Do you love nature, but are you looking for the next highlight of your cultural trip at the same time? Then you should earmark Hagen. As the greenest city in North-Rhine Westphalia, it is ideal for nature excursions. The city of four rivers with over 50 kilometres of river within the city boundaries is on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path, the most important long-distance cycle path in the Ruhr region. And although at 260 years old, Hagen is a relatively young city, you can submerge yourself in history everywhere here. Castles, monuments and a wide range of museums offer you an impressive glimpse into recent centuries.
Unique combination of nature and culture
Relax and enjoy nature, but learn something at the same time – Hagen’s special combination of nature and culture makes this possible. So pretty half-timbered houses in scenic Mäckingerbachtal make for a varied trip to the LWL-Freilichtmuseum. Here, you can explore around 60 historic craft workshops and experience history up close. Whether forging iron, making paper, printing with historic presses or baking bread – young and old visitors may lend a hand themselves and directly experience the old technology. Or would you prefer a bit of railway romance? Then climb on to the nostalgic Ruhr Valley Railway, venture a small trip back in time and see the history of the Ruhr region. Not only railway enthusiasts experience a top-class excursion here. The museum in Werdringen Water Castle also offers a unique natural and historical landscape. Learn about the history of the region’s land and people, look at fascinating exhibits and be captivated by visual demonstrations. You will be amazed when you are standing in front of the faithful reproduction of a mammoth. Hagen is worth a visit – or even several.