Bestwig distinguishes itself in its high quality of living and extensive recreational facilities. Numerous clubs and associations offer sportive, cultural and social activities.
In the Elpe valley, close to the point, where the Elpe joins the Ruhr river, is where you will find holiday village Ostwig. Slate-tiled half-timber houses and farm houses characterize the historic village.
Ostwig is located on the Sauerland hiking route and in the popular Ruhr valley, is one of the most beautiful villages in Sauerland, has been awarded a district prize, participating in the "Unser Dorf hat Zukunft" competition (can be compared with Great Britain's Best Kept village competition) and has been a state approved recreation village since 1995.
More details can be found on www.ostwig.de
Throughout the year a wide variety of cultural events take place on a regular basis.
Whether theatre, classical concerts, exhibitions and everything within the wide range of jazz, rock, pop, cabaret, stand-up comedy, comedy to e.g. the traditional markmen's festivals in the various districts or pub/restaurant gardens. The events in Bestwig are organised by various parties, among which „Kultur-Pur“ and local clubs.
All activities and events with regard to holiday and leisure, parties, seminars and conferences as well as all cultural events can be found on the calendar of events.
The village owes the peaceful location and its well-groomed appearance (slate tiled and half-timber houses) to the fact that the village has developed into a state approved recreation village.
Regional centres nearby are Paderborn (approx. 50 km), Hagen (approx. 75 km) and Dortmund (approx. 80 km). The district town of Meschede is approx. 8,5 km away.
Be active in Sauerland
Set out on a voyage of discovery and explore our region Bestwig. Regardless of the mean of transport, on foot or by bike, you will be impressed by the picturesque scenery.
The low maintain range scenery within the holiday area "Around Lake Hennes" is perfectly suitable for hiking. Throughout the year you can join guided hiking tours.
The expansion of the cycle route network is a fact, also in Sauerland. Information regarding the state-wide network of cycle routes in North Rhine-Westphalia can be found > here
A special highlight is the Ruhr valley cycle route.
The FORT FUN Adventure park is the wildest, coolest park for explorers & conquerors. Here you will encounter trappers, cowboys and Indians as well as the first 'flying human being“. Become an explorer as well! > additional information
Places of interest
Always worth a visit are the many nearby places of interest. No need to drive far in order to see historic monuments oder an impressing scenery.
Go on a voyage of discovery and learn more about the history of the ore mines and find all there is to know about the extraction of lead and zinc in the original tunnels.
The old Ramsbeck flour mill
Water power and muscle power were the most important sources of energy in older days. The countless rivers and creeks made it possible to use the power of the water with the aid of water mill.
The pagan place of worship in the Velmede area evidently used to be a form of settlement in protohistoric times and is a historisc monument as well as one of the oldest proof of traces of people who lived in Sauerland.
The cross of the Five Holy Wounds
The cross of the Five Holy Wounds, in honour of the 5 Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ, dates back to the 19th century and can be found by entering Velmede, direction Halbeswig.
The Ostwig manor
Das Haus ist eng mit dem Ursprung des Dorfes Ostwig verbunden. Schon 1200 wird der alte Rittersitz in einer Urkunde des Stiftes Meschede als Lehngut erwähnt.
The Venetian tunnel is a witness to early ore minning history in Ramsbeck. The tunnel is not accessible. The entrance into the Bastenber, however, is visibile and signposted.
Flue gas chimney on the Bastenberg
The flue gas chimney is a relic from the mining days. Here, at the bottom of the chimney, you will have a great view of the Valme valley.
The 57 m high Stüppel tower at Fort Fun adventure park is one of the highest observation towers in Sauerland. If the weather is good and clear, visibility will stretch to several hundreds of kilometres.