Traces of faith

Churches worth seeing in Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Grafschaft Monastery

In the Schmallenberger Sauerland you will find numerous visible signs of faith in all villages, along the roads and paths and in the midst of nature. From culturally and historically important buildings with unique wall paintings to important organ buildings, small village chapels and countless wayside shrines and wooden crosses. We invite you to visit these facilities. Enjoy the silence and special atmosphere there.

Monastery County

The former Benedictine abbey was founded in 1072 by Archbishop Anno II of Cologne. From 1727 - 1742 the monastery building was built in baroque style, the basement of the west tower still dates from the founding years. Since 1948 the "Sisters of Mercy of St. Charles Borromeo" have had a centre of faith here. In addition, there is a specialist hospital in the Grafschaft monastery, which is known beyond the borders of the country

To the specialist hospital Kloster Grafschaft...

The 925th anniversary of the founding of the County Monastery was the occasion 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 also contains liturgical equipment, vestments, books from the monastery library and relics that provide an insight into Benedictine and Borromean monastic culture

During individual guided tours with the historian Barbara Rickert you will discover the eventful building history and the manifold 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 Kloster Grafschaft

Sunday: 14.00 - 16.00 h
Tuesday: 14.00 - 16.00 h

Group tours at any time by appointment

Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Charles Borromeo

Motherhouse Monastery County
57392 Schmallenberg

Phone: 02972 79100
Fax: 02972 791245

Romanesque parish church of Berghausen

St. Cyriacus

Already around 1220 the inhabitants of Berghausen and the surrounding villages built this parish church. From the beginning, St. Deacon and martyr Cyriakus has been the patron saint of this probably oldest church in the Sauerland.
The apse painting, one of the few well-preserved Romanesque wall paintings in Germany, is of particular art-historical importance.

Open daily from 8.30 to 17 o'clock for sightseeing.

Pastoral area Dorlar-Wormbach
Parish Office Wormbach

Phone: 02972 36485-30


Parish church in Wormbach

St. Peter and Paul

Visit one of the oldest and art-historically most important parish churches of the Sauerland. Wormbach is commonly called the "original parish" of the Sauerland. In pagan times Wormbach was a place of worship.

The parish church was built in 1250 as a late Romanesque hall church with three naves and three bays. Famous is the ceiling painting with twelve signs of the zodiac, in the apse there is also a representation of the "Last Judgement".

For more than 300 years the "Walburgawoche" has been held every year in May, and its worship has been an important part of the local religious life.

Open daily from 10.00 - 18.00 for sightseeing.

Guided tours always take place on Sundays after the church service (11.20 am). For reservations call 02972 97550.

Pastoral area Dorlar-Wormbach
Parish Office Wormbach

Phone: 02972 36485-30


Address of the church: Alt Wormbach 1, 57392 Schmallenberg

Parish church in Lenne

St. Vincentius

The small, single-nave church building in Lenne originally consisted of only two vaulted joggles of the present nave and the choir rectangle. This core building was first documented in 1221 as "capella in Lene". The Romanesque church has always been dedicated to the martyr Vincentius.

Open daily for sightseeing.

09.00 - 18.00 h (summer months)

09.00 - 17.00 h (winter months)

Church guides for reading are available in the church's bookstall, 1,50 € per piece.

Parish office Schmallenberg

Church square 1, 57392 Schmallenberg

Phone 02972 5778

Address of the church: Kirchplatz 2, 57392 Schmallenberg-Lenne

Parish church Schmallenberg

St. Alexander

Built in the middle of the 13th century as a hall church of South Westphalian type, St. Alexander was extended in 1905/06 by a new building with a semicircular apse and two choir flank towers in the early Gothic style

Inside there are worth seeing remains of the original baroque furnishings and five wooden sculptures. The altar in the Nazarene style, dedicated to St. Valentin, the patron saint of the town, is also remarkable. On the left side is the late gothic sacrament house, built before 1500.

The new church tower was consecrated in September 2004.

During the day open for visits from 09.00 - 18.00 hours.

Parish office Schmallenberg

Phone 02972 36485-0

Address of the church: Kirchplatz 1, 57392 Schmallenberg

Parish church Bödefeld

St. Cosmas and Damian

The nave of the Bödefeld parish church was built in 1910/11 according to the plans of the Aachen cathedral master builder Josef Buchkrämer in neo-baroque style. The tower dates from 1750 and the interior from 1724.

In the tower is the "Black Hand" of Bödefeld, around which numerous legends entwine themselves.

During the day open for visits from 09.00 - 18.00 hours

During this time only the central entrance with the access to the tower and the "Black Hand" is open. The rest of the church is separated by bars and is only open during church services.

Parish office Bödefeld

Kreuzbergstraße 3, 57392 Schmallenberg-Bödefeld

Address of the church: Kreuzbergstraße 7, 57392 Schmallenberg-Bödefeld

Parish church of Reiste

St. Pancras

Built between 1100 and 1200, the parish church in Reiste is a worthwhile destination for lovers of sacred art. Besides numerous artistic figures and the Gothic high altar from 1881, the organ built in 1633 is worth mentioning. It originates from the old monastery church in Grafschaft and has been under monumental protection for many years.

One of the most important organs is located in the parish church in Reiste. It was originally built in the 17th century for the Grafschaft monastery and since then has experienced an eventful history at various locations in Reiste and with various conversions and extensions.

Today, a committed committee in Reiste looks after the "Queen of Instruments", which still sounds good today. All information about the "Reister Organ" initiative can be found here:

To the Reister organ project...

The church of St. Pankratius in Reiste is open daily from 09.00 - 18.00 for viewing.

Parish office Travel

Kirchstraße 9, 59889 Eslohe-Reiste

Phone 02973 3223

Address of the church: Mescheder Str. 36, 59889 Eslohe

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Gleidorf

In 1983/84 the present Sacred Heart Church was built. Built according to the plans of the architect Johannes Reuter from Kassel, this building is certainly a successful example of contemporary church architecture, among other things built with the regionally typical greywacke stones of the predecessor church. The historical organ comes from London. It was renovated by a local organ builder and was built and inaugurated in the church in 2009.

In autumn 2015, the Sacred Heart Church was fitted with a light installation and will be personally decorated for you according to your current mood with lighting and music.

The interior of the church is given a subtle colour scheme according to your current feeling. You will hear music and mediative thoughts to match. The themes change again and again. If you go to church repeatedly, you will also find new devotions at the appropriate church times, meditations for the times of day or a musical programme. Offers for young people are available as well as biblical stories for children, accompanied by music.

For further information please contact Monika Winzenick ( 02972 3648516

Daily 09:00 to 18:00

Gleidorf Parish Office
Kirchstr. 6 a
57392 Schmallenberg-Gleidorf
Phone: 02972/5845
Fax: 02972/5845