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This attractive Salt Mining Town on the Alten Hellweg Route has developed into a very attractive tourist destination. Whether you enjoy the lively street life of a town or you are in pursuit of peace and quiet in the midst of idyllic landscapes and nature – Salzkotten has a broad spectrum of opportunities on offer - and it looks back over an interesting history of that essential element of our life: salt. The image of the core town and the nine surrounding villages is characterised by ancient Tudor-style houses and an oasis of green nature protection areas and local leisure facilities.
The small Westphalian town at the banks of the River Heder is home to almost 25,000 citizens; and it has a lot to offer to its visitors, irrespective of whether they are interested in culture, economics, landscape or nature. Please come and take a look for yourself!
Salt mining and trading made this town on the Hellweg Route rich and wealthy in the past, and the history of salt is still very apparent to those visiting. The “Kütfelsen” (the rock) at the town hall is the source of the “Unitas Saline”, the oldest salt spring of the town. The rock is ideal for exploring the flora of salt; as it is the habitat of saltmarsh-grass, sea starwort, mud rush and salt-marsh sand-spurrey. The unique ‚Kütfelsen” has developed over a period of 15,000 years from the deposits of saline and is today a listed natural monument.

The Salt Works (Gradierwerk) and the Dr. Kneipp facilities in the vicinity of the Neuer Sprudel Spring with its recognised medicinal water is a significant landmark in the historic manufacture of salt. The new Salt Works however was built in 1997, on the occasion of the 750th Anniversary of the town. It is 50 metres long and its thorn walls measure eight metres high. The system is fed by the saline water of the nearby Neuer Sprudel Spring. Saline is pumped onto the Salt Works and, via grooves and taps, it then trickles down into the thorns; the process serves to raise the salt content in the water by repeating the process of trickling down, and then salt is finally obtained by boiling the water.
We strongly recommend a visit to the Salt Works; to enjoy the therapeutic inhalation of salty air and to relax in attractive surroundings.
Visitors can find the historic oil mill and the Sültsoid Nature Protection Area along the banks and meadows of the River Heder. A path along the Sültsoid will take you to Upsprunge and to the source of the River Heder and its more-than-twenty springs. During the summer months, we recommend a visit to the Sälzer Lagune, a saline swimming bath; which has health facilities and is great fun.

Salzkotten is also a great centre of culture. The town centre of Salzkotten boasts an attractive shopping mile and it is a regular venue for town festivals and cultural attractions.

A guided tour around the Dreckburg Castle along the Alte Hellweg Route outside the gates of this ancient salt town is also well worth the effort. This mighty Tower Castle was built in 1350 by the Dean of the Cathedral, Otto von Bentheim, and it served as the elegant residence of the Clergy. During the summer months the Castle is a popular venue for concerts and small arts events.



Salzkotten with

  • Mantinghausen
  • Niederntudorf
  • Oberntudorf
  • Scharmede
  • Schwelle
  • Thüle
  • Upsprunge
  • Verlar
  • Verne

142 m above sea level,
24800 inhabitants

Stadtverwaltung Salzkotten
Tourismus- und Stadtmarketing
Marktstraße 8
33154 Salzkotten
Tel: +49 5258 5070
Fax: +49 5258 50727