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    Acedemy of Music and the Palais gardens

    by himalia11 Written Feb 19, 2012
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    The main building of Acedemy of Music is the former “Neuer Palais” (New Palace), and old building from 1718 that served as residence of the princely widows. Behind this building is a very nice garden, the “Palaisgarten”. It was constructed in a baroque style and later was extended and redesigned. You there find several nice fountains and small lakes, like the “dolphin fountain”, the “frog fountain” or the “swan pond”. It’s a great place to relax – and especially nice if some people of the music adademy are practicing and you can hear their music!

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    The residence castle and gardens

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    The Princely Residence Castle (Fürstliches Residenzschloß) first was a moat castle and then got reconstructed in the 16th century into a castle of Weser Renaissance style. Its tower is the landmark of Detmold.
    There are guided tours through the castle every hour except at 13:00. They are in German, but you can get the text in English, French and Dutch. In the castle there are also exhibitions of porcelain and hunting weapons.
    The castle gardens in front of the castle is not that interesting, just a small park with meadow and tress. But the lake behind the castle is nice.

    Open daily from 10:00 to 16:00 (to 17:00 from April to October). Admission: adults 4 €, children 2 €.

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    Old town of Detmold

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    In Detmold you’ll find many nice half-timbered houses - not only in the open-air museum! If you walk through the streets near the market place (for example the street “Krumme Gasse”), you can find lots of them. Usually there are also interesting sayings on the houses.
    At the market place, you find the market church, which is the only medieval building besides the castle tower that has survived the great fire in 1547. And in the middle of the square is the “fairy tale fountain”, also called “Donop fountain” as it was donated by the Donop family.

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    Westfalian open-air museum

    by himalia11 Updated Feb 19, 2012
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    The open-air museum in Detmold is really an impressive one, with many old houses that you can visit. In one building you even were allowed to touch everything and you could test how to lie in an old bed. The open-air museum is very large, the grounds are 90ha with over 100 buildings, so you should plan to spend quite some time there! I’m sure we’ve missed some houses, but I couldn’t walk anymore! After you’ve visited some of the farm buildings, you’ll find what that these Westfalian houses always follow the same scheme: they have a large door (very typical for these houses), when you get in you find the boxes for the animals to your left and right, if you continue you walk towards a fireplace and behind in the back of the building are the living quarters. Even small houses were built like this. When you walk through the towns in that region you’ll find such houses everywhere, not only in small villages, as everyone used to do some kind of farming. I found it really interesting, in the region where I live the half-timbered houses look different!

    Besides farm buildings, there’s a pottery, a school, an old shop, nice kitchen gardens, a watermill and also two windmills that you can go inside and have a look at how they are working. The windmills may not always be open. Then there’s a bakery where you can buy fresh baked cakes and other things (unfortunately it was closed around noon). There are some places where you can have lunch, we went to the restaurant “Im Weißen Roß”. Of course it’s in an old building as well, very cosy, and you can get typical food of Westfalia here.

    Open from April to October, Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 9:00 to 18:00.
    Admission: adults 7€, children 2 €
    There’s a free car park.

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    Hermannsdenkmal/ Hermann Monument

    by himalia11 Written Feb 19, 2012
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    A bit outside of Detmold on the Grotenburg hill you find this large monument of Hermann the Cheruscian, who is also called Arminius. He had lived 2000 years ago and defeated the Romans in the Varus battle (Varian disaster/ Battle of the Teutoburg Forest). He destroyed three Roman legions and in the years afterwards, the Romans stopped their attempts to make this region a part of their empire.
    The monument was built in the 19th century, a time where Arminius was regarded as a liberator and unifier of Germania. Germany was split into lots of small states during that time, it had lost several fights against the French, and many people wished a unified national state.
    The monument is 53m high and you can climb up to the visitors platform. Admission for this is 1,50 € (adults)/ 1,€ (children). There’s a ticket machine at the monument, or you can get at the visitors centre that is a few minutes away.

    Car parking at the visitor centre costs 2 €. There’s a small free car park just shortly before, less then a 10-minutes-walk from the other car park. Instead, we did park at the car park “Heidenpark”, from where it’s about 45 minutes up the hill to the monument. It’s not that well signposted, but if you just walk up you’ll find it!

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    The Lippe State Museum

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    A nice museum right around the Detmold Palace at the banks of the Weser river. Now additional two half-timbered houses from the 18th century, accommodate the six departments of the national museum. The museum was again enlarged in January 1997. The battle in the Teutoburg Forest took place in 9 a.c. In 2009 Detmold celebrated the 2000th anniversary with several events and especially with an outstanding exhibtion with impressive exhibits from prestigious international museums. The Lippe State Museum used the chance to keep the exhibits and created an appealing special exhibition.

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    Palace in Weser Renaissance style

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    It's a great walk around Detmold's palace and its palace garden even in winter, then when the days are typical German and grey. But what exactly is Weser Renaissance? Weser Renaissance is a term that can can be misleading as it might suggest a separate regional variant of the Renaissance style. Actually, the Renaissance buildings in the Weser region are evidence of the connections that existed throughout Europe at that time, and which made it possible for the architecture and the ideas of the Renaissance to spread from Italy to the countries north of the Alps. Today, no other region in Germany has as many Renaissance buildings as can be found along the Weser Renaissance Route.

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    Cultural city -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Feb 7, 2011

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    Detmold is better known as the city of culture in the Teutoburg Forest.

    More than 600 historic buildings adorn the city. Small half-timbered houses alternate with proud plastered buildings.

    Detmold is the city of culture for everyone. The Regional Theatre Detmold, the Highschool for Music and the Summer Theatre offer a broad spectrum of performances ranging from classic to modern.

    A varied programme of open-air events in a historic ambience, such as the Summer Stage and the International Street Theatre Festival, cabaret and more, has secured Detmold's reputation as a cultural centre.

    The Literature Office OWL, numerous museums, schools, colleges and the Lippe State Library all contribute to a fertile cultural climate.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxYeBgYsWso

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    Detmold Castle -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    The princely residence castle is located in the center of the town park of Detmold.

    Originally this building was more of a fortress than the beautiful castle you can admire today.

    All through the Middle Ages the fortress was expanded but only as recently as in the 18th century the former fortress was renovated according to Baroque style and with this turned into a luxurious castle.

    You can visit part of the Renaissance castle daily by means of a guided tour.

    Marvel at the various state rooms and halls, which mainly date from the 18th and 19th centuries, although there are older items such as the Brussels tapestries from the 17th century on display.

    Dr. Armin Prinz zur Lippe still lives in the castle; he is related to the Dutch royal family.

    Filming in the courtyard (and inside the castle) is not allowed, so I was told after I finished filming.

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    Hermann Monument -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Written Feb 6, 2011

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    The Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann Monument) is 53,46m high and on top, you have a spectacular view of the area. The statue is situated in Teutoburg Forest.

    It can be seen from many different points of the county, looming above the land from its high point on the densely forested and 386m tall mountain Teutberg.

    The Hermannsdenkmal depicts Hermann (Arminius in Latin), who defeated the Romans in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9 A.D., thus driving them out of the land. This is why the figure crushes the Roman Eagle under its foot.

    Construction was started in 1841, but not completed until 1875 with the help of substantial funds from the state of Prussia.

    It was built according to plans by the sculptor Ernst von Bandel, who devoted his whole life to it. During construction he lived in a small hut a short distance from the statue (Bandel-Hütte) that can still be visit today.

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    Externsteine, rock pillars -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    Externsteine is a distinctive rock formation located in Teutoburg Forest. It is a natural outcropping of five sandstone pillars, the tallest of which is 37.5m high.

    They form a wall of several hundred metres in length, in a region that is otherwise largely devoid of rocks.

    The geological formation consists of a hard, erosion-resistant sandstone, laid down during the early Cretaceous era about 120 million years ago, near the edge of a large shallow sea that covered large parts of Northern Europe at the time.

    The pillars have been modified and decorated by humans over the centuries in a variety of fascinating and mysterious ways: holes were drilled for no apparent reason; stairs lead to dead ends; platforms serve no clear purpose.

    An undeniably mysterious and magical place, Externsteine is thought to have been a pagan cultic center until Charlemagne abolished Saxon paganism in 782 AD. It was then used by Christian hermits throughout the Middle Ages.

    At the top of the tallest stone is a chamber, now open. Formerly used for sacrifices, little decoration remains apart from one wall with a circular hole cut into it. Studies have shown that this is some form of calendar. On the exact day each year when summer turns to winter, the sun shines exactly onto this hole.

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    Birds of Prey Center -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Written Feb 6, 2011

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    Adlerwarte Berlebeck is Europe's biggest and oldest birds of prey center (founded in 1939). It is situated in the middle of the Teutoburg Forest.

    There are many birds of prey to look at, but the main attraction is the free flight presentation.

    There is also a shop, cafe and an interactive museum.

    VIDEO of my visit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQslquRqmz0

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