Embedded in the hilly landscape, Burg Altena is enthroned above the river valley, where the old buildings just line up. With 60% forest area, a lot of old buildings and its history as a castle and wire drawing town, Altena unites the wishes of culture and nature lovers as an excursion destination.
Burg Altena is undoubtedly not only the name giver, but also the eye-catcher of the city. It has been stretching on the top of the Wulfsegge since the 12th century. Winding alleys lead from the city center up the hill. But don't worry: the ascent can also be mastered wonderfully with the adventure elevator. On the way through the gallery, visitors are taken back to almost forgotten times by virtual mythical creatures before landing directly in the castle courtyard by elevator.
The town scores with its location in the middle of green countryside, on the banks of the Lenne River, where houses from past centuries are lined up next to each other. Those interested in culture will get their money's worth on historical city tours to the many industrial monuments. Those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere can enjoy their time on the Lenne promenade in one of the many cafés.
It is a short distance from the city to the forest, in the middle of the Sauerland Rothaargebirge Nature Park. Circular hiking trails, but also longer hiking tours, like the long-distance hiking trail "Sauerland-Höhenflug" start in Altena or lead through Altena like the 32 kilometer long "Drahthandelsweg".
Whoever arrives in Altena cannot help but be impressed by the towering forest mountains. It is even more beautiful to dive into them. Mossy forest floor, low-lying fog and here and there a small ruin make the forest here seem especially mystical. Numerous small circular hiking trails, but also longer hiking tours like the Sauerland-Höhenflug start in Altena or lead through Altena like the Drahthandelsweg.
Lots of forest and nature, medieval charm and numerous recreational opportunities combine Altena to an optimal destination in the Sauerland.