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Art & Culture

Land. Love. Way of life.

Land. Love. Lifestyle. - That is what the Schmallenberger Sauerland stands for. The latter is made clear, among other things, by the lively art and cultural scene of our region. A wide variety of artists, different perspectives, galleries worth seeing, diverse cultural offers. But see for yourself.

Cultural and creative events in the Schmallenberger Sauerland


Nature meets art

The Forest Sculpture Trail between Schmallenberg and Bad Berleburg, which is unique in Germany, takes you to 11 extraordinary sculptures and art installations over a total of 23 km.

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

All information about the WaldSkulpturenWeg

Spiritual Summer

Ways to live

People of all denominations go in search of deceleration, silence and reflection on the essential. The Spiritual Summer offers opportunities for all this with up to 300 events during the summer months at unusual, spiritual places throughout South Westphalia

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, pilgrimage, climbing, dance, cabaret, talks, lectures and much more allow spiritual experience beyond established formats

Program & Information about the Spiritual Summer...

By e-bike over all mountains

Rental stations for e-bikes and e-mountain bikes

When headwinds and inclines dampen your spirits, the push of a button can change everything. It switches on a quiet, environmentally friendly electric motor that intervenes with support, depending on how steep the incline is and how much assistance you have set. E-bikes have conquered cycling tourism in the land of a thousand mountains. Joint cycling trips of differently trained people thus become a pleasurable, nature-oriented vacation experience for everyone. Try it out for yourself. E-biking is really easy and great fun!

Book your e-bike directly online here!


Art for the ears. Music at its best between a thousand mountains and millions of trees.

Wormbach Summer Concerts

Classical music in the church

For more than 35 years the parish church St. Peter and Paul in Wormbach has been the stage for brilliant organ concerts, masterly chamber music and choral symphonic sounds. Always in the summer months, ten first-class classical concerts with different focal points are presented. And always organ, string instruments and voices play a major role in them - embedded in the special atmosphere of the original parish of the Sauerland, St. Peter and Paul Wormbach.

To the Wormbach Summer Concerts...

Music Education Centre South Westphalia

Central contact point for music

A large orchestra hall, a chamber music hall, a choir hall and 10 impressive rehearsal rooms: the newly built music education centre in Bad Fredeburg sets standards for musicians far beyond the region. Acoustically optimized rooms and a complete orchestra and band instrumentation in combination with the adjoining hotel and youth guest facilities create optimal rehearsal conditions for orchestras, choirs or groups. The musicians often let music lovers share their passion and present their art in public concerts. The large halls also host numerous guest performances.

To the Music Education Centre South Westphalia...

Art, Artists & Creative

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

art house old mill

A home for the arts

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

To the kunsthaus alte mühle...



Lighthouse project of the Regionale

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

Summer Academy

am Rothaarsteig

In the rooms of the Lenne Studio in the Lennepark Schmallenberg, the SommerAkademie am Rothaarsteig offers workshops and seminars on all aspects of art. Renowned lecturers and artists show ways to realise one's own artistic talents. You would like to inspire for things that are slumbering in you and are expressed if you give them space and time.

Youth Art School

Bringing art to life

The youth art school promotes children and young people in their individual abilities, skills and talents. Teaching art and trying out their 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 activity.

South Westphalian Gallery

Art from the home region of South Westphalia with a focus on the 19th century to the present is presented by the Südwestfälische Galerie in Holthausen. It is the only institution in the Sauerland region to have a unique art collection with approximately 7,000 paintings, graphics 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.

To the South Westphalian Gallery...

Artist group sauerlandArt

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

To the "sauerlandArt artists"...

Arts and Crafts

Beautiful things

Objects of desire and handicraft art

Gallery Klute


In the "Waldemai", in the beautiful Sorpe Valley, you will find an extraordinary sculpture park, where Lothar and Gisela Klute give their works of art a distinctive setting. Sophisticated unique pieces of wrought bronze such as fountains, sculptures or works of art in combination with lead crystal glass and much more is waiting to be discovered.

Kunstschmiede Schütte


In an imposing factory building near Oberkirchen, the Schütte blacksmith's workshop and the adjacent blacksmith café are housed. Bronze, copper and wrought iron are processed here into filigree and detailed works of art, which you can admire in the large exhibition and in the outdoor area and purchase for your own garden.

Workshop for glass design Vollmert

At Martin Vollmert in Schmallenberg glass becomes a work of art. For more than 25 years he has been active in the glass craft and produces historical windows or new constructions according to his own and external designs. In his gallery attached to the workshop you will find various glass objects for sale

Forge & Gallery Uwe Foster

From bronze, iron and lead crystal glass, Uwe Föster's forge workshop creates art objects of a special kind. Small and large objects, which can decorate house and garden, can be found in the more than 380 sqm large exhibition, directly at the workshop. Commissioned works according to customer wishes are also manufactured - individually and with the highest care.

Art workshop Burkhard Weber

Burkhard Weber in Schmallenberg has the right frame for your art or picture. In addition, he offers restoration of pictures and books, bookbinding, modern and classic art prints, as well as unusual gift items


Museen & Bauwerke

Impressive buildings, informative museums - discover local history and cultural heritage.


Churches in the Schmallenberg Sauerland

Numerous traces of faith can be found in the villages of the Schmallenberger Sauerland. Impressive churches can be found in many places; also on the way you will come across wayside crosses, wayside shrines and small chapels. They were all built by the people of the region and are still maintained and preserved today.

Overview of the churches & monasteries.

Castle Bad Berleburg

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

To the castle Bad Berleburg...

Curtain up!

Cultural offerings in the region

The Cultural Association Schmallenberg and the Art Association Pro Forma Eslohe enable year after year varied cultural offers in our region. Theatre, cabaret, readings or concerts enrich the offer for locals and guests.

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

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