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Travel and sightseeing in the Olsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia) region

We will be in the region of Assinghausen/Olsberg ( North Rhine-Westphalia) in late June/early July for a small town Schützenfest festival... and are looking for some other attractions or don't-miss sights, restaurants, or hikes in the region. All suggestions appreciated!

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How long will you be there? There are the larger cities around there, of course, like Cologne, Düsseldorf and Münster and each of them are worth visiting. Cologne is a must-see just for the cathedral, but is a lovely city to walk around in. And there is one restaurant near the cathedral called maiBeck FÜR DICH where I had the best meal of my 30 day stay in Germany. Münster is also lovely with a beautiful cathedral and some interesting history there. I have not been to Düsseldorf but others here have and recommend it.

There will be many places for hiking in the area - also biking if you like that. Münsterland is known for biking opportunities. I would suggest that you check some of the local places' websites - they usually list local hikes and other sights and things to do. Here is the one for Olsberg - You could also check the Sauerland tourist sites. and

By the way, I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, which has a very large population of Germans. Cincinnati also has the oldest Schützenfest in America, dating back to 1866. Enjoy the one you are going to!

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I have been to a Schützenfest a couple of times, also in Westphalia but in a different town. I went to the Schützenfest in Soest/Westf, not far from Münster......a lot of fun, culturally an eye-opener and enlightening with great music ( German marches, Schlager, traditional Volksfestmusik. etc) as part of the activities. The one thing I can think of that might mar your enjoyment (I saw this once) is if you encounter too many "blaue Leute."

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In the area of North Rhine Westphalia the most well-known Schützenfest takes place near the end of August, which unfortunately you'll miss but next time !

This famous and popular Schützenfest is in Neuss (Neuß am Rhein), just over the river from Düsseldorf.

You take the U-Bahn from Düsseldorf Hbf to Neuss Hbf or the regional train with its terminus, Venlo, NL. The first stop is Neuss.