The High Westerwald, which begins here, is an up to 650m high, relatively flat plateau - a basalt ridge that has risen above the original low mountains. Here is the Westerwald - especially in winter - proverbial cold, often with plenty of snow in the winter, many kilometers of groomed cross-country ski runs and ski lifts.
In summer it is worthwhile to explore the quiet countryside, numerous swimming and fishing lakes offer recreation away from the bustle of large tourist centers. Just in Daaden the landscape changes its character: from the basalt plateau to a typical low mountain with wooded hills and valleys which pass into the Siegerland and finally to the High Sauerland.
A special feature of the region is its industrial history: 2500 years long, until 1965 ore was mined and smelted. Everywhere certificates are still visitable, for example some visitor-mines and a mining museum in the neighboring village Herdorf.
Former digging of basalt left numerous pits with lakes that are now beautiful nature reserves. Some of them are free to commit, some only partly with nature professional guide. (It can be organized by the homeowner).
The so-called "Stöffel Park" provides a wonderful insight into the history of this digging, still valuable geological discoveries are made to date.
The nearest large city is Siegen (approx. 25 km) with 100,000 inhabitants, the center of the region.
Attractive indoor and outdoor water parks in the area can be found in Betzdorf, Bad Marienberg and Neunkirchen-Salchendorf, a climbing parcs is located in Freudenberg and Bad Marienberg (see section Links).
For more beautiful destinations, you can see in the gallery.