Rila erleben

Rila erleben

Rotondo restaurant

The Rotondo restaurant on the top floor of the building, with its enormous panes of glass, offers a panoramic view of the expanse of the East Westphalian landscape and gives you your first glimpses of the sensory gardens. Up to 120 people can be hosted and indulged here.

Whether you are planning your birthday, an anniversary, your wedding, or another festive occasion, you are in good hands at Rila erleben. We are happy to put together individual buffets and menus for you or help you in your search for the right music, photographer, florist, and whatever else you are looking for.

For all events in the Rotondo restaurant with buffet the movable wall to the generously equipped kitchen is moved aside. This allows our guests to participate in what is happening in the kitchen.

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and the open design of the room, the Rotondo is also a perfect space for conferences and seminars.

Tags: Accessible | Non-smoking | Corporate celebrations | Food & drink | Coffee & cakes

Cafayate tapas bar

Let us spoil you with Spanish tapas, the little culinary delicacies which provide the end to the working day in Spain. In the Cafayate tapas bar, you can discover the wide variety of Spanish cuisine, from Barcelona to Gibraltar. Sometimes hot, sometimes cold, with dips, prepared using authentic recipes. This is pure Spanish conviviality!

We spoil you in the winter, respectively in the months between September and April with delicious Spanish tapas, Mediterranean cooking, and wine from around the world in this unique vaulted cellar to seat around 70.

The inspiration for this cosy tapas bar, with beautiful details, comes from the wine cellars at the wineries of the previous century. Natural stone from four different regions and quarries in Greece have found their place here. Each individual stone, each individual floor slab was hewn and trimmed by hand. This results in an incomparable play of colours and textures.

The name “Cafayate” comes from a town in the Salta region in Argentina and means “the place where you forget your troubles”. The vaulted cellar more than lives up to this name. Regular culinary events such as “whisky tastings”, “cheese & wine”, “Flamenco evenings” and other tastings and wine-tasting sessions help you to forget your worries and problems for the duration of a wonderful evening.

Tags: Non-smoking | Tapas bar | Food & drink | Wine cellar

Delicacies store

Sample, inform, and buy. Come with us on a culinary journey of discovery in the Rila delicacies store! A Chilean Indian church, African huts, and a Bedouin tent take centre stage. More than 1.200 products from Greece, Italy, Spain, France, the Far East, India, the Orient, and America, as well as gourmet products from Jürgen Langbein, Johann Lafer, Menzi, Ankerkraut, Goutess, and Bio Rinatura present a selection of the food cultures from around the world.

A majority of the products are produced by “Rila. The Indulgence Explorers.” in its own operations around the world. Other country-specific specialities are produced worldwide in more than 45 countries and imported.

Rooted very much in the local area, you can also find offerings from affiliated family companies in the region, such as products from the privately owned Barre brewery, Hartkorn spices, Bad Essen primordial sea salt, and spirits from the Drohne-based distillery Ey. Whether it’s single products, individual hampers, or vouchers for our experience gastronomy: there’s something for everyone in the delicacies store!

Tags: Delicacies shop | Buy specialities from around the world | Wine | Spirits | Ankerkraut | Hartkorn | Lafer | Ey distillery | Barre brews

Sensory gardens

The sensory gardens, across more than 20,000 m2 with more than 500 different types of plants, offer a particular highlight. In front of the entrance, your gaze falls upon a beautiful stone bridge, a tea house, and winding brooks which grace the Japanese garden.

Followed by the Italian garden in original tufa. The “La Pergola” wine pavilion beckons with around 50 seats under cover. Next to it waits the Greek garden with amphitheatre and an impressive pond landscape, as well as the Greek “Asteraki Moy” taverna.

The Mediterranean gardens are accompanied by unique outdoor gastronomy from May to August. In the middle of the Mediterranean landscape you will find the “Asteraki Moy” taverna, which means something along the lines of “My little star”, seating roughly 50 people. Here, all guests are indulged from the Mediterranean summer kitchen whatever the weather. Culinarily, the menu includes the best of international grilled and baked dishes, tarte flambée, and a variety of main courses. There is a wide range of delicacies available for vegetarians too.

From the Greek garden, you get to the Nick’s Kinderpark adventure playground with zip line, wooden toys, a meadow teepee, climbing facilities, a sundial, and seating.

The path then leads into the African garden. Typical Namibian Himba huts, life-size giraffes, a whole troupe of monkeys, stone blocks with carved figures, and unique plants await you in this rather barren landscape. You discover something new at every turn.

Next to Africa, you immediately notice a white, round building with a glass roof. It is the newest garden section in al-Andalus with Spanish-Moorish influences. Inside the building you are in an atmosphere shielded from the outside world and you are enthusiastic about the filigree motifs and images of the Alhambra. Only the sounds of the water can be heard.

Next door, the gaze immediately falls on a white pavilion entwined with roses which stands at the edge of a heart-shaped garden with rose bushes, boxwood, and lavender: the wedding garden. With a romantic bench, it is almost made for a pair of lovers and unforgettable (wedding) photos. Last but not least comes the heart of the gardens. A minimalist Altiplano garden with a partial reconstruction of the poignant church of Parinacota. This structure is a faithful reproduction of a building from the early Christian Indio culture from 1789.

Throughout the garden are romantic seating areas, which can be found either right by the water or somewhat tucked away under vines. Here, you can dine while reflecting on thoughts of your last adventure and escape day-to-day life with a refreshing long drink in your hand. What more could you want…?

Entry to the sensory gardens is free.

overview sensory gardens

Tags: Wedding garden | Beer garden | Stemwede holiday | Greek cuisine | Italian restaurant | Outing | Children’s playground

Nick’s Kinderpark

While you eat and drink in a relaxed atmosphere, the little ones can play & have fun “undisturbed”. The adjacent Nick’s Kinderpark offers a large climbing route, zip line, slide, sundial, sandbox, and much more. Surrounded by the Africa, Chile and Greece theme gardens, Nick’s Kinderpark is a feast for the eyes scenically.

Stemwede campervan site

Just a few steps away from the experience gastronomy is the Hollenmühle campervan site. This has 50 stable, level, and well lit pitches (6 x 12 metres). The site is in a peaceful location and scenic surroundings between the Wiehengebirge and Stemweder Berg. Hollenmühle is a perfect starting point for excursions to the Westphalian Mühlenstraße, the Dümmer Lake nature reserve, for walks, motorbike or bicycle tours.

The campervan and caravan site, with culinary connection, high-quality atmosphere, and comprehensive range of services, is open all year round and offers a wide variety of options.

With modern sanitary facilities with washing machines and tumble driers, WiFi, a barbecue area, and boules pitch, it numbers among the TOP sites in Germany.

Tags: Mobile home | Caravan | Campervan site | Dümmer Lake | Minden-Lübbecke | Stemwede | Rahden | Bad Essen