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Art & Culture

Land. Love. Lifestyle.

Country. Love. Lifestyle. - This is what the Schmallenberg Sauerland. The latter is made clear by the lively art and culture scene in our region. A wide variety of artists, different perspectives, galleries worth seeing, diverse cultural offerings. But see for yourself.

© Foto: Musikbildungszentrum Südwestfalen

Cultural and creative events in Schmallenberg Sauerland


Nature meets art

The unique Waldskulpturenweg between nature and art Schmallenberg and Bad Berleburg takes you a total of 23 km to 11 extraordinary sculptures and art installations.

They all combine two themes: The often contradictory connection between man and nature on the one hand and the development of the two neighboring regions Wittgenstein and Sauerland. For centuries, they have been separated by a territorial, linguistic, cultural and religious border, which is now being crossed by means of art.

All information about the Waldskulpturenweg

Spiritueller Sommer

Paths to life

People of all denominations go in search of slowing down, silence and reflection on the essentials. The Spiritual Summer offers opportunities for all of this with up to 300 events during the summer months at unusual, spiritual places throughout the country. Südwestfalen.

Within and outside of religious communities, events offer space for spiritual relaxation, for conversation and encounters and thus a temporary home. Music, meditation, art projects, hiking, pilgrimages, climbing, dance, cabaret, talks, lectures and much more allow spiritual experiences beyond established formats.

Program & information about the Spiritual Summer...

Discovery made easy!

Our digital travel guide

All relevant information on your cell phone in one place - our digital travel guide is your indispensable companion for your next vacation in our region.

Whether you are looking for current events, interesting excursion destinations, cycling and hiking trails or accommodation - the travel guide offers you all the information you need to get the most out of your stay. It also gives you all the important information and benefits of the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card at a glance.

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Art for the ears. Music at its finest between a thousand mountains and a million trees.

Wormbacher Sommerkonzerte

Classical music in the church

The parish church St. Peter und Paul in Wormbach has been the stage for brilliant organ concerts, masterful chamber music and choral symphonic sounds for more than 35 years. During the summer months, ten top-class classical concerts with various focuses are always presented. And the organ, string instruments and voices always play a major role - embedded in the special atmosphere of the original Sauerland parish, St. Peter und Paul Wormbach.

To the Wormbach summer concerts...

Music Education Center Südwestfalen

Central point of contact for music

A large orchestra hall, a chamber music hall, a choir hall and an impressive 10 rehearsal rooms: the newly built music education center in Bad Fredeburg sets standards for musicians far beyond the region. Acoustically optimized rooms and a full range of orchestral and band instruments in combination with the adjoining hotel and youth guest facilities create ideal rehearsal conditions for orchestras, choirs and groups. Musicians often share their passion with music lovers and present their art in public concerts. Numerous guest performances also take place in the large halls.

To the music education center Südwestfalen...

Art, Artists & Creative

Lifestyle for the discerning. Galleries, arts and crafts and simply beautiful things.

art house Alte Mühle

A home for art

Art has found its home in this historically significant location, the "lower mill" from the 14th century. Schmallenberg found its home. Changing exhibitions of national and international artists inspire visitors year after year. Different genres are presented, ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography to new media, textiles, spatial installation, and performance. In addition, readings by renowned writers and art workshops with renowned lecturers make the Kunsthaus a cultural hub.

To the kunsthaus Alte Mühle...

© Foto: Wolfgang Noltenhans


© Foto: Wolfgang Noltenhans

Textiles has a Schmallenberg long tradition. Stocking knitting factories make the city famous to this day, and in earlier times spinning, weaving and sewing took place everywhere. The festival picks up on these textile traces to bring textiles to life as art, as a communal experience or as a workshop. The 2015 festival served as the prelude, followed by various workshops and exhibitions this year, and will continue to be offered in the future.


Lighthouse project of the Regionale

Simple space and modern architecture: the newly created Lenneatelier in Schmallenberg Lennepark is ideal for art exhibitions or events of all kinds. The special light and the integration of the surrounding landscape make the six-meter-deep room a special place for art.

Summer Academy

on Rothaarsteig

In the rooms of the Lennestudio at Lennepark Schmallenberg the SummerAcademy offers Rothaarsteig workshops and seminars on all aspects of art. Renowned lecturers and artists will show you ways to realize your own artistic talents. They want to inspire you with things that lie dormant within you and can be expressed if you give them space and time.

Youth art school

Bringing art to life

The youth art school supports children and young people in their individual abilities, skills and talents. Art education and trying out one's own creative abilities are at the top of the agenda in the workshops. A wide variety of workshops with a maximum of 10 participants, led by professional instructors, provide direct access to art and creative activities.

To the youth art school

Südwestfälische Galerie

Art of the home region Südwestfalen with a focus on the 19th century to the present day is presented at Südwestfälische Galerie in Holthausen. It is the only institution in the Sauerland it has a unique art collection with around 7,000 paintings, prints and sculptures. Local artists such as Paul Hermann Schoedder, Hinrich Grauenhorst and Carl Siebert are among many others represented in the collection. The gallery is affiliated to the Westphalian Slate Mining and Local History Museum in Holthausen affiliated.

To the South Westphalian Gallery...

Artist group sauerlandArt

Renowned artists from our region have come together to form a network. They presented themselves in a joint exhibition at the start and have set themselves the goal of providing a platform for the "creative power of a region".

The "sauerlandArt artists"...

Arts and crafts

Beautiful things

Objects of desire and handcrafted art

Gallery Klute


In the beautiful Sorpetal you will find an extraordinary sculpture park: in the "Waldemai", Lothar and Gisela Klute have scattered their works of art throughout the landscape. Take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful park and discover the many unique pieces of wrought bronze.

Opening hours:

  • Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Mondays.
  • In the winter months (November 1 to March 31) appointments by arrangement.

Admission fee:

  • Park € 3.00
  • Gallery 5,00 €
  • Free admission for customers and children.

Address for navigation devices:

  • City: Schmallenberg
  • Street: Niedersorpe
  • then follow the signs

To the Klute Gallery...


Blacksmith Schütte


In an imposing factory building near Oberkirchen is home to Kunstschmiede Schütte and the adjoining blacksmith's café. Bronze, copper, and wrought iron are worked into intricate and detailed works of art here, which you can admire in the large exhibition and outdoor area, and purchase for your own garden.

Exhibition opening hours:

  • Mondays to Fridays 10 am - 12 noon and 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Saturdays 10 am - 12.30 pm
  • Sundays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Appointments outside business hours by telephone arrangement

Opening hours blacksmith's café:

  • daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

To the blacksmith's shop Schütte...

Workshop for glass design Vollmert

At Martin Vollmert in Schmallenberg glass becomes works of art. He has been working in the glass art trade for more than 25 years and produces historical windows or new designs based on his own and external designs. In the gallery attached to his workshop, you will find various glass objects available for purchase

Opening hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 12.30 and 13.00 - 18.00
  • Saturday: 09.00 - 13.00 o'clock

To the workshop for glass design...


Forge & Gallery Uwe Föster

Bronze, iron and lead crystal glass are used to create special art objects in Uwe Föster 's blacksmith's workshop. Small and large objects that can decorate your home and garden can be found in the 380 square meter exhibition right next to the workshop. Commissioned works according to customer requirements are also produced here - individually and with the utmost care.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • and by appointment

To the forge & gallery Uwe Föster...

Art workshop Burkhard Weber

Burkhard Weber has the right frame for your art or picture in Schmallenberg in his shop. He also offers picture and book restoration, bookbinding, modern and classic art prints and unusual gift items.


Opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 18.00

Saturday 10.00 - 13.00


To the art workshop Burkhard Weber...

Museums & Buildings

Impressive buildings, informative museums - discover your home and cultural heritage.

Churches in Schmallenberg Sauerland

You will find numerous traces of faith in the villages of the Schmallenberger Sauerland. There are impressive churches in many places; you will also come across wayside crosses, wayside shrines and small chapels along the way. They were all built by the people of the region and are still maintained and preserved today.

Overview of churches & monasteries...

Castle Bad Berleburg

A visit to the ancestral seat of the princely family of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is a feast for the eyes in any case. Above all, you should not miss a detour to the castle park.

To the castle Bad Berleburg...

Raise the curtain!

Cultural offerings in the region

The Cultural Association Schmallenberg and the art association Pro Forma Eslohe provide a wide variety of cultural events in our region year after year. Theater, cabaret, readings or concerts enrich the offer for locals and guests.

Cultural AssociationSchmallenberger Sauerland e.V. Art Association Pro Forma Eslohe e.V.

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