Freizeitzentrum at the Schieder See is a nice, very calm, very green, very peaceful, and almost hidden area of recreation right at the Schieder lake with yet a good few of opportunities to do leisure of many sorts. Park is comfortable & friendly for ppl with disabilities too! However, it surprised me, how almost stubbornly locals/staff stick with...more
Schwalenberg is popular with tourists, who come to the rolling hills to see the Burg (now a hotel-restaurant), the 16th-century town hall, and the half-timbered houses lining the cobblestone main street. Schwalenberg was probably founded in the 10th century. The early history of the town is linked to the fortunes of the Count of Schwalenberg, the...more
DomÃ¤ne 1, Schieder-Schwalenberg, 32816, de
Good for: Couples
I do guess their food is good yet I've had mineralwater only and a glass of so called "Berliner Weisse mit Waldmeister" which tasted very, very good and fresh!! There they do the "Berliner Kindl" beer with flavor of Waldmeister (is it woodruff in English?) so perfectly like the original one, one gets in Berlin. Restaurant's staff is very friendly,...more
If you visit Germany in the early summer ,you'll notice the word "Spargel" everywhere...this is a type of large,white Asparagus...its Yummy...In Schwalenberg (and across Westfalen)many of the restaurants have a "Spagelkarte" or Asparagus menu...I sampled a Spargel dish and it may have been my favorite dinner on our recent trip...served with...more
The restaurant within the castle/hotel is wonderful! There is a giant window down one side of the dining room, and you can look down into the town. During warm weather they serve food on the patio. When you stay at the castle/hotel you receive breakfast, and it is served in the same restaurant. If you book a stay in the castle, you may have to...more
What more exciting thing to do than...sleep? Well, I could have put this tip under Accomodation, but come on. Our group ended up all hanging out in one room, drinking, playing cards, and enjoying ourselves. That's enough nightlife for me!
Dress Code: Come as you are!
If you go exploring within the castle, you are bound to come across several shadowy figures. Do not be scared, because these guys aren't out to get you...there are several sets of armor on display throughout the castle/hotel.
There is a small zoo on the castle grounds. I think, during summer weather, it is better-maintained, but we were there in very early spring. There were a few animals, and we did have a good time walking around and looking at them, but it was kind of sad. There were goats and rams, birds, burrows.
Unique Suggestions: Go with an open mind. Hope, like I did, that the conditions of this little zoo improve during the year.
Schieder-Schwalenberg's Folklore Festival's costume group is known as the "Trachtengilde Schwalenberg / Lippe e.V." registered as an independent association. As of 1930, the dance and costume group started performing outside Schwalenberg with appearances in Munich, and participation in the Stuyvesant Parade in New York, U.S.A. On the occasion of...more
There are several trails in the woods surrounding the castle. Our group spent a couple of hours exploring (and getting our excercise!) and really enjoyed ourselves. The trees are knotted and twisty, very neat to look at, and somewhere in the woods is an old cemetery. It's very peaceful, and I'm glad I took the time to get to know the surrounding...more
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Favorite thing: If you stay at the castle/hotel and wish to take your pet, you can. There is an extra charge for the animal (around 7 Euros) and you must supply your own food, but your pet is welcome. I know, because I took my dog Tipper, and she seemed to enjoy herself!