Medieval castles and fairy-tale villages in Germany
  • Altena castle - worlds first hostel

    Fritz-Thomee-Straße 80, 58762 Altena

    How to Get There?


      Altena (Westfalen) train station is reachable from all directions with Deutsche Bahn trains. Between March and October, the citizens bus runs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays between the parking lot Langer Kamp, the German wire museum and the castle of Altena in shuttle.

      DB BAHN

      The highways A45 to Dortmund/Gießen/Kassel/Hanau and A46 with the direction to Iserlohn/Ha.-Hohenlimburg will lead you directly to your local treasure. There are parking spaces directly next to the castle.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 51.298679
      LONGTITUDE: 7.675157



      The nearest airport to the Altena Caslte is the international "Dortmund Airport 21" (Flughafen Dortmund) and its only a 40 minutes ride away. The train takes approximately 1,5 hours to the castle from the airport.

      Nearest airport

      Dortmund Airport 21

    Why Go There?

    Tue-Fr 9.30-17h, Sa-So 11-18h, times vary on public holidays

    In the West of Germany, you will find one of the most historical sights. This castle is not only something from the past it put milestone for the future. These walls are telling stories you have to discover.

    The Altena Castle was the first permanent hostel in the word. It was the landmark of the city and with its museum the main attraction for tourists. Beginning of the 12th built-century, in the course of time she fell, because it was not longer a permanent residence of the Counts of the Mark. In 1771 the castle garrison was sold to the city. From 1766 to 1811 it was the Criminal Court and prison of the Mark.

    1944 it was renovated according to the plans except to the forecastle and the lower gate, which stayed in its' old look. Its international notoriety owes the "Burg Altena" the first permanent youth hostel in the world, which was inaugurated here in 1914. It is preserved as a museum of World Youth, which is still in original condition. Main museum in the castle is the museum of the County of Mark. The tension of the exhibitions ranges from the early geological history through the Middle Ages, the early modern period and the industrial age to the present day.

    In the castle, there are a lot of events such as medieval festivals and different types of courses. It's also a very popular location for marriage. Who wants to get married in the church, can do so in the castle chapel, which is designed in equipped sacred art. Altena Castle offers also a restaurant that can be visited during the stay or on special occasions.


    Location Details

    Escape Address: Fritz-Thomee-Straße 80, 58762 Altena, Altena, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Amusement park

    The Movie Park brings Hollywood to Germany. Only an hour's ride away from the castle the park invites the whole family for a day of a lot of fun. It is an indoor and outdoor activity for the whole day with a lot of attractions for every age.


    The theater in Dortmund includes an Opera. The shows in there are magnificent. After the destruction of the opera house in the Second World War it 1966 the opera moved in the newly built and still current opera house in the place of the old synagogue only 35 minutes away from the castle. Besides the Opera Dortmund is a city with a lot of other activities, which can be explored during a trip.


    Soccer means everything in Germany especially in the west. The Signa Iduna Park is the stadium of one of the best soccer teams in Germany. If you are around this area & there is a game, go and see this atmosphere once in your life. The fans are amazing. It's a 35 minute ride away.

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