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Encounters are simply good for you.

When they are real - and we take the time for them.

Encounters cannot take place digitally, even if social media often make us believe this. We feel connected, but ultimately we are not connected in such moments. We can share pictures and news - that's great for keeping in touch. But a real exchange only happens when we are face to face or when we go out into nature, breathe in the fresh air, look at the light over the woods and feel part of a greater whole.

Here in the Schmallenberg Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe we have a special way of thinking and acting. We all see ourselves as a large community that makes this region a wonderful place to live for locals and guests alike. People who come to us feel this: when they are greeted with a "hello" or "hello" on the street. When they see how lovingly the locals look after their houses, gardens and traditions, thus shaping the typical image of the Schmallenberger Sauerland. When they come to their hosts, who not only give them a warm welcome, but also surprise them with the highest quality.

It is therefore about a very personal exploration of these spaces of encounter. They remind us of something essential that is the basis of everything in our region: having, living and being at home.

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The best of Schmallenberg & Eslohe

The magazine for guests and friends

This is an invitation to you, dear guests and friends of the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe, to collect
moments. With ourselves and with others. When you wake up in the morning in a cozy bed without any time pressure. When you walk through our forests with a rucksack on your back and breathe in their scent. When you sit and chat with your friends or family over a good meal. We are all travelers - let's collect many moments together in 2024.

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Meeting special people

Those with the HeimatGlück

Alexandra Weißenfels-Seemer & Julia Seemer

"This is the kind of dish we remember from our childhood. A meal for the soul that puts a smile on your face."

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The one with the Stollen cheese

Stefan Belke

"The cheeses have the perfect climate for maturing here, as the millions of years old rock maintains a constant six degrees Celsius and 95 percent humidity."

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The one with the lucky formula

Martin Riffelmann

"My passion for mustard comes from the fact that I've always loved spreading it on bread."

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The Libero

Karl Anton Schütte

"I'm the libero who steps in when someone needs a hiking recommendation or something else. I want guests to feel that we are there for them as a family and that we care about them."

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The guardian

Karin Salamon

"I have that vacation feeling on the farm every day. It just makes me happy when I see the children's eyes light up."

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The trailblazers

Meinolf und Andre Mergheim

"I think it's an honorable task to be able to show others the way. I leave a small landmark with every sign."

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The detail lover

Martin Schürmann

"We work together on ways of living and the sense of space from the inside to the outside and vice versa. This is the only way to create individual and holistic solutions."

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The saddle stalwart

Georg Fabri

Why is the Culinary E-Bike Tour through the golden villages in the Schmallenberger Sauerland a perfect match for Georg Fabri and he for it?

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The world wanderer

Elisabeth Grube

"For a moment, I was completely removed from everyday life. In a kind of space in between, where there is nothing but the now. Like breathing in and out."

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The Power Ranger

Stefan Knippertz

"For me, the forest is a companion in life. The trees, the animals, the smells, the seasons and everything that happens there."

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The interior designer

Hans-Gerhard Schörmann

With his work, Hans-Gerhard Schörmann creates a feel-good atmosphere for many hosts in the Schmallenberg Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe.

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The art lover

Christiane Kellersmann

What does a pink wall have to do with the "kunsthaus Alte Mühle" - and how did Christiane Kellersmann bring art to Schmallenberg ...

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The home and nature lover

Bärbel Michels

Bärbel Michels tells her story of how she found Alte Forsthaus in Rehsiepenin the quiet Schmallenberg Sorpetal which was up for sale.

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The down-to-earth

Daniela Bette-Koch

Daniela Bette about her connection to Schmallenberg Sauerlandher childhood places, home and how the Schmallenberg mentality has often helped her as an actress ...

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The "Schmallenberg" photographer

Klaus-Peter Kappest

Why art in Schmallenberg Sauerland is not only to be seen in the museum - and what the light artist Klaus-Peter Kappest has to do with it...

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All real!

As part of the creation of our 2019 magazine, a special photo shoot took place with the actress Daniela Bette-Koch in the Schmallenberger Sauerland took place. We would like to share our ideas and thoughts for the magazine with you in several parts. See for yourself what the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe so special!

Encounter with nature - Making-of part 1

Encounter with nature - Making-of part 2

Encounter with nature - Making-of part 3

Encounter with nature - Making-of part 4

Encounter with nature - Making-of part 5

Only flying is better!

From the sheltered villages, you head out into the vast landscape. Around every bend, a new picture emerges: clear, bubbling streams, jagged rocks, an old giant tree that tells of the storms of time... In the following places, you will breathe in a particularly large portion of freedom and adventure!

Meeting yourself...

Powerful places in the midst of nature, pre-Christian places of worship, churches that tell stories - the Schmallenberger Sauerland has a long spiritual tradition. The region sees it as an important mission to bring this to life - even beyond its own borders. Ideal conditions to take some time for yourself and find yourself...

There is magic in the encounter - with ourselves.

Close your eyes for a moment: who is breathing, sitting and reading right now? How pleasant it is when all thoughts stop for a moment. A tiny little break in the midst of an everyday life full of speed. Quickly to this appointment, organize something there and then when we are stopped by a traffic jam, we see red... Is there another way? Deep down knowledge we realize that there is something that goes beyond all this. In moments of silence, we experience that we are part of something that is not visible, but tangible. Connectedness. Then we come to rest.

Discover beautiful places and villages...

Really enjoy a forest bath ...

Find a section of forest that appeals to you personally. Begin the forest bath with conscious, very slow walking. Concentrate on your breathing and your steps. You can also walk barefoot if the ground doesn't pick and scratch you too much. Listen to the sounds in the forest: the birdsong, the rustling of the leaves, cracking branches. Try to listen in all directions. Just let your gaze wander without focusing on a particular point. If your thoughts keep distracting you, imagine how they move on like clouds in the sky and keep "bathing". Find a beautiful, large tree with a thick trunk and lean against it - sitting or standing. Feel its strength and how you can release all your heaviness onto it. How old do you think it is? How many storms it has already experienced and survived.

This exercise may be unusual at first. Slow walking in particular is quite unfamiliar to most people. Just try it out and see how it goes. In any case, you should be relaxed - or have plenty to giggle about with children.


Unsure? The relaxation and health educator Petra Breker will accompany you to Waldbaden.


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Dear guests!
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