Culture Tour Tips

HELLWEG – ein LICHTWEG is a modular, constantly expanding art project in the Hellweg region. Initiated in 2002, the project brings together works of light art that are already made or undergoing completion in the public space to form an identity-creating whole.

Under the overall artistic direction of Matthias Wagner K, new works of light art by nationally and internationally renowned artists are projected and realised every year in partnership with cities and municipalities of the Hellweg region, the Centre for International Light Art Unna and invited guest curators. These artworks can only be experienced in their surroundings; they do, after all, form a coexistence with them: with the life habits of the people nearby, with the historical and present-day contexts, with the urban city and landscape zones – with what has shaped these places, makes them distinctive and special.

There is plenty to see, visit and experience along this trail of light art works. Selected tips and recommendations provide guidance through the Hellweg region and permit individual cultural excursions depending on personal wishes and interests.

We wish you hours of fun and fascination.


City tour

The attractive town centre of Fröndenberg, with its numerous timber frame houses, is open to sightseeing on a guided walking tour on every first Sunday of the month. Various sights related to industrial culture are also presented along the way. April until October, Sundays, 2 p.m. Meet outside the town hall.

INFO: Team Stadtmarketing, Tel. +49 (0)2373/976-238,

Chain Forge Museum and Funnel in the Ruhraue landscape park

Germany's only chain forge museum presents the process from round steel to finished chain, demonstrated on historical machines and at the furnace. Ask to try your hand at welding a chain. (April-October, every Sunday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.). The listed “Fröndenberg funnel” is located in the landscape park as a sole remaining monument to the town’s paper industry. It was a high-performance filtration facility in the local Himmelmann paper mill from 1854.

INFO: Ruhrstr. 12, Tel. +49 (0)2373/1708498,

Kulturzentrum Ruhraue

The Kulturzentrum Ruhraue has comprised “Kulturschmiede” since October 2007, an events space made particularly special by its fusion of historical industrial structure with new architectonic elements. The Kulturschmiede has a capacity of up to 170 guests for a diverse array of cultural events and can also be hired privately.

INFO: Ruhrstr. 12, Tel. +49 (0)2373/974599,

Kloster- und Stiftskirche Fröndenberg

The sepulchral church of the Counts von der Mark was built in the 15th century in several construction phases. Inside, the lavish fixtures, which include a Gothic winged altar by the artist Konrad von Soest, a baroque high altar, the baroque organ as well as various counts’ tombs, are worth seeing.

INFO: Team Stadtmarketing, Tel. +49 (0)2373/976-238,

Fröndenberg for golf fans

The Gut Neuenhof golf club is one of Germany’s Top 50 golf courses.

INFO: Eulenstr. 58, Tel. +49 (0)2373/76489,

Besides its challenging 18-hole championship course, the Golfclub Unna-Fröndenberg offers a further 9 fairways.

INFO: Schwarzer Weg 1, Tel. +49 (0)2373/70068,

Eating and drinking

“Stiftskeller” restaurant in the abbesses’ collegiate building

The historical abbesses’ collegiate building is situated opposite the collegiate church. The fully restored building accommodates a restaurant, which also offers outdoor dining on fine days.

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2373/757538,

Café Melange

Café Melange is home to lively coffee-house culture – guests regularly enjoy readings and lectures over home-made cake, coffee and tea here.

INFO: Markt 8, Tel. +49 (0)2373/399711,

Ristorante „il Campo“

The Gut Neuenhof clubhouse is an inviting place to spend time and relax, in the bright and airy restaurant or on the extensive terrace. Savour exquisite food and a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the manor and park.

INFO: Eulenstr. 58, Tel. +49 (0)2373/70043,

Restaurant Haeseler, Fröndenberg-Frömern

Arrivals into the town from the north will find the “Haus Haeseler” inn in the district of Frömern. Sophisticated, genuine Westphalian rural cuisine can be enjoyed here.

INFO: Von-Steinen-Straße 2, Tel. +49 (0)2373/976238,

Restaurant Heinrichs

Between Fröndenberg and Unna, enthusiasts of fine and delectable foods will find limited but exquisite cuisine with a very particular kind of flair: local cooking in perfection, refined with a pinch of innovation.

INFO: In der Twiete 4a, 58730 Fröndenberg-Frömern, Tel 02378/8683900;


Hotel Am Park

This modern hotel is located in the centre of Fröndenberg. Its rooms are tastefully and comfortably furnished.

INFO: Ruhrstr. 6, Tel. +49 (0)2373/1767800,

Das neue Hotel am Park

An annexe to the Hotel am Park, with barrier-free rooms, bar, bistro and ground-level bicycle garage. INFO: Ruhrstraße 16, 02373/9139472 and 02373 17405-0, e-mail

Hotel Restaurant „Haus Ruhrbrücke“

A family-run hotel in the centre of Fröndenberg with a tradition going back 125 years. The 60 rooms are equipped with all conveniences. The restaurant and its beer garden are recommended.

INFO: Ruhrstr. 20, Tel. +49 (0)2373/72169 und 7330;

Hotel Landgasthof Hölzer

Its rustic lounge and location high above the town are the outstanding features of this 14-room establishment. Horse enthusiasts will particularly love the carriage rides on offer.

INFO: Auf dem Krittenschlag 23, Tel. +49 (0)2373/76122 und 9788-0,



On the 1st weekend in September, the whole town is devoted to music. On the Saturday evening, music of various styles attracts visitors to the Marktplatz, and on the Sunday, the town’s choirs put on a show on the same stage.

INFO: Team Stadtmarketing, Tel. +49 (0)2373/976-238,

Fröndenberg Kreativ (autumn holidays)

A major hobby artists’ sales exhibition from Friday to Sunday provides lots of creative inspiration and a chance to bring along original items. Event venue: Gesamtschule Fröndenberg (Im Wiesengrund 9).

INFO: Team Stadtmarketing, Tel. +49 (0)2373/976-240,