Minden (North Rhine-Westphalia) was first mentioned in the year 798 when 'Karl der Grosse' (engl. 'Karl the Great' or 'Charles the Great' or 'Charlemagne') held a convention in Minda (the former name). However, Minden the city which is located at the shores of the Weser river, has probably even deeper roots. Early settlements in the region date back more than 500 years earlier.
What makes Minden a place of interest for tourists? The best known sightseeing place is probably the Minden Aqueduct, a water bridge where a canal (the Mittelland Kanal) flows over the Weser river.
The downtown area showcases a wonderful quaint small towm atmosphere and the city and surrounding has still a lot of timber-framed houses.
Only a few kilometers south of Minden you'll encounter an area called the 'gate to Westphalia'. It is where the Weser river cuts through the hills. Right there, Porta Westfalica is a small town at the banks of the Weser river. Adjacent in the Wiehen Hills (western side of the river) you can walk trails (or drive) up to the Kaiser Wilhelm I Denkmal (memorial) standing high above the river and offering great views.
If you are a coffee drinker you might know the company MELITTA? Right, their headquarter is in Minden, Germany. However, we have neither found a visitor center there nor do we know about a tour.
See our next page for the tourism highlights of Minden...