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...more
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.
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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,...more