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Sightseeing tours

through the Schmallenberg Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe

To really get to know the country and its people, a bit of history is essential. You can experience vivid stories and living local history in the numerous museums of the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the vacation region Eslohe experience. In addition to museums, there are many other places of interest where you can get to know the history, art, culture and beliefs of Schmallenberg and Eslohe.

Museums & sights

in the Schmallenberg Sauerland

and the vacation region Eslohe

Westphalian Slate Mining and Local History Museum Holthausen

In the Westphalian Slate Mining and Local History Museum Holthausen you can find out all about (everyday) life in the Schmallenberg Sauerland in times gone by. Find out how slate and rock were mined and how they were formed over millions of years. Get to know the animals of the forest and learn many vivid things about earlier ways of life and work, about economic life in the Schmallenberg. Sauerland The museum has a printing workshop, a textile and flax department and a bookbindery.

A special highlight of your tour is the "Südwestfäliche Galerie", which shows art from the region from the 19th and 20th centuries with collections from Eugen Senge-Platten, Hinrich Grauenhorst, Paul Hermann Schödder, Carl Siebert and many others.
Free admission with the Schmallenberg Sauerland Card!

More about the museum in Holthausen

Westphalian slate mining and local history museum of the town Schmallenberg


57392 Schmallenberg-Holthausen

Phone 02974 6064 or 6932

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

Sunday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Guided tours by appointment

DampfLandLeute Museum Eslohe

Here you can experience steam history from the turn of the century up close and personal. You get an insight into the work on the land that characterized the Sauerland in earlier times. The life and work of our ancestors in the Sauerland on over 2000 square meters of exhibition space.

Free admission with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card!

More about the DampfLandLeute Museum...

DampfLandLeute Museum Eslohe
Museum Association Eslohe e.V.
Homertstraße 27
DE-59889 Eslohe
02973 2455
02973 800-220

Wednesday to Saturday: 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday (from November 1st to March 31st): 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday (from April 1st to October 31st): 10:00 - 16:00
Groups of 10 or more by arrangement

Model railroad layout on Rothaarsteig

A model railway layout with a layout area of 66 m² is on display in a former knitting mill. 92 trains run on 550 meters of track and delight model railroad fans of all ages. 15 computer-controlled vehicles run on the roads of the layout and a day-night light control system lets it go dark every 24 minutes. At the same time, the lights on the houses and cars are switched on by time and random control.
Free admission with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card!

More about the model railroad at Rothaarsteig...

Model railroad layout at the Rothaarsteig in the former Dick knitting mill

Am Stünzel 4 a

57392 Schmallenberg-Grafschaft

Phone 02972 978245

Sunday from 13.00 - 16.00 hours.

Court Museum Bad Fredeburg

Immerse yourself in the history of justice - virtually "on site". The Justice Museum is housed in the attic of the local court Bad Fredeburg housed in the attic of the district court. Embark on an exciting journey through more than seven hundred years of jurisprudence in Bad Fredeburg and take a seat on the "poor bench", for example. You can also see a gallows, a funeral pyre, a prison cell, a femelinde, a seal press, legal literature and much more.

There is a guided tour every two weeks on Fridays at 4.00 pm. As the number of participants is limited, registration is required. The guided tours are free of charge, but the association is happy to receive voluntary donations.

Free admission with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card!

Court Museum Bad Fredeburg

Im Ohle 30

57392 Schmallenberg-Bad Fredeburg

Tel. 02974 / 900222 (Mr. Raulf)

Appointments for visits and guided tours by arrangement.

Appointments can be made on 02974 900222 (Josef Raulf).

Forestry Museum Latrop

In an old mill in Latrop you will find the lovingly compiled Forestry Museum. It displays old tools, pictures of former forest and village life, historical forester's files and information on the development of the chainsaw.
Free admission with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card!

Hiking tip: Forest worker and forester trail in Latrop

The museum is located in Schmallenberg-Latropopposite house no. 1 belonging to the Vonnahme family. Parking is available at the village hall next door.

Open daily from 9:00 - 18:00

Admission is free, a donation for maintenance and upkeep is requested.

Monastery Museum Grafschaft

The 925th anniversary of the founding of the monastery Grafschaft was the reason for the opening of a museum on the art and history of the monastery in May 1997. In addition to the baroque monastery building, the museum displays liturgical objects, paraments, books from the monastery library and relics, which provide an insight into Benedictine and Borromean monastic culture.

On individual guided tours with the historian Barbara Rickert, you will discover the eventful building history and the diverse uses of the monastery complex up to the present day. Be fascinated by the valuable treasures of church art in the museum and immerse yourself in the spirituality of the place.

More about the museum in the monastery Grafschaft

The museum is open on Wednesdays & Sundays from 14:00 to 16:00.

Kongregation der barmherzigen Schwestern vom hl. Karl Borromäus

Motherhouse convent Grafschaft
57392 Schmallenberg

Phone: 02972 79100
Fax: 02972 791245

Sauerland Museum

The SauerlandMuseum is the cultural history museum of the Hochsauerland district for the history of South Westphalia.
As a museum and cultural forum with award-winning architecture, it fulfills the task of enriching the cultural life of the Hochsauerland district with attractive exhibitions and events. Sauerland with attractive exhibitions and events.

In the historic Landsberger Hof, the SauerlandMuseum's permanent exhibition tells the story of the region from its beginnings in the Stone Age through the Duchy of Westfalen to the present day. The new building offers space for contemporary special exhibitions on art and culture.

  • Museum tours for groups can be booked individually
  • Public guided tours of the permanent exhibition take place every Sunday at 11 a.m.
  • Every first Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm there is a family tour suitable for children.

With the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card, the visit to the Sauerland Museum including the public guided tour is free of charge!

More about the Sauerland museum

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 14:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Public holidays: 10:00 - 18:00

Sauerland Museum
Museum and Cultural Forum
Alter Markt 24 - 30
59821 Arnsberg

Tel.: 02931 94-4444


Active bakehouses in the region

Bakehouse Wenholthausen

The Backhaus in Wenholthausen has been used in various ways over the centuries, e.g. as a smithy, post office and wheelwright's workshop.

Today, around 25 - 30 delicious loaves of bread can be baked in the unique pear-shaped oven within an hour: Genuine Sauerländer bread made according to old recipes.

Open every Thursday from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

During the vacations on Thursdays from 3.00 pm baking with children (registration required: 0151/11127088)

Closed from December 15 - March 15 (winter break).

Groups by appointment.

Bakehouse Wenholthausen
59889 Eslohe-Wenholthausen
Tel. 02973 / 81003

Registrations at Michael Rittmeier under: 0151/11127088

Alte Mühle with bakehouse in Cobbenrode

Get to know the old tools of the trade that the miller needed to carry out his profession.

Bread baking takes place on the first Saturday of every month during the summer months.

Alte Mühle with bakehouse

Am Mühlenknapp

59889 Eslohe-Cobbenrode

Phone 02973 3717 or 0163 2613053

Guided tours on request.

Bread baking takes place on the first Saturday of every month during the summer months.

The mill is also open during the annual "Deutschen Mühlentag".

Stertschultenhof Cobbenrode

The Stertschultenhof is a special farm and is one of the most outstanding farms in the Sauerland. The main house was built in 1769 and is lovingly maintained by the Heimat- und Förderverein Cobbenrode lovingly maintained. The elaborately decorated gable is one of the most impressive in the Sauerland.

Enjoy the special atmosphere of this house and rediscover the past. There is also delicious homemade cake and aromatic coffee. The dialect archive Sauerland has its domicile here.

More about the Stertschultenhof

Group tours possible by arrangement!


  • Groups of 10 - 15 people € 5.00 per person
  • Groups of 16 or more € 4.00 per person
  • Welcome schnapps in the Stertschultenhof 1.50 € per person

Tour incl. guided tour and coffee at Stertschultenhof
Coffee incl. 2 pieces of cake or 3 half sandwiches (topped with blood and liver sausage or greaves lard)

  • Groups of 10 - 15 people € 11.00 per person
  • Groups of 16 or more € 10.00 per person
  • Welcome schnapps in the Stertschultenhof 1,50 € per person

Olper Straße 3
59889 Eslohe-Cobbenrode

Heimat- und Förderverein Cobbenrode
Manfred Habbel
Weidenstr. 7
59889 Eslohe - Cobbenrode
Tel.: 02973 3319 or 0171 8322828


Knochenmühle Isingheim

There has been a mill on this site since the beginning of the 19th century. Initially used as a sawmill, then as a rapeseed mill and finally, since the middle of the century, as Knochenmühle, it is still fully functional today and can be visited on request Werden.

It is also open regularly at Deutschen Mühlentag.

TIP: The Knochenmühle is located directly on an attractive hiking tour around Eslohe, the Esloher Rundwanderweg E1.

To the hiking tour "E1"

Viewing on request.

Participation in the annual Deutschen Mühlentag.

Felsenkeller Reiste

In the 19th century, Reister beer was a household name in the region. It was brewed by the family at Hof Kenter using fresh water from the "Rainspring" and their own hops and sold by horse-drawn cart in the surrounding villages. The "Felsenkeller", a former cooling tunnel that still exists today, is the last witness to the Reister beer era and can be visited today Werden.

On request from the SGV department Reiste.

SGV Department Reiste

To Felsenkeller-Registration...

Museums in the area

There are numerous interesting museums and destinations to visit in the Schmallenberg area.

Museums in the area

© Foto: Westdeutsches Wintersport Museum in Winterberg-Neuastenberg

More than 100 years of winter sports with their historical development Werden shown here.

Located in the middle of the beautiful Altstadt Arnsberg the Sauerland-Museum shows the diverse history of the Sauerland region from its beginnings to the present day. For guests with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card, admission to this exhibition is free of charge.

© Foto: Galileo-Park

Visible from afar over the Lenne valley are the Sauerland-pyramids. With interesting scientific exhibitions and extraordinary events, the "Galileo-Park" invites you into the pyramids.

© Foto: Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck / Andreas Spaniol

The all-weather experience inside the earth. Discover the fascination of mining in the Sauerland and immerse yourself in the former ore mine on the mine train.

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