"Welcome to Altena" Altena by yumyum

Altena Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 49 photos

We came to Altena on a half day trip from Herscheid by car. By chance, we met VTer Banty in the castle, but I forgot to take a picture of my first meeting with him.

Altena has about 20'000 inhabitants. It's located in the narrow Lenne valley. Although there are more spectacular towns in Germany. Altena draws visitors from all over the world as it is home to the world's first youth hostel which is located in an awesome castle.

So, if you are in the area, make sure that you visit Altena.

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  • In a nutshell:A must if you are in the area!
  • Last visit to Altena: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    Thanks for virtual tour to fairy land!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Nice page! I would love to see the Castle for real!

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Hi Sonja, I'm looking around at not so famous German towns and cities with future visits in mind. Altena looks very nice. Thanks for a lovely page.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Sonja, it looks like there are a lot of must-see cities in Germany.... Ich vermisse dieses Land...

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Carl reminds me of Thomas the train --- another very nice place to visit - Altena. The view from the castle tower is gorgeous...Norman :)

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Very nice page!Castle Holtzbrinck looks gorgeous!

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Finally we've been there, too, was very nice there! Und Dein Tip mit dem Parkdeck war super, von da hat man wirklich einen prima Blick! Nur ist die Burg zur Zeit voller Gerüste, ohne sieht's netter aus!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2008 at 4:07 AM

    The Castle looks interesting to visit. And poor Carl the train is rusting away.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    I'm not going to attempt to pronounce the youth hostle = but like the rest of the architecture it all looks stunning here!!

  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2007 at 2:58 AM

    Altena seems very nice.Nice pictures as usual.Sonja,thanks for the information.


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