About Schmallenberg



Although the population of Schmallenberg together with its 80 surrounding villages is much the same as Burgess Hill, there is a distinct impression of being away from it all, up in the hills.





The origins of the town date back to the Middle Ages, but the town was destroyed by fire on three occasions the last of which was in 1822.

Sock Town

Since the 19th century Schmallenberg has been a centre of the textile industry. This brought Schmallenberg the nickname "Strumpfstadt" ("socktown"). The largest company is the Falke Group who still make socks.

Two main streets



Most visitors to the town are German but the local people are hospitable when they discover you are English and go out of their way to overcome any language barriers. As you wander round the town (there are just two main streets) you cannot fail to be impressed by the neat, tidy streets and the attractive half timbered houses. At each road junction there are surprising views of wooded hills.

For interesting information and a guide to the town, take a look at the at this document: Schmallenberg: Historical Town Walking Tour:





Burgess Hill Platz

A square in the town is named after Burgess Hill.

Summer and winter resort

Schmallenberg is a summer / winter holiday resort and there are numerous hotels and guest houses in and around the area. You can explore the local countryside on one of the many footpaths through the forest and in winter there are opportunities for cross country skiing. Winterberg, a winter sports resort famous for its bob ski run, is a short drive from Schmallenburg.

streets_230"Woche" every other year

If you are fortunate enough to visit Schmallenberg at the time of the “Woche” (rather like our Summer Festival) you cannot but fail to be delighted by the stalls and entertainment in the streets. No doubt you will soon be tempted to join the locals at one of the many beer stalls in the Town Square! The next Woche takes place in August 2016.






Anniversary Celebrations 

The highlights of the year 2008 were the celebrations held in Burgess Hill and Schmallenberg to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning. A full account of these may be found in the September and December Newsletters 2008.

September 2008 newsletter: Newsletter_0809.pdf

December 2008 newsletter: Newsletter_0812.pdf