Nature and leisure


Altena is the ideal setting for hikers. Long distance hiking trails, circular tracks or historic thematic roads - the meadows and woods surrounding Altena are inviting to be explored.


In a town that is located on the river it is only natural to make use of the water and enjoy oneself: fishing, canoeing or simply dangling one's feet in the cool water.


Nature Trail

Flora and fauna can best be explored by walking the nature history and nature trail opposite the castle. Sculptures, information plaques and a teepee top it off.


Ideal  starting conditions and even a flying field make Altena a true paradise for those who love flying. Glider pilots, hang-gliders or paragliders get their fun and rookies can also give it a try and scent the mountain air.


Regardless whether you prefer ascending the mountains by e-bike, dashing down the mountains with your mountain bike or embarking on a cycle tour along the Lenne river: Altena's surrounding area caters for all tastes.

Horse Riding

Riding horseback through woods and meadows - for many that is the most appealing, idyllic picture. The Hegemann farm offers these rides and it is only 14 minutes away from Altena's town centre.


Nature park - Sauerland-Rothaar Mountains

Use Altena as northwestern entrance to the Sauerland-Roothaar Mountains nature park and look forward to water, forest, iron and culture in the largest nature park within North Rhine-Westphalia.