Eight questions for…

Karl Heinz Krome, canoe tour operator and Hotelier

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Corvey, what should I definitely not miss?

A visit to Corvey should always include the Westwork. These walls that are over 1,200 years old have survived a lot. It is history you can touch.

What do you particularly like here?

The buildings have a robust aura of endlessness. In the middle ages, people already lived and worked here. And many dreadful things are part of Covrey too, like death, destruction and reconstruction. Despite all this history there is still life in the buildings: the Duke of Ratibor lives in the castle and the museum is well visited and I have my hotel here.

Do you have an insider tip?

Come in the evenings when the visitors have left. Then you can absorb the tranquility of this place. You can sit by the Weser and let your thoughts flow.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

On one of my first visits to Corvey I was impressed by the sheer size of the buildings.

Which time of the year is the most attractive here?

Summer is of course is the most beautiful time. Then there are lots of guests and cyclists in and around Corvey. There are concerts and exhibitions in the castle. And pilgrims on the Way of St. James (to Santiago de Compostela) can have their pilgrim passports stamped from April to November in the abbey church.

What else should I see here?

Our region, the Weserbergland, is shaped by the Weser riverscape and gentle rolling hills. Here you find peace and relaxation. It is worth taking a bike tour along the Weser River, which leads you past idyllic villages and old towns.

Visiting World Heritage sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Typical is hearty simple food with beer. Here in eastern Westphalia the Ostwestfälisch-lippische Detmolder beer is brewed. A sweet treat is the Lippische Pickert, a yeast-dough cake, made sweet with jam or enjoyed as a savory with liver pate.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

I would like to see the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. I’ve seen most of the other World Heritage Sites.

Karl Heinz Krome

was born and grew up in Westphalia. He manages a hotel on the castle site of Corvey.

Before he set up his hotel in Corvey, the trained carpenter, social worker and canoe tour operator ran a workshop for people with disabilities in Detmold for 20 years. At the same time he founded a canoe tour business, with which he moved to Corvey in 2004. In Corvey’s Domänenhof he reconstructed the former cow shed and eventually transformed it into the Weser Activity Hotel which he also manages. His specialty: guided canoe tours on the Weser River.