Discover our multifaceted leisure activities
As the largest part of the village and the eponym for the municipality, Willingen offers everything that goes with a successful holiday: well-kept hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments as well as a high-performance gastronomy offering international culinary delights.
Excursion destinations in and around Willingen
The wooded low mountain range of the Hochsauerland is a true paradise for hiking, skiing, and biking enthusiasts. Throughout the year Willingen offers a varied program with extraordinary events and a wide range of sporting activities
Summer toboggan run
The 700 m long summer toboggan run with its 11 racy curves, 3 jumps and many long straights is a great pleasure for kids, teens and of course the parents.
Like miniature golf, but adventure golf consists of 18 natural courses, which are created in a wonderful setting. It is fun for young and old to conquer the different levels of difficulty.
High Ropes Course
Train your own strength in the high ropes course. There are two different routes at 6 and 18 meters in height between 10 large trees. Overcome different bridges with loops, beams, and stairs.
Let yourself be carried through the air and experience Willingen by paragliding from above. Here you will find optimal conditions for this.
A great pleasure for all mountain bike fans. Here there is the right route for everyone. On the one hand, there are relaxed family tours with a manageable length, and on the other hand, there are tours that require a certain amount of fitness. On the other hand you will also find the challenge of technical trails.
Slate Mine "Christine"
In the "Christine" slate mine, you can discover a great deal of evidence of slate mining from 1859 to 1971 under expert guidance. By the way, the Willingen Christstollen is also stored in the mine.
Excursions and leisure activities in Willingen at a glance:
Summer toboggan run
Adventure Golf Course
Bowling centre with large go-kart track
Playgrounds, adventure mini golf
Hang-gliding and paragliding school
Track for inline skaters and roller skis
- Mountain bike fun park, free ride routes
- Climbing hall and climbing wall at Hochheideturm
- 8th cable car to the Hochheideturm
- Ice rink with ice disco and curling
- High Ropes Course
- Glass blowing workshop
In winter, Willingen transforms itself into an international winter sports resort and offers big and small ski bunnies everything you can imagine in terms of snow fun: 12 ski lifts and 4 children areas on five snow-covered slopes, almost 100 km of groomed cross-country ski runs, toboggan runs, ski schools and ski children areas with a magic carpet, snowboarding and swingbos, horse-drawn sleigh rides, après-ski, FIS World Cup ski jumping featuring top athletes and much more.
Willingen is located in an extensive winter sports area with a total of 6000 metres of slopes. No matter whether you prefer skis or snowboards: you will definitely get your money's worth on downhill runs of up to two kilometres in length. A cable car and 11 lifts will take you comfortably back to the top, and several snow-making facilities guarantee snow.
The right winter offer
For the passionate cross-country skiers among you, a well-maintained, free cross-country ski trail network of almost 100 km is at your disposal. Of course, your little ones are also catered for here: in the children's ski-land your kids can take their first attempts at skiing, and several toboggan slopes with conveyor systems invite you to enjoy carefree snow fun. And there's also something to visit: Willingen is home to the largest ski jump in the world, where a World Cup ski jumping event is held every year.
Night skiing in Willingen is also a real pleasure. Several days a week, you can ski on four slopes in Willingen until the evening hours. We wish you safe skiing!
Insider tip: During night skiing you can enjoy a fantastic view of the illuminated mountains from the 90°C panorama sauna.
Ski school WIWA
The DSV ski and snowboard school with ski and snowboard rental, own ski bus, which picks you and your kids up directly at the hotel and takes you to the ski slopes, as well as a top service for all Sonnenpark guests - a team for safety, successful learning and of course fun in the snow is looking forward to you.
What the Sonnenpark partner ski school offers you:
- Ski courses and private lessons
- Ski guiding - the popular ski area tours
- Snowboard courses
- Children's land for little skiers
- Carving - the boundless driving pleasure
- Short turn - safety in steep terrain
Here you get directly to the homepage of the SKISCHULEWIWA
Further destinations around Willingen
About 40 minutes away from the Sonnenpark is the big "FORT FUN Adventure Land", which offers its big and small guests a great variety of attractions and shows.
The Diemelsee, embedded in green meadows and forests, is a true water, hiking, and leisure paradise. You can go sailing, swimming, surfing, or just relax and cast your fishing rod. Divers will find exciting spots and a mysterious underwater world - besides the abundance of fish with pike, zander, perch, carp, and whitefish, there is also a lot to discover in the Diemelsee. A canoe tour on the lake promises a little adventure. If you like it more fast-paced as an experienced canoeist, you can go on the winding natural whitewater course, which has quite a bit of current.
Golf course Brilon: Whether adult or child, the 9-hole tournament course or the 6-hole practice course is suitable for everyone.
Sonnenpark guests play up to 15% cheaper
After your game of golf, the clubhouse with sun terrace welcomes you. From there you can watch the players' tees, chipping or putting and enjoy the "golfer's atmosphere" with food and drink.
Dates for the briefing: Please contact the office one day in advance - Phone: +49 2961 53550
Annually recurring events
- January/February: FIS World Cup Ski Jumping
- June: Willingen panoramic run with the German cross-country skiing team
- August: Alphorn fair on the Ettelsberg
- December: Willingen - a winter fairytale
Further information about Willingen can be found here