This Highlight is in a protected area
Please check local regulations for: Naturpark Teutoburger Wald / Eggegebirge
Opening hours and tickets
Opening hours of the information center and interactive exhibition Externsteine, free admission:
April to October: daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
March, November and December: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
January and February: Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
Opening hours ascent rock:
Summer season: (April - October): daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
Winter season (November – March): Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
August 31, 2022
"An impressive natural and cultural monument are the Externsteine, a group of rocks made of Osningsandstein. This was formed in the lower Cretaceous period as a sea deposit. About 70 million years ago, the layer was folded up vertically by shifts in the earth's crust. The softer rocks were washed away by water and wind washed away and only the hard sandstone remained, which rises up today with its striking rocks.
In addition to the free-standing rock formation, there are nine other rocks that can hardly be made out in the shelter of the forest. These rock biotopes are of particular importance for rare animal and plant species, such as the dripped Spitzmoos, which can only be found in this area nationwide. Eagle owls have also been breeding in this area since 2006."
August 16, 2022
"...We can see the bizarre rocks from afar, which reach 40 meters high into the sky. Two of the thirteen rocks can be climbed via countless steps carved into the Externsteine..."
You can find detailed information at: netreisetagebuch.de/externsteine-wandern
November 6, 2022
You can climb part of the rocks. After rainy days you should be careful. It is often overcrowded on weekends. It is also worth knowing that this place is haunted by esoteric groups at certain times, most notably the summer solstice and Walpurgis Night. Unfortunately, right-wing extremist groups sometimes also meet there.
6 days ago
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