, and especially after World War II, Schmallenberg became the center of the local textile industry. Most competitors from that era did not survive the age of globalization, though. Only Falke is still going strong, focusing on high-end socks, stockings, and other knitwear. Still producing locally, the company is one of the most important employers – and the reason the city proudly wears its nickname Strumpfstadt: City of Stockings.

Landscape

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a typical view of the landscape

Schmallenberg's landscape is typical for a German Mittelgebirge. Its rolling hills and medium high mountains range from about 330 to 830 metres above sea level. In the valleys along the clear creeks, you will find many small villages with their typical black and white houses. The lower elevations are characterised by agricultural use. In the spring, canola fields and meadows full of dandelions form oceans of yellow flowers. Later in the year, wheat and corn dominate the scene. On the poorer, shallower soils higher up, plantations of Christmas trees (an important export commodity) are a common sight. The ridges and mountain tops are covered by a mix of old spruce and beech forests as well new forest developing on former clear cuts.

The landscape's modern day appearance is the result of a long history. Formerly covered in ancient beech forests, the region was largely deforested over the centuries, leading to soil degradation and acidification. In the late 18th century, high demand for wood led to rapid re-forestation with monocultures of fast-growing spruce trees. These would characterize the higher elevations for the following 200 years until the early 21st century.

This beautiful little chapel on a hill was hidden in the forest until the storm exposed it.

This changed rapidly when, during a single night in 2007, winter storm Kyrill wiped out entire forests of the flat-rooted spruce. Residents and long-term regular visitors were equally shocked, but soon learned to appreciate the new views and increased diversity in the recovering landscape. From the late 2010s on, rising temperatures and prolonged drought facilitated a devastating spread of the bark beetle, destroying large parts of the remaining spruce forests. As forest owners ponder their options facing climate change, many see this as a chance to reconsider and move towards a more natural and robust forest structure.

Tourism

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Many places are prepared for visitors from the Netherlands.

Like the rest of the mountainous parts of the Sauerland, Schmallenberg is a popular holiday location. City folk from the Ruhr love to come for a couple of days in nature. Yellow license plates from the Netherlands are a common sight, especially in winter. The main tourist information centre is located in Schmallenberg, and there's another one in Bad Fredeburg:

Guests who stay over night will be issued a https://www.schmallenberger-sauerland.de/en/interesting-facts/schmallenberger-sauerland-card Schmallenberger SauerlandCard] by their hosts. It gives you considerable discounts on public transport and most tourist attractions in Schmallenberg. The card also includes everything the regular SauerlandCard offers, encouraging you to also visit the neighbouring regions of the Sauerland.

Get in

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By car

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There is no Autobahn nearby, so expect between 45 min to 2 hr of cross-country driving, depending on where you're coming from. Below are a couple of suggestions for commonly used routes from different directions. These are using high-level Bundesstraße type roads as much as possible for easy driving and navigation.

From north-westerly directions, e.g. coming from the Ruhr Area, Münsterland, or the Netherlands, Schmallenberg can be reached quite conveniently. Exit the A 46 in Enste or Meschede and follow the B 55 and B 511 south.

Coming from Cologne, a common route is to take the A 4 and A 45 to Olpe, from where you'll follow the B 55, L 715, and B 236 via Bilstein and Lennestadt-Altenhundem. This route also works well when you're coming from southerly places like Frankfurt or even Nuremberg. There are other options from this direction that are shorter, but as they all cross the Rothaar mountains on curvy roads rather than going around them via Autobahn, they do not offer much in terms of travel time or fuel efficiency.

Coming from the south on the A 7 or from the east on the A 4 (e.g. from Erfurt), a common route is to merge onto the A 5 and then almost immediately exit in Alsfeld-Ost. From there, follow the B 62 and B 252 to Münchhausen, from where the B 236 will take you to Schmallenberg via Hallenberg and Winterberg. The first part of this is not much fun to drive due to the high number of trucks and speed cameras along the B 62, so if you have time to spare maybe consider a slower alternative through the countryside.

Coming from easterly places like Leipzig, there's no really convenient route available either. You can take the A 44 west from Kassel and after a short while take exit Zierenberg to get on the B 251 towards Korbach. From there it's various local roads until Winterberg and then the B 236 to Schmallenberg.

From the northeast, you can aim for Bestwig and then take the L 776 (locally named Heringhauser Straße) south towards Bad Fredeburg.

By bus

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Schmallenberg is part of the Regionalverkehr Ruhr-Lippe (RLG) Network. The town is connected to the surrounding cities through a number of hourly bus connections:

  • Winterberg via line S40, travel time 1 hour
  • Eslohe via line R96, travel time 30 minutes
  • Meschede via line S90, travel time 1 hour
  • Lennestadt-Altenhundem via line SB9, travel time 30 minutes

Flixbus has a stop in Schmallenberg-Bödefeld, that is served by a single route from Amsterdam via Arnhem and the Ruhr area.

By train

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The city is not directly accessibly by train. The closest train stations are in Lennestadt-Altenhundem, Meschede, Winterberg, and Aue-Wingeshausen.

On foot

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There are several long-distance hiking trails passing through Schmallenberg. The E1 Long Distance Path passes though some of the most beautiful villages in the area. The 157-km Rothaarsteig that connects Brilon and Dillenburg runs along the ridge of the Rothaar mountains in the South. The 251-km Sauerland-Höhenflug cuts through the municipality from east to west.

By bike

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Schmallenberg is connected to Lennestadt and Eslohe through the Sauerland Cycle Circuit (SauerlandRadring), a looped scenic bike road running largely on former railway lines. There's also a northern extension that connects to the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path (Ruhrtalradweg). The Lenneroute, a 142-km bike route from Winterberg to Hagen along the Lenne river also passes through Schmallenberg.

By plane

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There are no airports with scheduled traffic close-by. For business jets and the like, Siegerland airport (SGE IATA) is the closest option. The local airfield will do fine for most sports planes, but if your MOTM exceeds 3 t Meschede (ICAO: EDKM) can be an alternative.

  • 1 Schmallenberg-Rennefeld Airfield (ICAO: EDKR) (north-west of the core town, between the villages of Werpe and Wormbach). The local airfield is used for all kinds of air sports and can be quite busy on a summer weekend. The 875 × 30-m grass runway is straight, well-maintained and easy to approach. Pilots from elsewhere are welcome, but you better make sure they know you are coming so someone can hop on the tower (PPR; VFR only; max. 3,000 kg MTOM). Schmallenberg-Rennefeld airfield (Q1433839) on Wikidata

Get around

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Map
Map of Schmallenberg

By car

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Usually, taking the car will be the most convenient way to get around. Depending on your vehicle and driving experience, the curvy mountain roads (although usually well maintained) can be a bit challenging – especially in winter.

Roadside parking in the core of Schmallenberg is free, but limited to two hours at daytime. If you plan to stay longer, consider the 3 parking lot behind the Stadthalle, which is both free and unlimited. In Bad Fredeburg, the large 4 parking lot behind the Kurhaus usually is a good choice. Residential areas and villages are generally safe to park in too – the largest danger would be giant tractors squeezing through, so make sure to leave some space. Outside the settlements, there are plenty of parking lots for hikers (Wanderparkplatz) placed strategically close to the trail heads.

As of 2024, public charging stations for electrical cars are still quite sparse in the villages, but more and more are popping up in the core city. Hotels are also increasingly recognizing the demand.

International car rental companies are notably absent from the area. Instead, rental cars are available from the rental services of German car manufacturers through car dealers like Gierse & Schöllmann (VW Euromobil) or Müller (Opel Rent), as well as from local rental company Metek.

On foot

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Most villages are small enough to be conquered on foot, and the same is true for the historical centre of Schmallenberg. Outside the buildup areas, there are hiking routes galore (see Do section). Although the terrain can be steep sometimes, heavy mountain boots are by no means required here. Something waterproof is still a good idea, though, as heavy forestry vehicles can turn certain sections into a mud-fest after rain. But if the weather is fair, a pair of light trail shoes will suffice on most occasions, as many routes follow the forestry roads and smaller paths are well-maintained.

By bike

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Historically, bikes were never really a viable option for anything but sports and child's play. That's partially because of the sweat-inducing terrain, but also because cars and bikes do not work well together on the curvy roads. But the rise of pedelecs and e-bikes negates the former, and the authorities have started to work on the latter by building a network of dedicated bike paths between the villages. Today, renting a bike is a great way to explore the area as long as you stay away from the major roads. Get an electrified mountain bike, and there's hardly any place you cannot reach on two wheels.

By bus

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There are three types of scheduled bus services available, all of them can be used free of charge with the Sauerland Card:

  • Regional RLG bus lines.
  • Local Bürgerbus (citizen bus) lines: small buses driven by volunteer drivers connect some of those villages that otherwise would be without public transport at all.
  • Touristic Wanderbus (hiking bus) lines three times a day circle around the villages that offer popular hiking opportunities. They can also carry your bike, but you'll have to call +49 2972 974 00 at least one day ahead to make a reservation.

By cab

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Pretty much the only reason the average able-bodied local would ever consider taking a taxi here is for getting home from the pub or Schützenfest at the neighbor village late at night. If you intend to take a cab home at this time, plan ahead and call well in advance. There are only two regular taxi companies in the city: Taxi Spieler ( +49 2972 92 10 92) and Taxi Habbel ( +49 2972 55 55).

There are a couple of on-demand shuttle services available to Sauerland Card holders for only €2 per ride and person (€1 for children). The Ruf-Taxen operate on fixed routes three times a day, and the Wander-Taxen complement the Wanderbus on weekends. See the Wanderbus brochure (in German) for schedules and phone numbers or ask your host for assistance.

By plane

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Schmallenberg-Rennefeld airfield (see Get in) is a great home base for cross-country flights in light aircraft and gliders. There is much to see, few airspace restrictions around and plenty of other little airfields to discover. For the motor-less, the terrain makes for good thermals; and if the wind blows just right across the ridge of the Rothaar Mountains, you may find yourself in the lucky position to enjoy the quiet lift of a lee wave.

See

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  • 1 Local heritage museum (Westfälisches Schieferbergbau- und Heimatmuseum Holthausen), Kirchstraße 7, 57392 Schmallenberg-Holthausen (Note: Make sure to actually go to Holthausen, as there are 2 more "Kirchstraße" in other villages nearby.), +49 2974 6932, . W F Sa 14:00–17:00; Su 10:00–13:00. On about 2.500 m² you will find information about slate mining and other aspects of local history. Grownups €5, kids €2.50.

Fine arts

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The core town of Schmallenberg is stuffed to the brim with all kinds of sculptures, and even in the villages you may find them here and there.

  • WaldSkulpturenWeg (Wood Sculpture Path). In many ways the largest art project in the region: A total of 9 giant sculptures are hidden in the forests along a hiking route between Schmallenberg and Bad Berleburg on the other side of the Rothaar mountains. You don't need to walk the whole 25 km trail, though, as many of them can be reached conveniently from nearby parking lots.
  • 2 Galerie Klute - Waldemai (Waldemai art gallery), Niedersorpe 43, 57392 Schmallenberg (Niedersorpe) (Half way along the road between Niedersorpe and Mittelsorpe), +49 2975 206, . April through October Tu–Su 11:00–16:00, otherwise on request. At the bottom of the valley at the side of the picturesque Sorpe creek lies this private art gallery. The adjacent sculpture park has big and often humorous metal sculptures, some of which can be admired from the outside. Park €3.00, gallery €5.00, kids and customers free.
  • 3 Kunstschmiede Schütte (Schütte Arts Forge), Lennestraße 8, 57392 Schmallenberg (Oberkirchen) (Just north of Oberkirchen, follow signs for "Schwarze Fabrik" upstream the Lenne river), . M-F 09:30–12:30 & 14:00–18:00, Sa 10:00–13:00, Café daily 11:00–18:00. Located in the historic "black factory", a former charcoal production facility, the forge today produces all kinds of decorative and practical metal works. There's a free exhibition, and the attached Café is a popular spot for some afternoon coffee & cake. Free.
  • Südwestfälische Galerie (South Westphalia Gallery). Collection of about 7000 paintings, graphics, and sculptures by local artists. The gallery is located at the local heritage museum, see above for prices and hours.
  • 4 Kunsthaus Alte Mühle, Unter der Stadtmauer 4, 57392 Schmallenberg, . Arts center with varying exhibitions, concerts and the like.

Churches, chapels, and and the like

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The catholic church has played a major role throughout the history of the region. Almost every village has an old church or at least a little white chapel to discover, and most of them are unlocked throughout the day. Most notable are probably the 13th century Romanesque churches in Berghausen and Wormbach.

Most villages will also have a Way of Sorrows ("Kreuzweg") with 14 little shrines illustrating the "stations of the cross" going up an adjacent hill with yet another white chapel on top. Even away from the villages, it is almost impossible to go for a walk without coming across some sort of hand-carved wooden cross or a little shrine dedicated some kind of saint.

  • 5 St. Cyriakus church (in the village centre of Berghausen). Built at the very beginning of the 13th century, this is not only one of the oldest churches in the area, it is also very well-preserved. The original contemporary frescoes were hidden under layers of paint for centuries and were rediscovered in 1936. Free. St. Cyriakus (Q1282015) on Wikidata
  • 6 St. Peter & Paul church, Alt Wormbach 2, 57392 Schmallenberg (in the village centre of Wormbach). Open daily. Wormbach has been a place of worship since long before Christianity replaced pagan beliefs. Later, became an important center for early Christianisation. The romanesque church from the mid-13th century also has re-discovered frescoes, including a mysterious set of zodiac signs that's still puzzling historians. The much younger altarpiece and other baroque style parts of the interior give the place a very different feel from the more plain appearance of the neighbouring Berghausen. Free. St. Peter und Paul (Q1491687) on Wikidata

Do

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Outdoor activities

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Hiking is very popular among visitors and locals alike. Whether you'd like to take a quick walk around the village or lust for a multi-day trail, there's something available for almost anyone. General information is available from the tourist information's webpages. An interactive online map with detailed information on individual routes plus gpx and kml downloads are available from the region's official portal at outdooractive.com. For mobile phones, it is suggested to use the dedicated smartphone apps for the South Westphalia region (free for iphone and android). Paper maps with 1:25.000 scale and hillshading are available at the tourist information in Schmallenberg and the online shop. Routes are usually well-maintained and clearly marked. If you don't know where to start, maybe consider one of the Golddorf trails that circle around some of the most beautiful villages in the region.

Schmallenberg has a lot to offer in terms of winter sports. If the conditions are right, there are dozens of lifts and about 400 km of prepared cross-country trails available (PDF map). And if it's just not quite cold enough, nearby Winterberg up the mountain range can usually still squeeze a few flakes out of their snow machines.

  • 1 Greenhill Bikepark (at the ski lift south of Gellinghausen), +49 2977 709 513 7, . F–Su 10:00–18:00, Th 15:00–19:00. Downhill bike park with a wide variety of different trails and a lift go get you back to the top. It is suggested to make a reservation online in advance, as the number of tickets per day is limited. Helmet mandatory. Rental bikes and protection equipment available (first come first serve). €32.50 (full day, grownup). Parking is free, €5 per night if you stay in your camper (limited, no reservations).
  • 2 Wellen-Freibad (Outdoor swimming pool), Paul-Falke-Platz 13, 57392 Schmallenberg (Behind the Stadthalle), +49 2974 96800. During the summer season daily 13:00–19:00, weekends, public holidays and during NRW school holidays from 11:00, June to August on Tu also 6:30–8:00. Has a large wave pool, diving tower, beach volleyball court and plenty of space for sunbathing. Day pass €3.50/5.00 for kids/adults.

On a rainy day

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  • 3 Freizeitwelt Sauerland, Auf dem Loh 12, 57392 Schmallenberg, +49 2972 978 555, . M–W 14:00–22:00, Th F 14:00–00:00, Sa 10:00–00:00, Su 10:00–20:00; opens at 10:00 on public holidays and during school holidays; Thiko's Kinderland always closes at 19:00. What started as an indoor playground for children has rapidly grown into a centre for all kinds of recreational activities. Due to limited capacity in times of COVID-19, it is recommended to book a time slot in advance online. As usual with these kinds of venues, bringing your own food and drinks is not allowed.
    • Thiko's Kinderland. 1600 m² of indoor playground and another 1400 m² outdoors from May to September. Bring socks for indoors and be prepared for more than just a little splash of water outdoors. The 4-hour ticket costs €9 for children older than 2 and €5.50 for grown-ups and younger children.
    • Kletterhalle Sauerland. Indoor climbing centre with climbing walls, high ropes course, slack line and a micro bowling alley. Prices vary depending on what you do there.
    • Jump. 500 m² of trampolines on steroids. Minimum age is 10 years (7 years from 10:00–13:00 on weekends), grown-ups welcome. Make sure there are no zippers, rivets, or other sharp parts on your clothes, as they could damage you or the equipment. €9 per person per hour. For reasons of security and hygiene, you'll also have to buy a pair of special socks for €3 the first time you go there.
    • Hologate. Changing selection of hologate virtual reality games. A maximum of 4 people can play at the same time, but you can come with a larger group and take turns. €75 per group for half an hour.
  • 4 SauerlandBAD (Thermal baths), Sportzentrum 1, 57392 Schmallenberg (Bad Fredeburg), +49 2974 968 00, . Daily 10:00–21:15 with exceptions: Opens late on Mondays outside school holidays and early on Wednesdays. Closes later on Sundays and during school holidays. Small but modern and barrier-free. It has a bit of everything: Slides and other fun things for kids and toddlers, a decent pool for actual swimming, hot tubs and a steam bath for relaxing. Separate sauna area with 5 different saunas (ladies only on Wednesdays). From €3.50/5.00 (1h) to €6.00/10.50 (day pass) for kids/adults, various group & family tickets available. Sauna from €14.80/17.90 (3h) for kids/adults (swimming included).

Learn

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  • 5 Musikbildungszentrum Südwestfalen (Music education center), Johannes-Hummel-Weg 1, 57392 Schmallenberg (Bad Fredeburg), . With differently sized rooms that can fit anything from a jazz trio to an entire symphonic orchestra, the music education center offers practice facilities for all kinds of musical groups. With an attached hotel/hostel and catering options, this is a great place for an intense practice weekend or recording session. Large instruments like pianos, upright basses and drum sets are available upon request. Musikbildungszentrum Südwestfalen (Q413856) on Wikidata

Buy

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For a town of its size, Schmallenberg still maintains a remarkable selection of independent, family-owned shops and stores along its parallel main streets, the Weststraße and the Oststraße.

  • 1 Kompass, Am Radring 2, 57392 Schmallenberg (Bad Fredeburg), +49 2974 837 27, . M–F 09:30–12:30 & 14:00–18:00, Sa 09:30–13:00. Outdoor and hiking supplies – without doubt the best address if you need a last minute backpack or a new pair of hiking boots.
  • 2 Falke factory outlet, Ohlgasse 5, 57692 Schmallenberg, +49 2972 799 773 49. M–F 10:00–18:00, Sa 09:00–16:00. When visiting the self-proclaimed city of stockings, you've got to check out some knitted goods for your feet. Stockings, tights, sportswear and of course high-tech socks for every occasion: running, hiking, skiing, or even arctic expeditions. You might even get a good deal on second grade quality items with minor blemishes.

Eat

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As you would expect in a rural area with many hard-working people, the local cuisine always had a certain focus on getting calories on the table. Many restaurants offer local game from the forests and trout from the creeks. On the other end of the culinary spectrum, things are steadily improving, though. Vegetarians should be able to get by quite well nowadays, while vegans may still have to look around a bit to find something appealing.

  • 1 Stoffels, Weststraße 29, 57392 Schmallenberg, +49 2972 2537, . Hotel, restaurant, cafe, pub — the Stoffels does it all, does it well, and does it with an atmosphere.
  • 2 Hofstube, Alte Handelsstraße 5, 57362 Schmallenberg (belongs to the Deimann Hotel in Winkhausen), +49 2975 810. W-Sa. Highly decorated fine dining with french style full-course dinner experience. Prior registration required, no à la carte options, guests are requested to arrive by 19:00.
  • 3 Postgrill, Poststraße 3, 57392 Schmallenberg (On the parking lot in front of Lidl.). M–Sa 11:30–20:00, Su 12:00–20:00. This is where you go for your currywurst fix.

Cafés

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Whether you need to re-fuel on your hike or something to do on a rainy afternoon, Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) in one the local Cafés is a great way to enjoy the countryside.

Drink

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This is the country side. Which means that there are no clubs, period. There are a couple of decent pubs in Schmallenberg and Bad Fredeburg, but other than that, most of the drinking tends to happen in someone's backyard or at some kind of cultural or not-so-cultural event.

Pubs & locations

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  • 1 Schaukelstuhl, Altstadt 2, 57392 Schmallenberg (in the town centre of Bad Fredeburg), +49 2974 6761. W 19:00–00:00, Th–Sa 19:00–02:00. Pubs come and go, but it seems like the Schaukelstuhl (rocking chair) has always been there. Rustic atmosphere and a decent selection of cocktails.
  • 2 Gasthof Mönig (Beim Schacka), Oststraße 15, 57392 Schmallenberg, +49 2972 961264. Th–Su 17:00–05:00. The ambience of this place falls into the awkward zone of being too old to be hip and too new to be rustic, and that's exactly what makes it authentic. That, and the Innkeeper, who is well-known for his love for the blues and rock'n'roll.
  • 3 Habbels, Bahnhofstraße 5, 57392 Schmallenberg, +49 2972 974382, . Sa. The Habbels is one of Schmallenberg's cultural hot spots. It was built in 1929 as a dance and theatre hall and converted into a cinema in the 1950s. In the 2000s it was modernised and turned back into a general-purpose event location. Typically open on Saturday evenings, with a mixed program from hard rock tribute bands and 1980s dance parties to jazz and cabaret.

Events

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In the summer months, there's always a Schützenfest going on somewhere.

  • 1 Waldfest: Yearly on Whitsunday/Pentecost. At its core, the Waldfest in Latrop is just another German folk festival with bratwurst, beer and blasmusik. It's the location that makes it special: At the very end of the village, they put up tents and little food stands deep in the forest right under the big old beech trees. If the weather is nice, many people from the surrounding place take this as an opportunity for a (often beer-fuled) hike.

Sleep

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In terms of accommodation, Schmallenberg has something to offer for almost everyone. There are fancy four-star hotels, cozy inns, holiday homes, and camping grounds; almost all of them family-owned. The Ferienhof (vacation farm, see Agritourism) concept has proven particularly popular with families: Around the turn of the century, some farmers began to abandon agriculture as their main source of income. Keeping only a small stock of animals, they converted their barns and stables into guest rooms and offered them to stressed-out city-dwellers looking for peace and quiet. Nowadays, there are several of these family-run businesses embedded in the villages, offering a gently romanticized version of farm life in a child-friendly environment.

  • 1 Hotel Deimann, Alte Handelsstraße 5, 57362 Schmallenberg (east of the core town in the village of Winkhausen), +49 2975 810, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. Luxury hotel with plenty of opportunities for all kinds of wellness, the golf course lies just a few hundred metres up the hill, and you won't even have to bring your own Porsche, as they have one available for renting during the summer months. Double rooms from €222.

Connect

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Mobile phone connectivity has been improved during the past years, but is still worse than you might expect in Germany. In the core city, 4G mobile network is reliably available. In some of the more remote villages and mountainous areas, however, the signal can be weak or even non-existent.

A couple of local businesses have joined the Freifunk initiative of the neighboring City of Winterberg, offering free WiFi hotspots for anyone (map available here).

Stay healthy

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In case of a medical emergency, do not hesitate to call 112 – depending on where you are, it may take quite a while for an ambulance to reach you. The Fachkrankenhaus Kloster Grafschaft's emergency ward is your first address for things like strokes, chest pains, lung problems and allergic reactions. For major injuries, you'll probably be taken to St. Josefs in Lennestadt-Altenhundem or St. Franziskus in Winterberg.

The region boast a total of 5 state-recognized health resorts (Kurorte). The core town as well as the villages of 2 Ohlenbach and 3 Nordenau Nordenau on Wikipedia are recognised for their clear air and thus classified as a Luftkurort. 4 Grafschaft Grafschaft (Schmallenberg) on Wikipedia has a long history of treating miners from the Ruhrgebiet for their occupational lung diseases. Today it is known for its healthy climate and a highly specialised lung clinic. Finally, 5 Bad Fredeburg Bad Fredeburg on Wikipedia is a recognised spa town that offers traditional Kneipp hydrotherapy.

  • 6 Fachkrankenhaus Kloster Grafschaft, Annostraße 1, 57392 Schmallenberg (Grafschaft) (In the main building of the old monastery), +49 2972 791 00. A hospital specialized on lung and heart diseases, allergies, and geriatrics. Fachkrankenhaus Kloster Grafschaft (Q15110594) on Wikidata

Stay safe

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The local police station is located in Bad Fredeburg, not in Schmallenberg as one might expect.

  • 7 Police station (Polizeiwache Schmallenberg), Mothmecke 7, 57392 Schmallenberg (across the road and down the hill from the church in Bad Fredeburg), +49 2974 96940 3811.

Go next

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  • Winterberg for more hiking and skiing
  • Bestwig for the Fort Fun theme park and a tour through the Ramsbeck mine
Routes through Schmallenberg
DillenburgHilchenbach  E  W  WinterbergBrilon
IserlohnLennestadt  W  E  WinterbergAllendorf (Eder)
Ends at Eslohe-Bremke ←  N  S  END


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