We would like to invite you along on a journey of discovery, during you will get to know some interesting facts about the history of Halle (in Westphalia) and the region.
The ‘Kaffeemühle’ (‘Coffee Mill’) Historic Trail
On this signposted circular trail, which is about 2.5 kilometres long, you will discover relics of a former landscape park owned by the Hagedorn merchant family, including the ‘Kaffeemühle’ lookout point.. There are also mysterious forest burial grounds, traces of a children’s amusement park from the imperial era, the crash site of a Halifax bomber during the Second World War and much more besides.
More detailed information about the historic sites is provided on 14 signboards that have been erected at the various sites. An overview board for all the sites can be found at the beginning of the chestnut tree avenue along the road ‘Bergkamp’.
If you would like to set off along this path, follow the sign ‘A 1 - Geschichtspfad Kaffeemühle’ (‘Coffee Mill Historic Trail’). Parking is available at the car park on the road ‘Spitzenkamp’, which you can reach from the road ‘Wertherstrasse’.
The ‘Waldbegräbnisse’ (‘Woodland Graveyard’) Historic Trail
Did you know that you could discover seemingly enchanted old graveyards in the Teutoburg Forest above the town, with artistically designed grave monuments and a mausoleum?
The number and variety of woodland graveyards on Lotteberg hill are unique in Westphalia. They tell us the story of the people who lived here and the great themes of their time. These small private graveyards were built from 1811 onwards. Two of them are still in use today.
From the walkers’ car park at the top of the road ‘Grüner Weg’, on the A6 heading east, you can reach the woodland graves in a few minutes. An overview board at the beginning of the path will help you to find the various graveyards.
The ‘Alte Friedhof’ (‘Old Graveyard’) Historic Trail
On a walk through the oldest existing graveyard in Halle, today a green area and sculpture park, you will gain insights into the history and everyday life of the town of Halle and the people who once lived here. The graveyard was consecrated in April 1828. The overcrowding in the graveyard of the church of St. John church threatened to endanger health.
The ‘Alte Friedhof’ or old graveyard which was located outside the town at that time is exemplary for many of those that were created during this period for rational, hygienic and economic reasons. The historical structure, with its avenues of lime trees, the outer graves and the middle field with the rows of graves of the ‘common people’ is still visible today.
Information boards have been put up at 15 culturally and historically significant gravesites, providing information about the people who were buried there, their fate and their position in the town of Halle (in Westphalia).
Tour of the Historical Old Town
Like many other towns, the town of Halle, first mentioned in an exchange document from 1246, has grown from small beginnings. These beginnings can be found in the settlement around the church (‘The Heart of Halle’). The construction of the railway line and early industrialisation also left their mark on the structure of the town. Take a walk through the centre of Halle to discover these traces.
Information boards on many of the buildings will provide you with starting points. You can then read more in the accompanying leaflet.