Overall, six information centres will be available to visitors from 2018 as starting points for excursions to North Rhine-Westphalia’s most recent nature park. In Hemer, Meinerzhagen, Bad Berleburg, Burbach, Lennestadt-Kirchhundem and Medebach, exhibitions will be created which present both the different special regional features and the nature park as a whole. The information centre in Burbach, for example, will focus on “traditional crafts”, and in keeping with the theme will be housed in a former bailiwick. The individual information centres will open in succession from the spring of 2018 onwards.
The Sauerland-Rothaargebirge nature park, which was founded in 2015, covers the areas of the former Homert, Ebbegebirge and Rothaargebirge nature parks, with other areas added from the Olpe and Siegen-Wittgenstein, Märkisches Kreis and Hochsauerlandkreis regions. With an area of 3,836 square kilometres, it is the largest nature park in North Rhine-Westphalia and the second largest in Germany after the “Naturpark Südschwarzwald” (the Southern Black Forest nature park).
Its highlights for tourists include the Rothaarsteig hiking trail, the Attahöhle cave and the Bruchhauser Steine rocks near Olsberg, which are the first certified national nature monument in North Rhine-Westphalia.