Elspe Things to Do
Steam train ride
At the Elspe festival you may also ride on a steam train for an additional small fee.
The train actually runs through the main stage. We didn't take the ride but I guess it would be interesting to see the whole thing from a different perspective.
Visit the Elspe Festival
The Elspe Festival is not only the open-air show of Winnetou which was in 2010 the story "Im Tal des Todes" (In the Valley of Death) but there are other attractions before the main show.
This open-air stage goes way back and became very famous when the actor Pierre Brice played Winnetou. Entry fee is about 25 Euro for adults.
Each year they stage one of the many stories based on books written by Karl May about Winnetou, an Indian chief and bands of bandits. Kids and adults love the stories, but mind you small babies and very small children may not like the noises involved or get tired and fall asleep during the main show because of all the exitement in the pre-shows.
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Plenty of food options
Lots of families take their picnic with them. There are picnic tables available. If you come without food then there are several options. Obviously, you could just have chips and currywurst from a stand. Same goes with ice cream and drinks. Or there are restaurants which serves a small variety of menus (big or small portions). Then there is a fancier restaurant which may require a reservation where you eat grilled meat.
There are plenty of free toilets around. There you can also refill your bottles with tap water.
They don't sell PET bottles with drinks but only 0.3 l cardboard cups with soft drinks which is way too little on a hot day. Peronally, I don't understand why they don't sell 0.5 l measurments.
If you picnic you are expected to take all your rubbish back home.
Favorite Dish: The chips very excellent at 2 Euro without and 2.20 Euro with sauce. I wasn't too impressed with my Bratwurst and a piece of white untoasted toastbread.
It's easiest to arrive by car. Parking is free of charge. The festival is located on top of a hill in Elspe. You need to take road no. 236 towards Lennestadt if you come from the Ruhrgebiet through the Lenne valley and then turn off and follow the sign to Elspe Festival. Otherwise take the A 45 to Olpe, then the B 55.
If you want to use public transport, then there is the train Essen - Hagen - Lennestadt - Siegen. Get off at the stop "Grevenbrueck" and then take the bus L512 or R68 to the stop "Freilichtbuehne".
Attractions at Elspe Festival
Favorite thing: In 2010, before the main play there was a music show, a stuntshow, a BMX show running at various times. Two of the pre-shows were indoors and the stunt show was outdoor (take a sun hat).
The music show consisted of a medley of songs from diffent rock songs around the world. I quite liked that.
The BMX cycle show was very entertaining when they flew through the air and made somersaults etc. Then there was a short show with a dog too.
The stunt show this year wasn't full of action but it was explained and shown how horses are prepared to go through fire which I found very interesting.
The main show at Elspe Festival
Favorite thing: The main show is one of Karl May's Winnetou stories. In 2010 it was the valley of death. You will see plently of Indians, a mission, a trek of German settlers (one had a real funny shower wagon), horses, a big steam ship coming on the stage and the steam train etc.
I suggest that if you want to have a good view of the whole stage, not to buy tickets at the very front as you sit quite low then.
There is also a comfort zone, those tickets have an additional fee and have a separate entrance, kiosk and acutal seats and not benches.
During the play there is a 20 minutes break. The whole event is during the day. There are also evening shows though.
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