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    The Kur Park / Spa Park

    by MikeAtSea Written May 23, 2011

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    Gerolstein with its riches in mineral water is also a Spa and right in the heart of the city one can find the green oasis of the spa park. Here one can find the mineral water fountain, walk ways around the River Kyll. In the far corner water features are now somewhat dilapidated yet it is still a stunning place to relax particularly on a nice warm day.

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    The old Water Tower

    by MikeAtSea Written May 23, 2011

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    This huge 400 year old tower of 19 meters used to supply the Lions Castle above with water. It was reconstructed in 2010. During the reconstruction workers discovered a water fountain which was built from sandstone and dates back to more then 400 years. It is one of the cultural monuments of the town.

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    The Railway Building

    by MikeAtSea Written May 23, 2011

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    The majestic railway building was built in 1870/1871. The entire building was created with red sandstone and the roof out of black slate. For long periods of time the railway building was an important center for military troop movements and hence during World War II the building was damaged by air raids in 1944/1945. However it has been completely reconstructed to its former glory.

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    Gerolstein Mineral Water

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    Gerolstein is home to one of the most important mineral water producers in Germany. The history of Gerolstein "Sprudel" or mineral water goes back to January 1, 1888 where the mine manager Wilhelm Castendyck founded the firm Gerolsteiner Sprudel. In the same year, the first well was drilled. In November 1888, the water became a sort of official water of the city and became popular because of its high amount of natural carbonic acid. In 1889 its star and lion symbol was trademarked. Already in 1895, the water had been exported to Australia. The mineral water was even exported to Buckingham Palace during the reign of Queen Victoria.

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    The Town Center

    by MikeAtSea Updated May 22, 2011

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    Gerolstein is home to a picturesque town center and shopping mile which runs from West to East right in the heart of the town. Lined along the shopping mile and pedestrian zone are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops and boutiques. The Western side is more modern where one can find the older parts on the Eastern side.

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    War Memorial

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    The war memorial is a monument made from sandstone with a soldier attached of basalt from the Eifel region. The monument is honouring the German soldiers that lost their lives during the 1st World War 1914 - 1919.

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    Eagles and Wolves Park - Aviary

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    The 20-acre park around the historic castle offers thick forests, lush meadows and various enclosures for birds of prey, wolves and other animals; and is an experience for the whole family.
    The open-air show with golden eagles, falcons, kites and vultures is shown on the big lawn in front of the Castle and is offered twice a day except on Mondays one show in the morning at 11 am and one in the afternoon at 3 pm; those times are only valid from March till October as there are only shows on weekends during the winter months.
    In the old walls of the courtyard of the 12th century castle visitors are invited to view an aviary where one can see eagles, kites, hawks, owls and vultures.

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    Eagles and Wolves Park - Wolves

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    The wolves canyon in the forest around the Kassel Castle is home to the larges wolves pack in Western Europe. The daily attraction is at 15:45 when those hungry wolves get fed. One can view this attraction from an elevated platform or even better pay EUR 10 at the entrance of the park and get a ticket to go inside the enclosure for pictures without the fence - a stunning experience!

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    Helenen Source

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    This rock offers fresh mineral water right from the source. It is an amazing fest to enjoy calcium and magnesium enriched mineral water with volcanic carbonation. The water is not of volcanic origin however it is enriched with the plenty minerals that the soil contains.

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    Redeemer Church

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    The Redeemer Church or Erloeserkirche was build and presented to the city for the 100th anniversary of the Berlin Church Building Society and was created as present for Emperor Willhelm II. The church was created as with the arrival of the Prussians also Protestantism arrived to the mainly Catholic region. The church was built in new-romantic style and the interior is set with gold and blue mosaics and quiet spectacular for any visitor.

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    Nikodemus Cross

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    Right next to the old town one can find the Nikodemus Cross, one of the most valuable historical items of Gerolstein. The parking lot right opposite the cross was the old market square where witches were burned in the time of 1580 to 1630.

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    Kasselburg

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    Kasselburg Castle, situated high up on a cliff top in the Eifel mountains, is un-doubted one of the most impressive castle ruins in Germany.
    The eight-story dwelling tower from the mid 14th century is unique. With its original steep roofs it must have made and even more towering impression.
    The remaining structural parts of the castle are more decayed, but the upper castle, with its Romanesque castle keep, residential buildings and chapel from the 14th century, does also convey a clear impression of the ambitions of the lords of Blankenheim.
    At the end of the 19th century, the Rhenish Railway Company had the great tower restored as an attraction for travelers on the line from Cologne to Trier.

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    Lions Castle

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    The ruins of the Lions Castle or Gerhardstein Castle tower high above the city. Originally built in the 12th century the castle was over 700 years the seat of the dukes of the region and served as protection of the Kyll Valley and its citizens below. Fire and bombs destroyed the castle and today the main castle is in ruins. The forward castle is in tact; however it is a private residence today.

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    The Old Town Hall

    by MikeAtSea Written May 22, 2011

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    This building in the old heart of the town of Gerolstein was built in 1710. Originally it was a residential property and only in 1890 it became the office and residence of the mayor of Gerolstein. Historical it had some wild times; in 1923 the building was stormed by separatists, in 1944 it was bombed and destroyed by allied bombs, in 1949 it was rebuilt, extended in 1979 and finally in 1987 the city government moved out to a bigger building. Today it is the natural museum with valuable founds of volcanology and archeology of the surrounding region.

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    Jewish Memorial

    by MikeAtSea Written May 21, 2011

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    Jewish Memorial

    In memory for the many Jews that were deported and exterminated who made a valuable part of the community of the town of Gerolstein prior to the Second World War the city has erected a memorial at the old town hall. In 1933 at the begin of the Nazi Regime 57 Jews lived in Gerolstein - by the end of the war in 1945 all were either deported or left. Several of the Gerolstein Jews including Lotte Levy and her mother Rosa, Ingeborg and Horst Mansbach were killed in the concentration camp Auschwitz.

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