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Whether living, working or enjoying leisure activities - Balve is a place to feel good in every respect.

Balve is located in the heart of the beautiful Hönne valley in the midst of impressive natural landscapes. The modern small town has a lot to offer: As a business location, not only are jobs right on the doorstep - kindergartens, schools and shopping facilities also ensure a very good quality of life. And if you want to experience something special, Balve has many offers for varied leisure activities. Do you like cultural events? Then why not visit the famous "Balver Höhle" (Balve Cave). The largest cultural cave in Europe is a venue with a special atmosphere for concerts and performances. Or let yourself be carried away into the magical world of dripstones when you visit the "Reckenhöhle". In the lovingly restored "Luisenhütte" adventure museum, unique in Germany, and in the "Museum of Prehistory and Early History" you can immerse yourself in times long past.

But hikers and sports enthusiasts will also get their money's worth in Balve: the "Sauerland Forest Route" takes you to the heights of the Balver Forest and opens up fantastic distant views of the Sauerland. See for yourself! The sporting highlight of the year is the international horse show "Balve-Optimum". Over four days, the equestrian elite gathers in Balve to compete in international competitions as well as the German dressage and show jumping championships at Wocklum Castle. The "Landpartie" also takes place at this beautiful moated castle. In spring and autumn, this top event with around 150 stalls and interesting live acts attracts numerous visitors - far beyond the borders of the region.

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Facts & Figures

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Year 1430

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51.33330 latitude and 7.866670 longitude

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What is the city known for?

the mammoth