Culture Park

The Sayn Culture Park, which includes a great variety of cultural attractions and exciting adventures, was nominated as a “cultural masterpiece of the region”. In the Butterfly Garden the visitor becomes part of a fairy tale of one thousand and one exotic butterflies. As he walks through their native habitat, butterflies are flying freely at arms length. Little Chinese painted quails, whose chicks are barely larger than a bumble bee, a variety of colourful tropical finches, turtles diving into the water, large Koi carps and the mysterious iguana are a constant source of delight to our visitors. Alternating art exhibitions by renowned contemporary artists form an exciting contrast within this tropical mystery. A few steps from the exotic paradise lies the neo-gothic Palace of the Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein that arose from its ruins just a decade ago. The palace shows the remarkable collections of the Rheinland Museum of Ornamental Cast Iron, the “Chamber of the Princesses” (the family museum) and the charming palace chapel, where the precious medieval arm relic of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is displayed. A guided tour through the palace’s staterooms and their art collection can be arranged through the town’s Tourist Office, situated within Sayn Palace. The terrace of the restaurant SaynerZeit offers a view on the Palace Gardens and its majestic trees, wide greens and idyllic waterways. A short walk through the historic village will take our guests by the mill museum Hein’s Mühle to the romanesque Sayn Abbey and its colourful cloister. The main altar of Sayn Abbey displays another most precious medieval treasure, a golden shrine conserving Apostle Simon’s arm A close walk from there, between the highest trees of the country, the Sayn Rope Course promises an exciting sportive adventure. The “Rheinsteig” or “Saynsteig”, two certified hiking trails, lead up to Sayn Castle, the medieval seat of the former Counts of Sayn. The castle restaurant “DieSayn Burg” offers a great opportunity to enjoy a marvellous view across the Rhine valley that reaches over to the Eifel volcanoes. The old Sayn Foundry on the banks of the river Sayn, is a most precious industrial heritage site from 1830. It was built out of cast iron and glass, and is reminiscent of a cathedral. A major revitalization programme has been launched recently to convert this site into a cultural centre for the region. The eastern boundary of the Sayn Culture Park is formed by the roman Limes and its restored watchtower which are recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Scenic tours to the above sites are arranged by Knight Hermann von Sayn.