Hosser's Hotel & Restaurant
Weierbacher Str 70, Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55743, Germany
More about Idar-Oberstein
The father of the two brothers
View of the city from the Felsenkirche
Our family going mining for gems
"left", "no, other side", "what are you doing!"
Travel Tips for Idar-Oberstein
Talk to someone who knows ...
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.
A real gem!
The production of gem stones, in Idar-Oberstein goes back to the middle ages. Records show that agate was mined from 1454. It was, however, in the 19th century, when adventurers went to South America (Brazil, in particular) and harvested stones to send home, when the industry took off.
There are no gems left in the local mines but Idar-Oberstein is still a major gem sutting / jewellery manufacturing centre. It is also the only place in Europe to have a combined diamond & gemstone exchange.
The streets are simply lined with shops selling gems, jewelleryetc...
Idar-Oberstein used to be the gem capital of Germany there lot of the places where you can still buy those stones. One place we checked out here is the church that was in the side of the mountain. We came here on a sunday and almost everything is closed so if you going to do some sightseeing remember that sunday is the rest day.
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