Drive to Idar-Oberstein and drive on the Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse
The Deutsche Edelsteinstra?e is with its lengthof about 50 km one of the smaller 'Ferienstra?en' in Germany. The centre of this road is the town Idar-Oberstein.
Today Idar-Oberstein is not only the 'Edelstein'metropole of Germany. It also is the centre of the european Gemstone industrie.
The landlord of Hotel Ke?ler-Meyer Cochem advised us:
Visit the Edelsteinschleiferei Erwin Hess in Kirschweiler' first.
After that go to the 'Diamant- und Edelstein-B?rse' with the German Gemstonemuseum. Here you can see different raw gemstones and how they look after they grind them.
If you want to visit a genuine gemstonemine, there is one in Algenroth.The Gemstonemine 'Steinkaulenberg'; It is the only Gemstonemine in Europe open to the public they say.(Guided tours in summer 9.00 - 17.00 hours).
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!