Idar-Oberstein Travel Guide

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Idar-Oberstein Things to Do

  • The guest books here are.... made of...

    Idar-Oberstein and its surroundings is devoted to gemstones. This is obvious everywhere. Hotels have gemstone names, like “Achat Hotel” (Agate Hotel), the roads have gemstone names, gemstones are part of sculptures and other decorations and.... the guestbook for VIP visitors, which is usually called “Golden Book” and is locatied in the city hall,...

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  • Amazing rock church of Idar Oberstein

    I have to be honest: I have not been inside recently, but from my childhood days I know that this is an amazing church and is well worth to visit, however it is strenuous to reach its location high up in the rocks.During the days in August 2011, when I took Kate to Idar-Oberstein, I also wanted to show her the church because I knew she would love...

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  • Exciting insights into stone cutters’...

    In addition to the gemstone museum (Deutsches Edelstein Museum) I highly recommend to visit the so-called Historische Weiherschleife, historic agate mill, located just 2 km northwest of town, in the valley of Idarbach (the river). This is a former grinding mill which was in operation until 1945. The city council has decided to restore it and in...

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  • The fascinating power of mother Earth

    With its long history in gemstone mining and cutting, it was only natural that this museum had to be set up in Idar-Oberstein at a point in time. Located in a beautiful old villa, on three floors a marvellous array of gemstones of all kinds is displayed. I have been to some gemstone museums up to now and with the knowledge I learnt at university...

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  • Felsenkirche- the legend

    Above the Felsenkirche you can see a small castle (Burg Bosselstein), and it is said that in the mid 11th century two brothers lived in this castle. The older one was Wyrich, and the younger Emich. These two brothers fell in love with the same woman, named Bertha, but at the same time they didn't know how the other one felt about her. One night,...

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  • Felsenkirche

    The Felsenkirche is one of the main views of the town. It stands 60 meter above the city, and it was built in the mountain itself, in fact the entrance of the church is nowadays a tunnel that pretty much will remind anyone of a cave!There is a lot to say about this church. It was built to it's actual status in the late 13th century, and even though...

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  • Shop shop shop!

    The best thing to do is to buy some very nice jewellery... better still to get somebody else to buy some very nice jewlerry for you!If you come away from here not knowing your amethyst from your emerald... you were walking around with your eyes closed and your brain switched off!!!

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  • Felsenkirche

    In the rock face is the wonderful 15th century Felsenkirche. It is said to have been built by a knight in atonement for the murder of his brother.It can be reached via 200 odd steps.

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  • The Castle On the Hill

    Schloss Oberstein stands on the hill above the Felsen Kirche. Originally built in 1320 it was undergoing renovation when I was last there in 1998 (Boy I need to go back down that way :) You can see the crane in the picture. Its a long walk up the the Schloss but well worth seeing. I havent made it because it was closed when I was there. Another...

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  • The Chuch in the Hill

    Die Felsen Kirche is a unique sight. The story goes that the two brothers who lived in the burg (castle) above the town of Idar Oberstein were in love with the same woman. One of the brothers killed the other one by throwing him out of the burg's window keep him from the woman. She apparently wasnt a great as he thought and built the church in the...

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  • See the world's greatest gemstones!

    Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum A great collection of all kinds of gemstones and half gemstones. The most beautiful and expensive stones and since I am a collector of minerals and gemstones a must see for me.Opening Hours:From 01.05. to 31.10. daily 09.00 - 18.00 hrs.From 01.11. to 30.04. daily 09.00 - 17.00 hrs. Entrance feesAdults ? 4,20 Children 6-14...

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  • Europes oldest, for everyone to see...

    Edelsteinmine "Steinkaulenberg" A guided tour in the mine along various places where agat and other gemstones are between Opening Hours15.03. - 15.11., daily 09.00 - 17.00 hrs.16.11. - 15.12.Mon to Thu 09.00 - 16.00 hrs.Fri 09.00 - 12.00 hrs. Entrance feesAdults ? 4,00 Children (6-15 Jahre) ? 2,50

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Idar-Oberstein Hotels

  • City Hotel

    Otto-Decker-Str.15, Idar-Oberstein, 55743, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • The Ciar Hotel

    Mainzer Str. 34, Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55743, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Diamant hotel- Handelshof

    Tiefensteiner Strasse 235, Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, 55743, Germany

    Good for: Solo

Idar-Oberstein Restaurants

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    by Trekki Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    Next to the historical mill is a restaurant. When we were here in August 2011 we decided that we were in desperate need of a coffee and seated down in the cosy outside area. Then we saw that they also had warm Apfelstrudel with vanilla ice-cream and of course we could not resist. We enjoyed both, coffee and sweets and could continue our visit.

    Their menu looked inviting too. But we couldn’t eat more. I will definitely eat again here when I am in Idar-Oberstein next time. The prices were reasonable: ciabatta with cold cuts, bruschetta or cheese for approx. 4 Euro, pasta dishes approx. 8 Euro, soups 3,70 Euro, snacks approx. 5 Euro, big steaks with side orders 14 Euro and other warm meals less than 10 Euro.
    For our cappuchino we paid 2,20 Euro each and the Apfelstrudel was 3,80 Euro.

    The restaurant is open daily from 10:00 in the morning, warm dishes are being served throughout the whole time. No day of rest.

    Location of Restaurant Zur Weiherschleife on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2012.

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Idar-Oberstein Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • How to reach Idar-Oberstein

    Idar-Oberstein is in easy reach from the major centres like Saarbrücken (Saarland), Frankfurt/Main, Koblenz and Köln (Cologne).By car:Although no motorway/expressway leads to Idar-Oberstein, it is maximum 50 km away from the surrounding motorways:A61 from Ludwigshafen – Alzey – Bingen – Koblenz – Köln: exit at Rheinböllen and drive on B41/B421...

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Idar-Oberstein Local Customs

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    by Jerelis Written Nov 7, 2006

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For us the travel tips we have written in this section made the most of our travel experience and we came home in the same happy, healthy state that we left.

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Idar-Oberstein Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Idar-Oberstein What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Updated Apr 27, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Idar-Oberstein Favorites

  • Kirner Pils.

    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...

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  • It's a real gem!

    Drive to Idar-Oberstein and drive on the Deutsche EdelsteinstrasseThe 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...

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