Externsteine, Horn-Bad Meinberg

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Admire nature's artwork at Externsteine, a sandstone formation of tall rock columns in the wooded hills of Lippe. These rocks were once used for religious activity; look for the open chamber in the tallest rock, which contains an altar stone. You can climb some of the formations, but others are blocked off to protect the vegetation. Stop at the visitor's center for detailed information on the attraction's history. For Externsteine and beyond, use our Horn-Bad Meinberg journey planner to get the most from your Horn-Bad Meinberg vacation.
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  • With the whole family here. Was very worthwhile. Our boys are going directly to climb. The view above is fantastic. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The visitor centre is also interesting. Very worthwhile. Only, take cash with us, our bank cards did not work.
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  • Those who love (nature) photography can get their hearts here; It is definitely worth the visit. From the parking lot (3 euro) It is not far walking (about 500m) on wide walking paths; This striking formation lies in a beautiful environment with many hiking possibilities and beautiful nature. Unfortunately it was cloudy during our visit and the light did not work to shoot unique pictures. Certainly a recommendation and a surprising natural phenomenon.
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  • This is an interesting place to visit. It is quite a wonder, these large rocks jutting vertically out of the Earth right in the middle the beautiful rolling hills of the country. If you are able, climb the steps to the top and enjoy the view and the upper level with the round window and wall markings.
  • The view was breathtaking. It is so peaceful. Though to climb up the rocks you should pay €4 per entry. Perfect for an evening picnic or a morning hike. There are various routes to explore the hilly forests surrounding it. It is quite crowded on Saturday.
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