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The Externsteine

The Externsteine are a distinctive rock formation located in the Teutoburger Wald region of northwestern Germany, not far from the city of Detmold at Horn-Bad Meinberg. The formation consists of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. The name probably means "stones of the Egge".

Externsteine is a natural outcropping of five sandstone pillars, the tallest of which is 37.5 meters high and form a wall of several hundred meters length, in a region that is otherwise largely devoid of rocks. The pillars have been modified and decorated by humans over the centuries. The geological formation consists of a hard, erosion-resistant sandstone, laid down during the early Cretaceous era about 120 million years ago, near the edge of a large shallow sea that covered large parts of Northern Europe at the time.

It´s not really known if and for what the rocks were used by the people over the course of history. Some even think the Externsteine are a source of spiritual power. Although I´m not a superstitious person I could feel the power of this place and could sense that the rocks must have made quite an impression on people from Stone Age to present times.

There is really something magic in that place, when you are in that area you should visit it and bring a camera (and maybe the black and white film I left home)

written by zark


  1. panelomo



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  2. mephisto19


    da war ich als kind und möchte UNBEDINGT mal wieder hin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. mephisto19


    oh... und da wurde doch dieser eine seltsame pro7 oder rtl-film mit irgendwelchen schätzen der blabla gedreht

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  4. coca


    Amazing place!!!

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  5. vicuna


    waow! impressing place and love your shots! :)

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  6. eyecon


    Ich war da auch mal als mein Opa auf Kur war! Da folgen ja dann wahrscheinlich noch Bilder vom Hermansdenkmal, oder? :)

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  7. stouf


    Magnificent ! Your last sentence made me smile, but no regrets, your colour shots are stunning ! N°2 is perfect !

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  8. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-


    I can feel the power

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  9. sugiyamasatomi


    wow, what a nice gallery! great job!

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  10. day3hugger


    nice place!! i wanna go there now!!

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  11. rater


    Wooo, great place!

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  12. roland


    da muss ich auch mal wieder hin :)

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  13. allanbendiksen


    Love that place, have ti come back.

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