"Neandertal - home of the famous stone age man" Neandertal by ettiewyn
Neandertal Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 18 photos
An afternoon in Neandertal was another of those short trips my dad took me on. He is very interested in the stone age, and if he asks me I always accompagny him to stone age-related destinations, although it is not my personally favourite period.
Neandertal was a destination I really enjoyed. On the one hand I really liked the Neanderthal Museum, on the other hand the valley is very pleasant and I enjoyed a walk in the forest to enjoy the beautiful nature.
Neanderthal is an old speeling of the name, the town now officially is named Neandertal without "h", but the museum uses the old name in relation to the name of the species: Homo neanderthalensis.
In the main picture you see a statue greeting you at the entrance of the museum. It is a correct reconstruction of what the Neanderthal Man looked like, based on genetic evidence.
The Neandertal (Neander Valley) is a valley near Düsseldorf in Northrhine Westphalia. It was once even more beautiful and a favourite destination of artists in the 19th century, but then most of it was destroyed for chalk mining. During the process of mining, the bones of an ancient man were found - and it turned out that they had found an extinct human race, the homo neanderthalensis.
The Neanderthal people lived about 120,000 to 30,000 years ago. They were relatives of Homo Sapiens, but a distinct species. The discovery soon became world famous, and it was especially important because it gave new support to Darwin's theory.
I am not writing more about it because I simply are not knowledgeable enough, but there are of course a lot of books and websites dedicated to the topic!
- Pros:A great museum and a beautiful forest, close to Düsseldorf and the Ruhr Area
- Cons:Besides those two things it is very sleepy
- In a nutshell:Worth a short trip if you want to learn about the stone age!
The Neanderthal Museum does not only deal with the discovery of the Neanderthal Man, but with the history of humankind... more travel advice
Opposite the museum, on the other side of the street behind the carpark, is the start of a nice walking track. It leads... more travel advice
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