Ringhotel Detmolder Hof

Lagesche Str. 19, Detmold 32756
Detmolder Hof
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Friendly little Town

by buzzz

I visited Detmold because my daughter and her husband and baby are living there. He is in the army and the estate where they live is known locally as "Klien London" The town is a ten minute walk from their house and we spent a couple of pleasant afternoons there having lunch and shopping.

Pre-historic sacrificial stone altars

by ettiewyn

These very special stones were probably used by Germanic tribes to sacrifice animals to their gods in ancient times. Their surfaces have many wholes, grooves and patterns that nobody can explain. What they were used for is a big riddle of history.
Some people believe in a connection to the Externsteine, in leylines or energy fields, others think that this is mere nonsense. Whatever you believe in or not - the stones are sure to have an important meaning to the people of pre-historic times, whatever this meaning may have been.

From Detmold, go along the Hornsche Straße that becomes the Detmolder Straße. Turn left into Maßbruchweg and shortly after turn right to stay on it, until it becomes the Leistruper-Wald-Straße. Leave your car at the car park of the Café Berghof Stork and follow the little way that starts behind the café. The stones are in the east and south of the forest.

Freiligrath's Birthhouse

by ettiewyn

The German poet and writer Ferdinand Freiligrath was born in Detmold in 1810. He is one of the most important poets of the tendency of Vormärz (Pre-March). Being a liberal intellectual and supporting the German revolution in 1848, he had to go into exile and lived in London for seventeen years. His most famous poems are the six poems of the cycle "Ça ira". He was also a free-mason.

You can see Freiligrath's birthhouse in the street "Unter der Wehme".

Bad Meinberg

by ettiewyn

Bad Meinberg is a town near Detmold, about 15 minutes drive from Detmold. It is a twin town together with Horn (called Horn-Bad Meinberg), but Bad Meinberg is definately the more interesting part. It is a spa town and has a beautiful, big park which was created in 1770. It lies immediately next to the city center and has got two spa buildings, a lake with a fountain, long walking tracks through meadows and forests (the Silvatikum) and many places to rest and enjoy. The city centre itself has some nice cafés and shops.

An old residence and garrison town of..

by Maria250

"..former principality of Lippe-Detmold"

The Matter Of History (Anselm Kiefer, German artist)

check: http://www.monumenta.com/2007/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=9&lang=en

From Germania to Germany..Like any nation seeking to construct a national identity on the basis of a shared history, Germany turned to historical motifs to federate its people..the distinctive iconography of a country constantly searching for a sense of identity..

In the 19th century, as the Holy Roman Empire and the German Confederation moved towards unification, Germany strove to assert its historical and symbolic legitimacy as a nation state. Germany's identity as a coherent federation of peoples was traced back to the Hermannsschlacht or "Battle of Hermann" at which the Germanic tribes defeated the Romans in 9 AD.. Hermannschlacht – an early Germanic victory.

In the 1st century AD, Roman military might was seemingly invincible. Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar had conquered Gaul and extended Roman influence eastwards across the Rhine. Arminius (Hermann), the Germanic tribal chief of the Cherusci, was one of many Germanic auxiliaries in the pay of the Roman army. Returning to his home country circa 7 BC, he exploited the trust of the Roman governor Varus to plan a rebellion. The revolt finally took place in 9 AD, led by a vast alliance of Cherusci and other northern tribes. Three Roman legions (18,000 men) were decimated in the Teutoburg forest around the city of Detmold in northwest Germany, between the rivers Ems and Weser. The victory forced the Romans to re-establish their frontier on the Rhine, and halted the Latinisation of Germany for several centuries. Arminius was hailed by Tacitus as the 'liberator of Germania'.

The Hermannschlacht became part of Germany's national legend. Anselm Kiefer is particularly interested in the Cherusci revolt – a central pillar of the construct of German unity – and has often depicted the story in woodcuts, following a well-established German artistic tradition.


A monument to Arminius (the Hermannsdenkmal ) was erected in 1875, south of the city of Detmold – a tribute from the German nation state to its early liberator from foreign oppression. Hermann was, then, a central figure in the construction of the idea of German nationhood. Anselm Kiefer, exploring his own German identity in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a rich source of visual inspiration in this historical material..

The Matter Of History (Anselm Kiefer, German artist)

check: http://www.monumenta.com/2007/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=9&lang=en

Anselm Kiefer, whose own work explores German identity through its worst transgressions, and examines the nature of the new Germany, freed from the demons of its past, and its own misappropriated mythology. The task confronting Germany even today is that of reconstruction – the reconstruction of a symbolic national legend capable of repairing the irreparable.

The Matter Of History (Anselm Kiefer, German artist)

check: http://www.monumenta.com/2007/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=9&lang=en

Responding to modern history

Modern German history has proved an especially fertile source of material and ideas for Anselm Kiefer. His work confronts a range of burning issues, exploring a double quest for identity – his own, and that of his country..

As with the Hermannschlacht, Anselm Kiefer frequently punctuates his work with representations of emblematic figures from German history. The medieval mystic Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207-1282), the painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), the Austrian poet Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850), the writer Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868), the composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), the German poet Theodor Storm (1817-1888), the Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901), the painter Hans Thoma (1839-1924), the lyric poet Richard Dehmel (1863-1920), the writer Robert Musil (1880-1942), the Austrian novelist Josef Weinheber (1892-1945) and the artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) all appear more or less recognisably in Kiefer's work The Ways of Worldly Wisdom, constituting a pantheon of Germanic heroes – a pantheon tainted by the Nazis' appropriation of some of its most notable figures, hopeful of a chance to bask in their reflected glory. Kiefer's Ways of Worldly Wisdom and another work, Germany's Spiritual Heroes, address the fate of these cultural icons, so often used and abused..

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