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Attractions in Idar-Oberstein

The "Felsenkirche" church (church in the rocks) is one of Idar-Oberstein's most popular tourist attractions. Legend has it that it was penance after the Knight of the Upper Rock had murdered his brother that prompted the construction of the unique Felsenkirche in the period from 1482 to 1484.

Once the precious stones had been mined, they were subjected to traditional processing. In the historical Weiherschleife of 1634, the last waterwheel-driven grinding machine on the Idarbach, the  grinders demonstrate how gemstones were processed in past centuries.

In the Jakob Bengel chain and costume jewellery factory visitors are taken back to the times when the company produced mechanically, from 1870 to 1990. The machines are in operation, reproducing the method of working and the technical procedures.

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DEM (Foto: Deutsche Edelsteinmuseum, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum | Idar-Oberstein

One of a kind worldwide and "a must" for lovers of precious objects: The German Gemstone Museum presents all kinds of rough and worked...

Schloß Oberstein (Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Schloss Oberstein | Idar-Oberstein

The Lords of Daun-Oberstein Castle is strikingly situated on a rocky spur above the Nahe River. Together with Bosselstein Castle and the...

Felsenkirche (Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Felsenkirche | Idar-Oberstein

The famous landmark of the city, the medieval church (built 1482 - 1484), which is visible from afar, towers over Idar-Oberstein in an exposed...

Gebäude (Foto: Industriedenkmal Jakob Bengel, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Industriedenkmal Jakob Bengel | Idar-Oberstein

In this factory, which was founded in 1870, you will immediately feel like you have been transported back to times long gone and find yourself in...

Mine 1 (Foto: Edelsteinminen im Steinkaulenberg, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Edelsteinminen im Steinkaulenberg | Idar-Oberstein

Let the brilliance of the gemstones enchant you on a visit to the only gemstone mines in Europe open for viewing, the gemstone mines in the...

Weiherschleife (Foto: Edelsteinminen GmbH, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Historische Weiherschleife | Idar-Oberstein

The last waterwheel-driven gemstone grinding mill on the Idarbach River entertains its visitors with a gemstone exhibition, a multimedia show, a...

Aussenansicht (Foto: Wolfgang Kley, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Deutsches Mineralienmuseum | Idar-Oberstein

The German Mineral Museum enthuses visitors from all over the world, above all with the smallest cameos in the world, a crystal hall that is...

Edelstein-Erlebniswelt (Foto: Edelstein-Erlebniswelt, Quelle: Tourist-Information EdelSteinLand)

Edelstein-Erlebniswelt | Idar-Oberstein

In a Europe-wide unique and imaginatively designed exhibition landscape, precious gemstones and minerals can not only be viewed, but also...