Culture Tour Tips

HELLWEG – ein LICHTWEG is a modular, constantly expanding art project in the Hellweg region. It has been bringing together works of light art in the public space, both completed and in the making, to form an identity-creating whole since its establishment in 2002.

Under the overall artistic direction of Matthias Wagner K and in partnerships with cities and municipalities of the Hellweg region, the Centre for International Light Art Unna and invited guest curators, it has realised and projected new works of light art by nationally and internationally renowned artists every year since then. These artworks can be experienced only 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, tailored to personal requests and interests, provide guidance through the Hellweg region and help visitors plan their cultural days out.

We wish you hours of fun and fascination.


Themed urban walking tours

You will learn more about the town's 825-year history on a walk through the charming Old Town with its richly decorated timber frame houses. Highlights include the tour of the Marienkirche and the collegiate ruins. Public guided tours take place from March until October, Sundays (2:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2:00 p.m.) at fortnightly intervals respectively; Nov-Feb fortnightly on Wednesday, starting point town hall. 

INFO: Stadtinformation, Lange Str. 14,Tel. +49 (0)2941/58515,

Art in the tower

The monument-protected former flak tower was handed over for cultural use to Kunst in Turm e. V. in 2003, and is the scene of temporary exhibitions and events today. 

INFO: Von-Tresckow-Str. 31, Tel. +49 (0)2941/61121,

Collegiate ruins

The former Augustine convent located in the middle an attractive park is one of Germany's most beautiful ecclesiastical ruins. Particularly worth seeing are the High Gothic tracery windows and the refectory of the former cloister.

INFO: Stiftsfreiheit,


The landmark of the town today was consecrated in 1222 by the town’s founder, Bernhard II. zur Lippe, simultaneously Bishop of Sedonia. The pretty three-domed baroque bonnet continues to define the town’s silhouette. 

INFO: Rathausstraße, Tel. +49 (0)2941/3043,


Built in the 17th century, the museum with its splendid stucco ceilings is one of Lippstadt’s most beautiful burgher houses. It shows important collections from pre- and early history along with an exhibition of fans and toys. 

INFO: Rathausstr. 13, Tel. +49 (0)2941/980259,

Eating and drinking

“Goldener Hahn” inn

Built in 1566, the timber frame house adorned with opulent carvings attracts numerous visitors every year. The cosy ambience and Mediterranean and Westphalian cuisine invite diners to linger a while. 

INFO: Lange Str. 12, Tel. +49 (0)2941/9887686,

Lippstädter Brauerei Thombansen

Snacks accompanied by home-brewed beer specialities can be savoured in this stylish, modern inn with exclusive flair.

INFO: Lange Str. 3, Tel. +49 (0)2941/800815,

Altes Brauhaus

The brewery house was built in 1729 and has been the head office of the Weissenburg Brauerei since 1871. It is now used as an inn that serves plain cooking. 

INFO: Rathausstraße 12, Tel. +49 (0)2941/78990,

Ristorante Fellini

Ristorante Fellini offers exquisite Italian specialities in a stylish Mediterranean ambience.

INFO: Cappelstr. 44, Tel. +49 (0)2941/924150

Hülsemann’s Schänke

This quaint inn attracts diners with culinary treats served up in a pleasant atmosphere. In sunny weather, the terrace offers a magnificent view onto the hustle and bustle of the pedestrian zone. 

INFO: Lange Str. 89, Tel. +49 (0)2941/4576,

Café Rüther

In the centre of Lippstadt we find the Grüner Winkel; it is traversed by the Lippe and the shipping canal and Café Rüther is at home in its green soul.

INFO: Im grünen Winkel, Tel. +49 (0)2941/59510

Café Nölke

Select coffee specialities and a veritable cake paradise in a cosily modern atmosphere.

INFO: Fleischhauer Straße 2, Tel. +49 (0)2941/7609883,ö


Welcome Hotel Lippe Residenz

Located right on the bank of the Lippe, the tranquil atmosphere of this four-star hotel makes an inviting place to stay a while. Indulge in international specialities plus seasonal dishes in the Restaurant Schwanensee. 

INFO: Lipper Tor 1, Tel. +49 (0)2941/9890,

Best Western Hotel Lippischer Hof

The hotel is situated in direct proximity to the shopping street in the historical Old Town and offers 49 fully equipped rooms. Its modern atmosphere makes this three-star hotel an attractive place to stay.

INFO: Cappel Straße 3, Tel. +49 (0)2941/97220,

Hotel Drei Kronen

In direct proximity to the historical Town Hall, the hotel’s nine individually furnished rooms offer all-round comfort. Its Italian cuisine comprising Mediterranean delicacies is another of the hotel’s attractions. 

INFO: Marktstr. 2, Tel. +49 (0)2941/3118,

Hotel & Restaurant Hülshoff

The idyllically situated hotel at the edge of the "Grüner Winkel" park offers its guests six fabulous themed double rooms. 
An unforgettable stay is ensured by the outstanding cuisine served in the hotel’s restaurant with adjoining beer garden, which has something to offer for every taste.

INFO: Am Friedhof 4, Tel. +49 (0)2941/9680030,

City Hotel

The City Hotel is situated in a quiet, easy to access location in the heart of the old Westphalian town by the Lippe. The picturesque “Im Gruner Winkel” park, with the river Lippe running through and its historical bridges, is directly adjacent to the hotel. 

INFO: Lange Straße 1, Tel. +49 (0)2941/5033,


Altstadtfest (spring)

Against the attractive backdrop of the historical Old Town, the Altstadtfest promises fun for the whole family with a four-day, variety-packed entertainment programme, drawing visitors from near and far.

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2941/58515,

Rathausplatz Festival (summer)

Under motto, “for free and outside”, for four weeks (Thurs., Fri., Sat.) Kulturring Lippstadt e. V. presents a varied, high-class live programme featuring established bands plus numerous new discoveries. 

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2941/201237,

Lippstadt Culinaire

In late summer, selected Lippstadt restaurateurs lay out a feast on the Rathausplatz. Spend some unhurried hours enjoying an atmospheric programme of music and savour the culinary delights.

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2941/58515,


For Lippstadt's Autumn Week, the whole town centre is transformed into a fairground again. With over 250 operators plus the presentation of a guest country in the “Hospitable Village”, the big town-centre fairground draws thousands of visitors ever year. 

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2941/58515,

Christmas Market

To close the year, the popular ice rink can be found beneath the big canopy of lights on the Rathausplatz for the Lippstadt Christmas Market. The Town Hall is traditionally transformed into one big, illuminated Advent calendar, its windows lovingly designed by Lippstadt’s schools. .

INFO: Tel. +49 (0)2941/58515,