Idar-Oberstein (September 30, 2012)

We bought a book a few weeks ago called “Never a Dull Moment.” It’s a European travel guide that was recommended to us by a friend. It was compiled by military wives and has lots of useful information about TONS of places to visit in Europe. Charlie has been flipping through and finding places that sound interesting, and that’s how he chose our adventure for Sunday! We went with our new friends, Stu and Ekaterina, and their 7-month-old daughter Elena.

Idar-Oberstein (twin Medieval cities) was a little over an hour away. It’s a large town – much bigger than I was expecting. We parked in a parking garage, then walked across the street to a busy shopping area. We walked past several jewelry shops (Idar-Oberstein is the center of the gem cutting trade in Germany) and then found the path up to the Felsenkirche. Die Felsenkirche is a church built into the side of a mountain! We walked up some stairs and an uphill path to get to the church. It was completed in 1484. There was a small entrance fee, and then we walked around to explore. It was actually a pretty small church. After looking at the sanctuary, we walked upstairs and there was a really great lookout over the city. We could also see inside the bell tower.
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View from the church:
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Once we finished at the church, we kept walking (uphill of course!), we passed some old castle ruins, and then reached Oberstein Castle. After trying to have a conversation with the nice old man working there who only spoke German, he gave us a page that had instructions (in English!) for a self-guided tour. I think the castle was built in the 14th century, and served as a residence in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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Whew, it was a long walk back down to the town, but definitely easier than the walk up! We were all starving, and the town was busy, so it was easy to find a place to eat. We ate outside and I had the local specialty, pork spießbraten, which was basically a pork steak. Charlie had cordon bleu. After lunch – and an outfit change for Connor, whoops – we walked down a main street of the city lined with shops and restaurants. We just looked around, then turned around to head back to our cars. There were people everywhere – it seems like a popular tourist town, so we fit right in :). There was also a gemstone museum, but we didn’t have the energy for it!

The weather was beautiful all day! It was chilly when we first started walking, but the day warmed up, especially when we were in the sun. The sky was blue, and the leaves are starting to change colors. Connor did a great job during the whole adventure, but he was tired and fussy when we started our trip from home. He finally fell asleep with his buddy Sophie the Giraffe 🙂

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We were all EXHAUSTED when we got home – we had done a LOT of walking. We relaxed at home that evening, and Connor slept great at night! He slept from about 9:00pm until 8:45am! Of course he woke up a few times, but I think that’s the longest night he’s had overall!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Marilyn
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:11:56

    It looks absolutely beautiful…so glad you guys are able to take advantage of the good weather to get out and about.

    Reply

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