Lage des Paderborner Landes in DeutschlandThe Community of Altenbeken is embedded in the "Nature Park Teutoburger Forest and the Egge Mountains" between the Spas Bad Lippspringe, Bad Driburg and Horn-Bad Meinberg, in the North West region of the Paderborner Land.

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Altenbeken

The Gateway to the Egge Mountains

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The Community of Altenbeken is embedded in the "Nature Park Teutoburger Forest and the Egge Mountains" between the Spas Bad Lippspringe, Bad Driburg and Horn-Bad Meinberg, in the North West region of the Paderborner Land.

Altenbeken - das Tor zur EggeThe Egge, with its steep valleys, its brook moors and grass meadows presents a most varied low mountain range, which forms a link between the Teutoburger Forest and the Sauerland.

More than half of the community's area is forest land and going for a walk in the spring, when the sweet woodruff, birthwort and wild garlic are in bloom and the forest is transformed into a sea of colour, is a unique and wonderful experience.

For many rare species of fauna and flora the forests around Altenbeken are irreplaceable habitats and hence, 2.600 hectares of this area have been declared as a nature conservation resort, known as the "Waldreservat Egge-Nord". It stretches from the area of the Durbeke brook right through to the Egge Ridge and is of European importance in the protection of species and biotopes.

The Viaduct

The ViaductThe grand Railway Viaduct is the main feature on the "Viaduct Rambling Route"; it is depicted in the logos of the rambling route and of the Community of Altenbeken.

For more than a century and a half, Altenbeken has been well known as an important railway crossing point. Since its official opening in 1853, the Railway Viaduct has been the landmark of Altenbeken; at a height of 35m and over 482m, its 24 impressive arches span across the Beke valley.

"I believed I would find a golden bridge, seeing that such a tremendous amount of thalers have been spent", the Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, apparently said at the official opening ceremony. This royal statement is deemed to have been one of the reasons for incorporating a golden viaduct into the crest of Altenbeken.

During the Second World War the Viaduct was heavily bombed and four pillars and several arches were destroyed. In early October 1950, the extensive repair work was finally completed and since that time, this outstanding Viaduct has once again been an attraction in this lovely landscape.

Since December 2002 the Altenbeken Railway Viaduct has been a talking point as a "Golden Bridge" in the truest sense of the word. 20 of the 24 arches are illuminated at night, such that the viaduct is a favourite setting of numerous photographers and television camera teams.