Hesborn Travel Guide

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Hesborn Things to Do

  • Pfarrkirche St. Goar

    Don’t miss the old baroque church with its beautiful altar. The tower is a lot older than the church itself, by the way, and dates back to the 10th century. In 1989 the church was completely renovated and you can admire it now in its full glory.

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  • Bollerberg

    Our highest “mountain” is the Bollerberg with 758 m. You can either take the easy walk up along the road that winds its way to the top around the mountain, or scramble straight up through the forest aisle. Apart from the TV mast there is also a lookout tower on top from where you get a nice view over the surrounding landscape. That is when the...

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Hesborn Transportation

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    by Krumel Written Oct 30, 2002

    The easiest way to get to Hesborn is by car, but public transport is available. The nearest train station is Winterberg, and buses are going from there to Hallenberg, where you will have to change into the bus to Medebach which stops in Hesborn. Connections are not really great, though, and you might have to wait quite a while for your next bus.

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Hesborn Local Customs

  • Easter Fire

    At nightfall on Easter Saturday an Easter fire will be lit on a hill overlooking the village. The local clubs and associations stack up a high pile of wood and watch it overnight because you never know if some jester from a neighbouring village might take a fancy to lighting it a day early.

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  • Das Kuckuckslied

    Hesborn has its own "national anthem" which tells the story of when the Schuetzenfest-Bird described in the other local custom tip got stolen the day before the event, and the hot suspects for this practical joke are the neighbouring villages of Liesen and Medelon. Unfortunately I have not figured out yet how to format text with VTLM, so you have...

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  • Schuetzenfest

    In summer the traditional 'Schützenfest' takes place in every village in Sauerland at different weekends (first weekend of July in Hesborn), and is usually the most important local event of the year. It goes on for 3 days and culminates in a shooting competition with a wooden bird as a target. Whoever brings the bird down is crowned King, chooses a...

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Hesborn Warnings and Dangers

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    by Krumel Written Oct 30, 2002

    If you visit Hesborn in winter and drive a car you should make sure that is has snow tyres. Snowfall can happen suddenly overnight and be persistent during the day, and roads can be icy. While the guys with the snowploughs are usually on the ball and have the roads cleared early they can’t be everywhere at the same time and you will have no fun at all trying to drive along the slippery roads with your summer tyres and might well get stuck on a steep slope.

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Hesborn Off The Beaten Path

  • Horse-drawn sleighs

    Why not go for a ride on a horse-drawn wagon in summer or a sleigh in winter? This must be the best way ever explore the surroundings. The wagons and sleighs are quite big and can accommodate around 10 people, so it’s ideal for a group outing.

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  • Everything is off the beaten path!

    Hesborn IS off the beaten path, so you will not have to go to any great lengths to avoid the tourist masses. You might meet some people on the main pathways up to the Bollerberg, but if you go for a longer walk from there you will hardly meet a soul anymore.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hesborn Sports & Outdoors

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    by Krumel Updated Aug 24, 2003

    There’s quite a lot of sporting activities available in Hesborn. The most popular and obvious one would be to go hiking, but there are also tennis courts, minigolf, an indoor swimming pool and bowling facilities. In winter you can swish through the forest on the cross-country skiing trails (5, 10 or 15 km) or do downhill skiing on the relatively easy slope (with skilift). Ski-rentals are available in the village.

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Hesborn Favorites

  • Malve

    When I was a teenager a family allowed me to look after and ride their pony, and for three years I spent most of my afternoons with Malve. And absolutely nothing beats an early-morning ride on horseback. Riding up into the mountains the mist would still be lingering in the valleys below, the air is fresh and cool, and you would see the odd deer,...

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  • Bubi

    And not to forget Bubi, Malve's successor. He was a lot younger and faster, but also a lot less affectionate than Malve.

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