The Bergische Dom
The largest Gothic leaded glass window north of the Alps shows
the heavenly Jerusalem
Altenberg Cathedral, the Fairytale Forest and its top chefs have made Odenthal famous far beyond its borders. The Bergischer Dom, one of the most famous German church buildings, is located in the Altenberg district. With its impressive 144-square-metre west window, it is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Every year, the cathedral attracts visitors from all over the world. The fascinating building also regularly hosts top-class organ concerts.
A delight for children and adults alike is the German Fairytale Forest. There, the fairy tales of Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and many others come to life again on a tour through the forest. And afterwards, the “Dancing Fountains”, a hand-played water organ, unique in the region, beckon.
Hiking enthusiasts will find a variety of marked trails in a landscape rich in forests and water. A forest nature trail as well as natural, soil and cultural monuments are also waiting to be discovered. A walk from Altenberg Cathedral to the dam wall of the Dhünntalsperre – the second largest drinking water reservoir in the Federal Republic – and back is virtually a must. Walks through the Altenberg monastery landscape or the game park, where mouflons, wild boars and fallow and roe deer roam, provide new impressions.
The Altenberg Summer of Culture, which takes place from June to September, is considered a cultural highlight of the region. Odenthal’s unspoilt nature and cultural offerings, as well as hotels and restaurants of all categories, offer visitors the opportunity to relax from the stresses of everyday life and fully enjoy their leisure time here.
Information directly from Altenberg can be found on the website of the i-Punkt Altenberg
Welcome to the Bergisches Land. For lots of tourist information, go to the “Das Bergische” website
Hikers will find many tour suggestions on the Bergisches Wanderland portal