Despite its small size of only 8,000 inhabitants the town provides everything you need for your daily life.
Already in the 12th century merchants from Medebach regularly traded with merchants of the Hanseatic League from Wisby or Reval.
The climax of the Hanseatic League in Medebach, however, found an abrupt ending when the town was destroyed by a vasall of Henry the Lion in 1179. In the following centuries Medebach received jurisdiction, coin- and market rights of its own as well as the right to levy tolls.
Suffering from the consequences of the Thirty-Years´ War and the Seven- Years´ War, from fires and diseases, the people of Medebach rebuilt their town several times.
Only the nunnery of Glindfeld, whose origin can be dated back to 1177 when it belonged to Augustinian nuns, was a religious centrein the lives of the inhabitants of Medebach. But in 1803 the religious life there came to an end and the property was signed over to the state.
Through the events of the past centuries Medebach changed from a flourishing Hanseatic centre to a town whose townsmen lived on farming smallholdings.
At the beginning of the 20th century a slow economic upturn began. Through the extension of the road system and the building of the narrow gauge railway from Steinhelle to Medebach the town again took part in economic life. During the last century Medebach developed into today’s tourist region in which farming and forestry play an important role as well.
Today Medebach is a popular holiday resort. Hikers and bikers enjoy the varied scenery. Particularly nature-lovers like the encounter with the extraordinary world of animal and plant life in the so-called Medebacher Bucht which is part of the European protection of birds program.
A variety of sport and leisure activity centres make possible eventful and active holidays in the middle of unspoiled nature. With the holiday complex “Ferienpark Hochsauerland” Medebach offers varied leisure activities to all its guests and inhabitants.