Lake Seilersee © Tüch/DAAD
Lake Seilersee Iserlohn© Tüch/DAAD

Iserlohn is located in the rural region of Sauerland near the Ruhr conurbation. Surrounded by woods and nature, this green city is home to two universities and offers lots of room for relaxation. And in the summer, you can certainly enjoy yourself in Iserlohn’s charming historic city centre.

Back to overview


The geese and their goslings waddle along the shore of the Seiler Lake in Iserlohn. They don’t appear to be bothered by the human visitors who come to enjoy the nature. That’s one side of Iserlohn – surrounded by woods, it’s a quiet, green town, ideal for getting some rest and relaxation. The two universities in Iserlohn are also situated in the green countryside. The campus of the University of Applied Sciences South Westphalia is situated in a parklike landscape. And the campus of the private university BiTS (Business and Information Technology School) is located right on the lake.

But only a few hundred metres away, it can get quite loud – especially when the enthusiastic Iserlohn fans root for their ice-hockey team, the „Iserlohn Roosters“. Iserlohn offers you and its approximately 95,000 inhabitants a wonderful mix of big-city attractions and pristine nature.

Iserlohn lies between the Ruhr region conurbation and the rather rural Sauerland region in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Hometown pride is not only evident at those ice-hockey games when the Roosters play, but also every day at 6 pm. That’s when you’ll hear the “Westphalia Song” from the bell tower located on the plaza at the end of Unnaer Strasse.

Iserlohn has a cosmopolitan flair – you’ll definitely be welcomed with open arms. You can also take a quick train trip to other multicultural cities in the Rhine-Ruhr region. The international character of Iserlohn is evident in the fact that BiTS established a branch campus here; its two other campuses are situated in the major cities of Berlin and Hamburg. The students of the “entrepreneurial university” regularly organise the „Campus Symposium“, an international economics conference which invites well-known speakers from around the world – a great opportunity to make professional contacts. In the past, internationally renowned figures have spoken at the event including Kofi Anan and Al Gore.

Iserlohn’s economy is primarily supported by the service sector and the metal-working industry. Other leading corporations in the pharmaceutical industry and waste-management sector have set up operations here as well.

You can learn more about the region’s manufacturing and industrial past at the near the train station and the . Events are held regularly at the 19th-century industrial settlement, such as the „Rock in Barendorf“ music festival and art fair „Art to Take“.


Because the town is relatively small, many places are close enough to walk to.

You’ll find a number of quaint cafés and bars downtown. Most of them, like the café „Fuchs und Hase“, are located in the narrow and winding side streets. The cinema „Filmpalast“ is very close by. There you can enjoy international meals, such as Greek or American dishes at Onkel Dimos American Diner. They serve delicious burgers!

The Cashbox is somewhat hidden between the large building facades of the shopping street. This little ticket shop, which sells concert tickets and CDs, has a nostalgic charm which makes it almost cult. You can attend concerts, comedy shows and plays at the „Parktheater“ in Iserlohn.

Smaller concerts are regularly held at the bar „Stay Wild“. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can party till the early morning hours either at one of the many motto parties or at a jam session.

Not only is the disco „Living“, located next to the cinema, an ideal spot to go dancing, but also for hanging out with friends in the lounge and smoking a shisha. You can also go dancing at the „Schauburg“. During the week, it’s a bistro, but on Saturdays, it transforms into a disco. You can “get down” to the hits of the 80s and 90s in the Burgkeller. The Schauburg also has a great beer garden where you can relax and watch football games on the big screen in the summer time.

Sports can help you work off all those calories. There are numerous opportunities to get some exercise around Seiler Lake – at tennis courts, swimming pools and mini golf.

How to find a room in Iserlohn

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Iserlohn.


Cities similar to Iserlohn