If you leave Halberstadt in the direction of the Harz, you will come across the picturesque village of Langenstein at the gates of the city. Here is a unique testimony to earlier living culture in Germany: the cave dwellings of Langenstein. Numerous dwellings were once carved into the soft sandstone by young farm worker families. Some dwellings, it is believed, even date from the Germanic settlement period.Massive doors in the rock wall, windows with white curtains and tiny gardens with kitchen herbs are still reminiscent of the life of their former residents. Sometimes it even seems as if a hobbit from a Tolkien novel is about to stumble in the door.The last troglodyte, as the cave dwellers were called, did not leave its unusual home until 1916. You can still visit the caves on Höhlenstrasse on Schäferberg and on Altenburg.halberstadt.de/de/hoehlenwohnungen/hoehlenwohnungen.html
October 18, 2020
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