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Location: Horn-Bad Meinberg, Lippe, Detmold District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Best Hikes to Externsteine
  • One of the highlights on the Hermannsweg through the Teutoburg Forest is definitely the imposing Externsteine. They are among the most important natural and cultural monuments in the entire Teutoburg Forest. But myths and legends also haunt the Externsteine. If you are not afraid of heights, you can also climb the five rocks and enjoy a wide panoramic view.

    Information and events around the Externsteine:

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    • August 23, 2016

  • The upstanding rocks are an attraction in the beautiful forest landscape. The entrance to the rocks costs 3 euros per person and is a worthwhile investment. You have a great view over the landscape.

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    • October 1, 2017

  • Not so crowded during the week.

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    • March 13, 2017

  • The most popular excursion destinations in the region are the Externsteine, a 40 meter high rock formation, THE natural and cultural monument in the 'Land of Hermann', as marketing experts call the Lipperland. The 'Stonehenge of Germany' today mainly attracts tourists, day trippers and hikers. Once a year, at the summer solstice, the esotericists come: inside, because they consider the Externsteine to be a magical place of power.

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Mystic and definitely worth a walk break for those who go the Hermannsweg leg Hermannsdenkmal- Leopoldstal.
    A large meadow at your feet invites you to a picnic.

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    • June 25, 2017

  • The hiking around the Extersteins and such fad commit is beautiful in every season. For photo enthusiasts it is in the blue hour a very nice motive

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    • September 18, 2017

  • A must for every East Westphalian. Too bad that the second formation has to be bought rather expensive

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    • March 13, 2017

  • The Externsteine ​​must have been easy to see when in the area. The many benches around also invite you to take a break, during which you will always come across something new at the rock towers - which seem to have grown out of the ground;) - discover

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    • August 30, 2017

  • mystical and impressive. The Externsteine is simply German cultural property.

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    • June 3, 2019

  • A visit to the Externsteine is very worthwhile. Unfortunately, you can not go up to the bridge in winter! The next to the tower can be climbed throughout the year. But be careful, here it is in snow and frost, hellishly smooth!
    Our walk was exhausting, ever because of the weather at -5 ° C, but so much the better. The 250 km drive was fully worth it.

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    • March 17, 2018

  • Although the site has experienced inglorious times during the Nazi dictatorship, you should definitely visit the rock formation on the Heermannsweg and climb once.

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    • March 17, 2017

  • The landmark, next to the Hermann Monument, in the Teutoburg Forest: Wikipedia writes about the individual rock formations:

    Cave Rock:
    The most important traces at the Grottenfels (number 1a) are the caves, the staircase, the summit plateau and the famous rock relief of the descent from the cross. The summit has been leveled plateau-like, so that an equally high area extends over the top of the grotto rock, which is torn by fissures. About two meters below the summit on the southwest side of the base of an angularly mounted around the summit space can be seen. The rock has been carrying a stairway since 1663, probably longer. The staircase starts between the tower rock and the Grottenfels, leading first to the summit of Fels 1b and from there to the summit of Grottenfelsen (number 1a). Traces of older stairs are available.

    The grotto itself consists of three rooms located along the northeast side and interconnected. On the southeastern narrow side of the rock is the entrance to the so-called dome grotto. Next to the entrance stands a figure, vaguely carved out of the rock, with a key that is often understood as Peter. The approximately 4 meter long dome grotto is narrow at the bottom and widens up to a dome. Its irregular shape, which bears chisel marks only in a few places, they should have received by fire.
    Main cave:
    A narrow corridor leads to the rectangular main grotto extending to the northwest. She has, as all walls testify, received her box shape with the help of a hammer and a chisel. Its most striking feature is a hemispherical basin about 1.25 meters in diameter, which is sunk into the ground at the southwest wall. Two door openings, one narrow and rectangular, the other wide and arched, give light to the room. Next to the rectangular door there is a medieval inscription and a grin.

    Besides cave:
    The third box-shaped room, the grotto, adjoins the main grotto at the northwestern end and extends at right angles to the main grotto in the northeastern direction. Their walls are also worked. The southeast side of the room contains two rectangular depressions, one of them man-high, the other a square at heart level.

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    • May 6, 2017

  • Hidden in the forest is the beginning of Externsteine

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    • July 17, 2017

  • This tour is one of the "must do's" in the Teutoburg Forest!

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    • September 23, 2017

  • From Hermann to the Externsteinen it is only 9km on foot. Just follow the H On the way you pass the Adlerwarte in Berlebeck. I can only recommend that!

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    • June 5, 2017

  • A very important and spiritual place of our Germanic ancestors therefore highly recommended. They also give a nice picture in nature.

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    • June 5, 2017

  • In the Teutoburg Forest, visiting the Externsteine is not only an absolute must, but a great pleasure.

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    • December 24, 2014

  • The legendary landmark, next to the Herrmann Monument, in Teuto. Always nice here. In autumn toole deciduous tree colors.

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    • June 18, 2017

  • Beautiful sandstone formation,
    especially if you have not visited Saxon Switzerland yet

    If possible visit first Externsteine ​​/ squatting woman in Teuto and then the Saxon and Czech Switzerland;). Long pants recommended if the environment wants to be explored.

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    • July 26, 2015

  • A very nice and well signposted hiking area. There are about 240 meters of altitude to overcome, but even for inexperienced is the create. Solid footwear is a must. The Externsteine ​​speak for themselves and should necessarily be climbed because of the great view. At the Silberbach mill there is a nice restaurant with beer garden on the lake. On the way back you can fill up your water supplies at the source. The water tastes very delicious and is crystal clear.

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    • October 8, 2016

  • On a side path you come across an elongated rustic valley with steep cliffs. Here in the strictly protected area rare animals such as the eagle owl. This is unfortunately disturbed by esoteric freaks, who have also recognized the beauty of the valley.

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    • July 17, 2016

  • The Externsteine! you need a ticket to climb the rocks. The single ticket costs 3.5 for adults. But you can also buy a combination ticket for the rocks and the Hermannsdenkmal. The ticket for both attractions costs € 4.50.

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    • September 1, 2018

  • Those who come here at the solstice experience even more mysticism. Partly a little too hard.

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    • January 11, 2017

  • Fascinating rock formations! From the rocks: Great view of Detmold and the surrounding countryside.

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    • August 6, 2018

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Location: Horn-Bad Meinberg, Lippe, Detmold District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


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