SORPE LAKE

Stroll dine, relax…. It’s just like being on holiday – only the Sorpe lake offers such beauty. Not only our guests but also the locals love the promenade beside the lake which was completely redesigned in 2009.

On balmy summer evenings you can enjoy concerts and theater performances, eat an ice cream, go skating, cycling, play beach volleyball, go for walks with the children or refresh yourself at the many water fountains on the promenade and have a dip in the lake - everything is possible at the Sorpe lake. You can relax and unwind by sitting on the many benches along the promenade, or enjoy a boat trip, a sauna in the “Haus des Gastes” or just visit one of the many restaurants located along the banks of the Sorpe lake. The restaurants invite you to relax on the promenade or in the forebay Amecke and enjoy a cool drink or a delicious meal on one of the many terraces overlooking the lake.

 

The history of the Sorpe lake

The Sorpe, like the Bigge lake, the Möhne lake and the Verse valley dam, is a reservoir, located in the eastern Upper Sauerland region in the north of the natural park Homert in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and is one of the largest reservoirs in the Ruhr Association. The Sorpe dam is one of eight reservoirs in the Sauerland and is also the deepest and has excellent water quality. The Sorpe lake belongs to the town of Sundern and lies between the districts of Langscheid and Amecke.

Built between 1926 and 1935, the Sorpe dam was considered at the time to be Europe's largest construction site. For the first time ever, an earth dam with a 69 m concrete core wall was built for the damming structure and was at that time the highest dam in Germany. In November 1934, the control gates were able to be closed for the final reservoir filling, and thus the inauguration of the Sorpe dam was celebrated. Increased water demands and repeated droughts were the impetus for this action, and since then the Sorpe lake serves with its storage capacity of 70 million m3 not only the electricity and water supply for the Sauerland and the Ruhr region but also is especially valuable as a recreational area for locals and guests.

The Sorpesee offers a variety of recreational activities such as swimming, rowing, sailing, surfing, beach volleyball, fishing, hiking and more starting with a short walk over the Sorpe dam and along the newly designed promenade and ending with multi-week holiday offers.

The passenger ship "MS Sorpesee" is available for trips during the tourist season between Good Friday and the end of October.

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