Not only the coal mines and industrial landmarks of the Ruhr Area, but also the numerous castles and old manors of the Munsterland are witnesses of the cultural history in this region.
Cappenberg Castle (5 km) is a great example of the architecture in the Baroque period, it has a stunning view over the Lippe valley. Pride of the region is Nordkirchen Castle (15 km) with its amazingly pretty park, quite rightly called “The Westphalian Versailles”. Other highlights are Westerwinkel Castle (19 km) with its golf course and the moated Vischering Castle (23 km). All of these can be easily reached by bike.
At the Zollern Coal Mine in Dortmund (23 km) you will understand what life was like in the Ruhr Area during the time of industrial prosperity. The industrial museum with its shaft tower invites you to explore and discover more about the thrilling history. The Henrichenburg Watergate Park (16 km) was once the hub of inland shipping and therefore witness of the region’s industrial glory days. It is now a museum and candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage title. The UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (47 km) and the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (63 km) are also must-see tourist destinations.
Even Lünen has much to offer: The Lake park with the former Landesgartenschau area and Schwansbell Castle is the local recreational area. The Lünen Town Museum is located there as well. World-famous industrial designer Luigi Colani shapped an old shaft tower to a n interesting piece of a art and created the Colani-UFO – which is now in use for conferences. Catholic St. Mary Church houses the statue of Virgin Mary in the Bisphopric of Münster. Lünen is therefore the oldest pilgrimage destination in the diocese.
There are many museums in the region. The German Exhibition for Worker Protection (DASA, 25 km) gives an interesting insight in Germany’s working world. The Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U (14 km) displays modern and contemporary art. Eyecatcher is the video animation “Fliegende Bilder” (flying pictures) on the outside of the building. Further back into the past goes the Roman museum in Haltern (35 km) presenting you a nice insight into the life of the Romans in the German province. Other museums in the area:
– German Football Museum, Dortmund (expected opening: end of 2014)
The area is an exciting place for the friends of drama and music. The Theater Dortmund (15 km) has a well-rounded repertoire of drama, opera and ballett. The Konzerthaus Dortmund (14 km) has a lot to offer. Highlight of the year in the local Heinz-Hilpert-Theater Lünen is the Liebesperlen revue. Other theatres:
– Freilichtbühne Werne (10 km)
– Schauspielhaus Bochum (43 km)
– Theater Münster (50 km)
– Starlight Express in Bochum (37 km)
– Metronom Theater Oberhausen ( 55 km)