Etappe 08: Zum Hermannsdenkmal am Rande von Detmold – Hermannshöhen
Teutoburger Wald Tourismus planned a hike.
December 15, 2020
On the eighth stage, the Teutoburg Forest shows itself again from its most beautiful side. As in the days of Arminius the Cheruscan, dense forests cover the ridge and its wide slopes. From Oerlinghausen it goes right at the beginning up to the Kammweg.Then it goes slowly downhill through dense forest. In small clearings along the way, you can always take a look at the surrounding hilly landscape and the Weser and Wiehen Mountains some distance away.The goal of today's hike is the huge statue of Arminius, the Hermannsdenkmal on the summit of the Grotenburg. With a height of 26 meters, Hermann is the tallest statue in Germany. The raised sword alone measures seven meters. The base of the statue is just as high again and so the entire monument is really very impressive. Its creator, the artist and sculptor Ernst von Bandel, saw this monumental statue as his life's work. Right from the start he made it clear that he would forego an artist fee so that all donations could benefit the building. The small hut in which von Bandel lived next to the statue during the last years of construction can still be visited today. He worked on his dream for over forty years until the monument was ceremoniously opened in 1875.From the Hermannsdenkmal it is only a short distance to the beautiful town of Detmold, where you can easily find accommodation.