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Externsteine, Horn-Bad Meinberg

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Admire nature's artwork at Externsteine, a sandstone formation of tall rock columns in the wooded hills of Lippe. These rocks were once used for religious activity; look for the open chamber in the tallest rock, which contains an altar stone. You can climb some of the formations, but others are blocked off to protect the vegetation. Stop at the visitor's center for detailed information on the attraction's history. Put Externsteine on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Horn-Bad Meinberg travel itinerary maker.
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  • Set of stones is small itself, it takes max 15 minutes to go up to the observation points and taking photos, but you can spent your time not only climbing there: take a walk in the forest, have a picn...  more »
  • Well worth visiting. Not merely an interesting geological formation - a straight line of rocky outcrops marching down a hill to be mirrored in a small lake - but a site of long historical interest. Th...  more »
  • This seems to be Germany's Stonehenge and is well worth a visit. Free parking, information in many languages, coffee shop and picnic spaces. Beautiful setting and some cost to climb the structure, or ...  more »
  • It's a good destination for weekend escape. There are plenty hiking trails that you can choose from. The longest one is 9.4km long and leads to Hermannsdenkmal. If you are here early and plan to walk to Hermann, you can buy a combined ticket at Externsteine for 4.5€ For both the big sand stones and the huge statue, which also saves you 1.5€. If you are alone there with your dog, it may be problematic, since dogs aren't allowed to the stone top. But if you are of two or more people, you can always take turn. Parking is inexpensive there. You park there for the whole day with 3€ only.
  • Lovely beauty spot! Well worth a trip. Lovely walk. The walk up the steps of the rocks can be a bit daunting ..
  • The Externsteine is a very distinctive sandstone rock formation. You can climb these rocks easily with the help of little bridges and stairs. The views of the surrounding landscapes are absolutely stunning.
  • Beautiful and impressive. But do choose a day that is NOT a bank holiday. It was filled with people.... and that does change the quality of the experience.
  • This site is so great. Visit at summer and don't forget to go upstair at the top of the stone. The Park is also nice for a walk even cycling.