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The Teutoburg Forest boasts hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails that lead hikers by bizarre rock formations and cliffs, majestic fortresses and castles, and idyllic towns and villages.
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Discover Teutoburg Forest

July 31, 2012

The Teutoburg Forest boasts hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails that lead hikers by bizarre rock formations and cliffs, majestic fortresses and castles, and idyllic towns and villages.

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A series of hiking trails cover the unusual Externsteine rock formation
A series of hiking trails cover the unusual Externsteine rock formationImage: DW / Nelioubin

Some 2,000 years ago, a group of German tribes defeated Roman legions — a memory that's immortalized by the Hermann monument.

Our journey begins in the picturesque city of Detmold. Just southwest of the city, the 53-meter Hermann monument pays tribute to a group of Germanic tribes who defeated Roman legions some 2,000 years ago.

Other popular tourist destinations include the Externsteine, a rock formation not far from the monument, and the spa town of Bad Iburg in the Teutoburg Forest. Apart from its famous spas, Bad Iburg also features a stunning castle complex and former monastery.

City hall in Osabrück
Treaties signed here brought peace in 1648Image: Presse

After that, we move on to Osnabrück, a university town with a historic city hall that was the site of the Peace of Westphalia - the treaties that brought the Thirty Years' War to an end.

Toscho Todorovic, a blues musician from Osnabrück, shows us around the Old Town, takes us to the Felix Nussbaum Museum and the Lagerhalle venue, which is popular with fans of the Blues.

The Teutoburg Forest: from Detmold through Bad Iburg all the Way to Osnabrück


Editor: Kate Bowen

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