Center Parcs Hochsauerland – A perfect Family Vacation Park

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

Escape from everyday life for a few days and spend some relaxing time with the family: where better to do this than at a Center Parcs? After visiting Center Parcs Allgäu and Center Parcs Eifel in the past few months, we now made our way to Center Parcs Hochsauerland. We stayed here for five days.

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Interesting facts about Center Parcs

It all began in 1953, when Dutch entrepreneur Piet Derksen opened a sports store called Sporthuis Centrum in Rotterdam. After expanding to 17 Dutch branches, he bought a piece of woodland in 1968 to turn it into a campsite. This was very well received, so the tents were quickly replaced by bungalows and an adventure pool was added in 1971. In 1978, Derksen sold his sports stores to focus on the vacation parks. The company was renamed Center Parcs in 1986. The Center Parcs Europe N.V. portfolio now comprises a total of 27 parks in Central Europe: 6 in Germany, 9 in the Netherlands, 5 in Belgium and 7 in France. In 2026, another park will open in Germany – on the Baltic Sea coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the Pütnitz peninsula. A total of 600 cozy vacation homes and apartments will be built here on an area of 120 hectares.

Center Parcs Europe N.V. is part of the French tourism and real estate group Pierre et Vacances with a total of 207,000 beds and a turnover of 1.4 billion euros. Since 2001, Center Parcs UK and Ireland has been operating independently with 6 parks. The vacation parks with their bungalows and vacation homes are usually located in the middle of the forest or by the water in the midst of beautiful natural landscapes – sometimes ancient forests, sometimes extensive beaches or fantastic winter sports areas. An exciting fact is that 90% of Center Parcs’ vacation parks consist of forest and water!

When you stay at a Center Parcs, you enjoy many inclusive services such as free WiFi, entry to the Aqua Mundo swimming paradise, a parking space and final cleaning of your vacation home. In addition, the more luxurious the accommodation, the more convenience, comfort and additional services included.

Center Parcs locations in Europe

Center Parcs locations in Europe

Center Parcs Holiday Park Hochsauerland

In the middle of the “Land of 1,000 Mountains”, between Winterberg and Willingen, the Center Parcs Hochsauerland is located on the outskirts of the Hanseatic town of Medebach in North Rhine-Westphalia (location in Google Maps). It is surrounded by extensive forests and meadows and therefore offers mountain bikers, hikers, Nordic walkers and, in winter, skiers the best conditions for a break in the countryside.

The vacation park was opened in 1994, making it the second oldest Center Parcs vacation park in Germany. It was taken over by the Gran Dorado brand in 2001 and has been operated under the name Center Parcs Hochsauerland ever since. The extensive vacation resort covers an area of 42 hectares and offers 548 fully equipped vacation homes, which can accommodate between 2 and 20 people depending on their size. The vacation park also has its own hotel with 120 comfortable hotel rooms. The 19,000 m² covered “Market Dome” complex is located at the heart of the complex and is connected to the Parkhotel via a glass bridge. From 2018 to 2020, the Sauerland vacation park was extensively modernized and renovated with an investment volume of 36.5 million euros. This included the renovation of many vacation homes as well as central facilities such as the children’s farm, the Action Factory and the Deep Nature Spa.

Center Parcs Hochsauerland & Spielberg AVENTURA

Center Parcs Hochsauerland & Spielberg AVENTURA

Check-In, Reception & Parking

Accommodation can be occupied from 4 pm on the day of arrival, for Center Parcs Friends from 1 pm. You can of course check in earlier. We downloaded the Center Parcs app in advance and were able to enter all the important data for the journey in advance, such as the car registration number and the names of all the guests traveling with us. A QR code is generated from this, which can be conveniently shown at check-in. Each guest then receives a digital wristband with which they can conveniently open their vacation home, pay digitally anywhere and also gain easy access to Aqua Mundo.

Tip: You can use all the park’s leisure facilities (Aqua Mundo, Kids Club etc.) on the day of arrival from the moment the park opens!

Like Center Parcs Allgäu, Center Parcs Hochsauerland is completely car-free. This means that you can only drive into the park for your arrival and departure and then park your car in the large parking lot at the entrance. We think that’s great, especially because there are so many children in the park.

A map of the vacation park

On the following map you can see the size of Center Parcs Hochsauerland and the location of the various vacation homes. This map can also be downloaded here as a .pdf version.

Overview map of the Center Parcs Park Hochsauerland

Overview map of the Center Parcs Park Hochsauerland

Vacation homes

The vacation homes are surrounded by greenery and offer space for couples, families or larger groups of up to 20 people in the Comfort, Premium and VIP feel-good categories. The categories offer different amenities (made beds, towel package, kitchen package, etc.), depending on what is important to you. Every vacation home has everything you need: Comfortable furniture, a fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful bathroom, a spacious private terrace with a view of nature as well as amenities such as Wi-Fi and entertainment electronics.

The VIP vacation homes have a luxurious wellness bathroom with a whirlpool bath, rain shower and sauna. They also score points with a mixture of a retro look and modern elements made of wood and stone in beige and green tones.

If you book a children’s vacation home, you can also look forward to your own climbing frame in the private garden. Unfortunately, these vacation homes were already fully booked at the time.

Our 8 person premium vacation home

Our completely renovated 98 m² 8-person vacation home in the Premium category was located in Zone 6 of Center Parcs Hochsauerland, i.e. not far from the Market Dome. The semi-detached house has two floors, a spacious living room with sitting area and wood-burning fireplace, 2 bathrooms with shower or bathtub, a private terrace with garden furniture and a renovated, fully equipped kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, toaster, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans and a high chair for children. The kitchen equipment was great, so we were able to cook for ourselves on some evenings.

In the Premium category, you can look forward to made beds on arrival, a hairdryer, a kitchen pack (tea towel, kitchen towel) and there is also a second TV in one of the bedrooms.

Cycle Center & E-Car

The Cycle Center offers various types of bicycles, mountain bikes, kick bikes, handcarts, e-scooters and other electronic means of transportation for hire. During our stay, we had the opportunity to rent a large 8-seater e-car to take us everywhere. This was not only great fun for us adults, but also for our children. As the vacation park is generally car-free (except for arrival and departure) and it often rained during our stay, this was a great thing.

The region around the vacation park offers a well-developed network of cycle paths. You can find some great inspiration on the Medebach website.

Market Dome

The Market Dome is located in the middle of Center Parcs Hochsauerland in an absolutely tropical atmosphere. In the covered and heated complex you will find all the important facilities of the vacation park, such as the guest information desk, various restaurants, the Aqua Mundo swimming paradise, the Kids Club, a supermarket, two stores, a bowling alley and the Action Factory.

Store & Smile

Store & Smile is the name of the two stores located in the Market Dome. One store focuses on toys, souvenirs & gifts and decorative items. And in the other store you can buy clothing as well as bags, hats and bathing shoes. Both stores are usually open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so you can stop by all day.

Action Factory & Gametown

Inside the Market Dome you will find a wide range of indoor amusements: In the weather-independent Action Factory, you can let off steam on climbing walls and trampolines, play mini golf, drive around in mini speedsters and bumper cars or go bowling with the family. There is also a virtual reality activity. You have to pay extra for the activities in the Action Factory.

Gametown is a true gaming paradise. For a fee, you can purchase credits that you can use at the machines. Depending on how high the winnings are, a certain number of tickets come out of the respective slot machine, which can be exchanged for gifts at the end.

Kids Club

In the Kids Club, all children get their money’s worth, as there is an extensive range of games and handicrafts on offer. For example, you can build an insect hotel (together with your parents and for an extra charge), make your own cuddly toy, paint T-shirts and much more. A play corner with children’s kitchens, toys and cuddly toys rounds off the offer. In front of the Kids Club there is a play area with soft building blocks and various wooden ball play stations.

At Center Parcs Hochsauerland there is unfortunately no indoor play world BALUBA like in other parks. We thought that was a real shame, because we (and our daughters) had been really looking forward to it. But that’s what the huge AVENTURA outdoor playground is for 🙂

Supermarket

As all the vacation homes have well-equipped kitchens, you can easily cook for yourself every day. We had already brought a certain amount of food with us from home and we simply bought everything we needed from the park’s own supermarket in the Market Dome. The prices are understandably a little higher than in normal supermarkets, but you can get everything quickly and easily.

Tip: As the village of Medebach is directly adjacent to the Center Parcs, you can also do your shopping quickly and at a slightly lower price at Aldi, Rewe, Netto or Edeka, which are all just a 3-5 minute drive from the vacation park.