Hotel Kohl Garni
Am Steiger 19, Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55743, Germany
More about Idar-Oberstein
the spring of the church
Felsenkirche from the city
Travel Tips for Idar-Oberstein
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.
The history of the Kirner family dates back to the 15th century. The first link to a brewery is made in the 17th century when they opened the doors in the little village of Kirn. The beer became rather popular and ever since 1798 it´s even available on a large scale. Just try it, it´s good!
Idar-Oberstein is a city situated in Rheinland-Pfalz. The city actually used to be two different ones until 1933, when Idar, and Oberstein untited. It is situated by the Nahe river, and it's a valley area, which makes the view from the top of the hill quite beautiful to watch.
Idar-Oberstein is well known for they gem history, but of course there's much more to the city! I think this should be an ideal destination for a short trip, or for a daytrip if you're around the area.
The city holds great stories, has a really nice and relaxed atmosphere, and of course great shopping if you're looking to get a few semi-precious stones!
Our day trip to Idar-Oberstein
"Die Felsenkirche "Church in the Rock""
This is our first trip outside of the town we've moved to recently. We haven't been in Germany much longer than a month so this was a big step for us. Everything is new and a little intimidating.
We first went to the Church in the Rock and followed the trail up to the old castle ruin above and then went a little further to the new castle. What a hike! Wear good walking shoes. It was worth it, though.
To wander through the Felsenkirche "Church in the Rock" costs 1.50 euro/adults and 1euro/kids
Neues und Altes Schloss (new and old castle) ruins are free to explore. There is a restaurant inside a part of the new castle. We didn't eat there so I can't share any info. on that. There is a bathroom downstairs-that came in handy for us. There is currently construction being done on the new castle.
Next to the new castle is a souvenir shop. I thought the prices were very good, especially after pricing them at other places we went to later in the day.
"Edelsteinminen im Steinkaulenberg"
We also went on a tour through the gem mines. It was great. We all got to wear hard hats and they took a picture of the whole group of us who went in for the tour. I bought it later for 5 euro. The kids had fun even though the tour guide spoke in German and they couldn't have understood much of what he said. I know I didn't. It was fun anyway.
The mine tour costs 4 euro/adults and 2.50 euro/kids.
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