The area of the city center has undergone an intensive transformation in recent years. For example, as part of the REGIONALE 2013, the so-called Ruhr Promenade was created along the Ruhr and Winziger Platz was completely redesigned by opening up the Henne. From Winziger Platz, the likewise newly constructed Henne Boulevard leads through the city center to Meschede's tourist flagship - the Hennesee. The pedestrian zone adjacent to the Ruhr promenade invites visitors to enjoy shopping and linger. Several times a week a market takes place on the Kaiser-Otto-Platz. This is also the site of St. Walburga Church, which was built in 1663/64 on the foundations of a cruciform basilica dating from around 900. North of the city center, within walking distance, is the Abtei Königsmünster, a monastery of the Benedictine Congregation of St. Ottilien.