Detmold Travel Guide

  • Hermanns Denkmal in the mist
    Hermanns Denkmal in the mist
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Detmold Things to Do

  • Acedemy of Music and the Palais gardens

    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...

  • The residence castle and gardens

    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...

  • Old town of Detmold

    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...

  • Westfalian open-air museum

    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...

  • Hermannsdenkmal/ Hermann Monument

    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...

  • The Lippe State Museum

    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...

  • Palace in Weser Renaissance style

    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...

  • Cultural city -video tour

    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...

  • Detmold Castle -video tour

    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...

  • Hermann Monument -video tour

    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...

  • Externsteine, rock pillars -video tour

    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,...

  • Birds of Prey Center -video tour

    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:...


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Detmold Restaurants

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    Restaurant Schlosswache I: Restaurant Schlosswache I

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    We found Restaurant Schlosswache by coincidence after strolling around Detmold Palace and its beautiful palace garden. Ended up at the pedestrian zone, and entered this warm-welcoming-cosy-classy-perfectly-goose-cooking restaurant. That was a great break from the cold. Restaurant's food is fantastic, has also special kids' menu. We've had goose stuffed with apple and marzipan. Amazing mix, then red cabbage, brussels sprouts, and dumplings.
    Also Wiener Schnitzel and fantastic crispy fries. Coffee, apple juice, soda, mineral water.
    That was back in 2007. When we passed by there the other year, restaurant sort of looked empty yet, moved away?

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Detmold Transportation

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    Public system

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    Tourist Information Detmold
    Rathaus am Markt
    Detmold, 32754
    ph: 01149-5231-977327

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Detmold Shopping

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    Street Market

    by buzzz Written Apr 11, 2005

    In the mornings in Detmold the Market Traders set up their stalls. You can buy all kinds of meat, fish, fruit and veg, plants and lots more.

    What to buy: The produce all looks good and fresh. I would not normally consider buying meat from a market where I live but it all looked good here. I bought some fruit and it was fresh and juicy.

    What to pay: Much cheaper than UK.

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Detmold Local Customs

  • Lippischer Pickert

    The “Picker” is a traditional dish in Westfalia. It’s a kind of thick pancake made of potatoes and yeast, either fried or baked. I had one in the restaurant “Im Weißen Roß” in the open-air museum, and it was one large “Pickert” that was about 2 cm thick. It was served with sugar beat syrup, butter and leberwurst. The “Pickert” was with raisins, but...

  • rummage sales

    On Saturday afternoons in Detmold on the bridge over the river people set up their tables of junk to sell. Like a garage or car boot sale but without the garage or car. It all adds to the nice atmosphere in the town.

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Detmold Off The Beaten Path

  • Weser river

    Some water of the Weser river leads through Detmold town like San Antonio river leads through San Antonio. There's a beauty of any river any where which is not to be denied. It's calm along a river, a calm that is peaceful and help to re-collect one's thoughts.

  • Martin Luther Church

    Entry of Martin Luther Church is newly re-built (thank to donors) for ppl with disability or wheelchair for helping them to have a less difficult access to the Detmold Schuelerst 14 Detmold, 32756

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Detmold Favorites

  • Horn

    Nearby to Detmold is a place called Horn where we stopped by this Cafe/Hotel for lunch. Very friendly staff who were patient with our attempts at making ourselves understood.

  • Friendly little Town

    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.

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