Altena Travel Guide

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    Altena Castle
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    View on Altena
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    Inside the castle
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Altena Things to Do

  • Drahtmuseum (Wire museum)

    You may wonder what a museum about wire can offer. At least we weren't sure if it's worth a visit, but as it was included in the admission for the castle we took a look. Surprisingly it was really interesting! You can watch a film about how wire is produced and where wires are used, you'll see machines that were used to pull wires to get smaller...

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  • Altena Castle

    The castle was build in the 12th century and got ruined over the years. In the early 20th century, the castle then was reconstructed and now it houses a great museum with lots of different exhibitions. There are lots of different exhibition about the earlier times that was very interesting. There also were some coats of mails that you could try to...

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  • "Carl"

    This old narrow gauge locomotive is called “Carl”. It was built in 1907 and was used on freight and passenger trains to Luedenscheid. In 1961 the line was closed down. Now it’s rusting away next to the Fritz-Berg bridge.

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  • Reformed church

    The reformed church only dates back to 1907. It can be found sort of opposite the Castle Holtzbrinck.

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  • Castle Holtzbrinck

    Castle Holtzbrinck was built around 1680. Today it’s a culture and meeting center. If you want to visit, enter via the courtyard on Kirchstrasse. Opening times are: Tuesday till Saturday 9.00-12.00, Thursdays 15.00-18.00.

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  • Lutheran church

    The Lutheran Church was under renovation when we visited Altena. The tower dates back to the 14th century. The church received its present day form in 1738. It must have a beautiful baroque altar. The church was originally from 1315 and consecrated to the Holy Katharina. In 1538 during reformation it was turned into an Evangelican Lutheran church.

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  • Mueckenburg

    The Mueckenburg or castle Muecken dates back to the middle ages and was originally part of the outer defence system of Altena castle. It’s located at the “Totschlag” which is the narrowest part the the street leading to the castle where potential invaders could be hit dead (= Totschlag). In the 17th and 18th century there were many reconstructions...

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  • Deutsches Drahtmuseum

    The entrance fee to the Altena castle also covers the entrance to this museum about the wire making in Altena. It starts from the middle ages with coats of mail to todays technical superconductors.The museum is located 300 meters downhill from the castle. It's closed on Mondays. If you don't manage to see both museums on one day, then you can use...

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  • Castle chapel

    The castle chapel dates back to the mid 12th century. The chapel was an important place for the nobles. They were christened, married and buried here. The chapel was not open to the public. The town’s people had to visit the church downtown. Today you can view nicely renovated altars from Herscheid and Plettenberg.

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  • Monument of Richard Schirrmann

    You find the monument of Richard Schirrmann at the bottom of Fritz-Thomée street. Richard Schirrmann was a teacher in Altena and he is the one that founded the first YouthHostel which started the movement that led to the worldwide youth hostel association. He was born on 15th May 1874 and died on 14th December 1961.

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  • Weltjugendherberge

    Altena castle is home to the first youth hostel in the world. From here the youth hostel movement started in 1909. The actual youth hostel was opened in 1912. You will see the original interior of the youth hostel. On the castle grounds there is another more modern youth hostel if you want to stay there overnight.

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  • Altena castle

    The Altena castle is in dire need of renovation as the outside walls start to crumble. The renovation works of the walls and the courtyards will start in September 07. The museum can still be visited.The castle was originally from the 12th century. Later more and more was added. The entrance fee costs Euro 5 and in the ticket price the entrance fee...

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Altena Transportation

  • Parking in Altena

    There are lots of parking places along the main street, so it shouldn't be a problem to find a place for your car. We were at the car-park "Langer Kamp", where only one part is free. For the left part you'll have to pay, but it's free on Sunday. It's the first car-park that you'll pass when coming from direction Lüdenscheid, at the main street and...

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  • Bürgerbus - driving to the castle

    If you don't feel like walking up to the castle, you can take the bus. It's a little bus that shuttles between the parking "Langer Kamp" and the castle. It drives daily, as needed.The bus to the castle costs 0,90 € for adults and 0,50 € for children.

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  • Walk up to the castle

    I strongly recommend that you explore the town on foot. Don’t just explore the castle side of the town but also cross the Lenne river and go uphill a bit. From the roof of a parking lot you get a nice view on the town and the castle.

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Altena Favorites

  • View from the castle

    You get a splendid view from the castle tower down the Lenne valley. Altena is located on both sides of the river. On the non-castle/old town side, you find the railway line with the station. Schools, the court of justice, civil services like the social ones.

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  • Town views

    Altena has a pretty center. All over the center you will find information on by-gone days. The post office is a nice looking building too. The square called "Am Markaner" houses the Stadtpavillon with an information center which was closed when we were there. There is a snack bar and public toilets. From this square you can climb up to the castle...

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