During our recent trip to Germany, I was able to see more of Hamm City - my husband’s hometown.   I learned more of its history and development as a livable  green city.  We were fortunate that the weather gave us blue sky and sunshine which made our trip more enjoyable. 


Castles and The Roman-Lippe-Route


We first went to Schloss Oberwerries. It is a Baroque castle located in Hamm-Heeseen district on the right side of Lippe River. The castle consists of large complex buildings surrounded by water. The gatehouse is the oldest facility which dates back to 1667.   


Inside Schloss Oberwerries


There is a courtyard with tables and chairs for people to enjoy an afternoon tea or coffee. The castle has also a hotel, conference rooms, and educational facilities for various activities.


Hamm City Schloss Oberwerries
The Castle Courtyard for Coffee and Tea



Before heading back to our car, we made a short visit to the Lupia. It is a muscle-powered ferry as part of the Roman-Lippe Route. The route is a cycle path that runs from Detmold through the Ruhr region until Xanten. And it is the same path of the Roman Empire exploration.  


The Roman-Lippe Route Map


Hamm City Roman-Lippe-Route Lupia
The Lupia to Cross the Lippe River



Hamm City Lupia
Cyclists Crossing the Lippe River via the Lupia


After testing our muscles crossing the Lippe River via the Lupia, we headed to Heessen.  This lovely district has red brick houses and cobble-stone paths. 



Exploring the District of Heessen


Schloss Heessen - At Present, A Boarding School



We made a brief stop at Christliches Hospiz Hamm to have a look at St. Anne Chapel.  This chapel and the old infirmary beside it catered to leprosy patients of the Bubonic Plague. During the Thirty Years War, the whole area was destroyed. And in 1728, the chapel was restored with a Renaissance style of octagonal brick building with ridge turrets. 


St-Annen-Kapelle Beside the Present Christliches Hospiz


Old Photos of the Chapel


Turning Coal Mines to Urban Greenery


Hamm is also part of the Industrial Heritage Trail. This trail links tourists attractions related to industrial heritage in the Ruhr area such as museums and cultural spaces. The buildings and facilities are mostly former mining and manufacturing sites. With the mines being closed, the city switched  the empty mines into parks and open spaces for culture and the arts . The old buildings, on the hand, are now hubs for small offices  and workshops. 



One of the Coal Mine Towers at Radbod


The most popular is the Elephant Glasshouse at Maximillian Park. We already visited the park in winter and early summer. Hence, we opted to see the other former mining sites - Radbod and Heinrich Robert. 



Halde Kissinger Hoehe
A Hill Formed from Mine Stockpile Turned into Green Recreational Space



Green Volkwagen at Radbod



Former Miners Houses



Hamm City Wellness and Health Space


The day before we headed back to Tokyo, we went for a quick exploration to the Kurpark or Spa Park. In the late 19th century, brine underground water was discovered in the east part of the city. And to benefit from its healing properties, they built the Gradierwerk Saline. It is a wooden structure covered with blackthorn twigs where the brine water slowly falls down. People can sit on the benches or walk around the Saline while inhaling its salty mist. 


The Saline at Kurpark


People Relaxing Around the Saline


After clearing our  lungs and feeling energised, we walked around to see the other areas of the park. 


Learning Horse Riding at Kurpark


A Serene Greem Space at the Kurpark Lake


Colorful Flowerbeds at the Kurpark



Walking Along Lippe River


Arboretum for Tree Bathing


Center for Manual Therapy at the Kurpark


With all the stress and health issues flourishing in urban communities, this style of green space where people can walk around; relax; and rejuvenate , should be replicated and encouraged. 


To know more about Hamm City, please visit their website: https://www.hamm.de/startseite.html.