Warstein, Germany, twinned with Hebden Royd
Warstein is in the north of the Sauerland, a land of hills, lakes and forests, which gives way to the North German plain. The industrial area of the Ruhr is about an hour's drive away to the west. Stadt Warstein lies in the administrative area of Soest which is about half way between Dortmund and Kassel.
Warstein itself lies in a valley and has a number of small villages in the hills and valleys around it, in this respect it is not dissimilar to Hebden Bridge. With about 30,000 inhabitants, it is, however, a larger town and, with over half its area wooded, forestry is important.
Also in the area are electrical, steel and plastics industries together with limestone quarries and perhaps the best known, the huge brewery where Warsteiner beer is made.
Due to its location, though, it is not only an industrial town, but also a popular holiday area offering, among other things, watersports, and walking with plenty of accommodation and camping available. There is a wildlife park and interesting caves with stalactites and nearby is the Moehnesee and the Moehne Dam.
There has been a connection between the schools of our towns for some time but the link with Warstein became an official twinning in 1995, thus completing a three way link connecting St Pol, Warstein and Hebden Royd.
German language site containing information about the town of Warstein and the local area.