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  • Attendorn – old Hanseatic City in the Sauerland

    Tourist-Information, Kölner Straße 12, 57439 Attendorn

    How to Get There?


      Attendorn is accessible via Hagen or Siegen - both cities are connected to the German Intercity network. Here you can take the ABELLIO Rail to Finnentrop, and from here transfer to a regional train to Attendorn. From Attendorn station it is about a 10-minute walk to the city center.

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      Use the highways A4 or A45 and take the exit "Olpe". Follow signs towards "Attendorn" all the way into the city. Parking grounds are available all over the town.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 51.125835
      LONGTITUDE: 7.901100



      From Finnentrop it is also possible to take bus R98 towards "Petersburg Alte Handelsstr., Attendorn" or "Attendorn ZOB". Exit at "Attendorn Post" and from here it is about a 3-minute walk to city center.

      Nearest station

      Attendorn Post

    Why Go There?

    Attendorn is a town located in southern Sauerland in the southeast region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its city center is full of enchanting historic buildings with beautiful timber frames.

    Attendorn's hayday was in the Middle ages thanks to its expert wool and linen weavers. It was the only Sauerland city which joined the renowned "Rhenish League of Towns" in the 13th century. Already by 1200, an archbishopric mint could be found in Attendorn. Coins from Attendorn were found even in faraway cities such as Brussels in Belgium, Lubnice in Poland and on the Swedish island of Gotland.

    Attendorn is a part of the "Naturpark Ebbegebirge", or Ebbe Mountains Natural Park. It is located directly on the shore of the "Biggesee", or Bigge lake, which makes the town very well-known all across Germany. Another famous attraction is the Atta cave, which is one of the largest and most beautiful dripstone caves in Germany.

    The following remarkable buildings in Attendorn are must-sees:

    • Burg Schnellenberg- a castle built in the 13th century which now serves as a hotel and restaurant

    • The old town hall, which houses the "Südsauerlandmuseum" (Museum of southern Sauerland)

    • The Jewish graveyard

    • The old powder tower, which was part of the former town fortification

    • The "Bieketurm" (Bieke tower), also part of the former town fortification

    • The "Wohnhaus Schulte" (Schulte house) which is a beautiful timber framed building

    • The "Waldenburger Kapelle" (Waldenburg oratory), located near the Biggesee, is especially worth a visit during Christmastime when a large 35-square-meter crib with 70 figures on display

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Kölner Straße 12, 57439 Attendorn, Attendorn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    The Atta cave near Attendorn is one of the largest and most beautiful dripstone caves in Germany. It was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century during limestone quarrying. It's the most visited "show cave" in Germany, with more then 350,000 visitors per year. The length of the cave is 6 km, but it's not completely explored yet. The public part of the cave is a roughly 500 m long circular tour.


    The Südsauerlandmuseum (Museum of southern Sauerland) is situated in what was the town hall of Attendorn until 1908, and which was presumably built during the 2nd half of the 14th century. There are six permanent exhibitions, with the topics "Chase", "Tin figurines", "Historic craftwork", "Prehistory and geology", "Sacral art" and "History of the city of Attendorn".

    Nature exploring

    The Biggesee is a large barrier lake of more than 8 square km in the Attendorn area. The dam was built between 1956 and 1966. This is an amazing area for nature exploration during both the summer and winter months. In the summer there are all sorts of water sports possible, such as sailing, surfing, rowing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, and diving. There are two ships running on the lake, so a short cruise is possible as well. You can also find plenty of hiking tracks around the lake.

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