"Our day trip to Idar-Oberstein" Idar-Oberstein by MJCKPIERCE
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This is our first trip outside of the town we've moved to recently. We haven't been in Germany much longer than a month so this was a big step for us. Everything is new and a little intimidating.
We first went to the Church in the Rock and followed the trail up to the old castle ruin above and then went a little further to the new castle. What a hike! Wear good walking shoes. It was worth it, though.
To wander through the Felsenkirche "Church in the Rock" costs 1.50 euro/adults and 1euro/kids
Neues und Altes Schloss (new and old castle) ruins are free to explore. There is a restaurant inside a part of the new castle. We didn't eat there so I can't share any info. on that. There is a bathroom downstairs-that came in handy for us. There is currently construction being done on the new castle.
Next to the new castle is a souvenir shop. I thought the prices were very good, especially after pricing them at other places we went to later in the day.
We also went on a tour through the gem mines. It was great. We all got to wear hard hats and they took a picture of the whole group of us who went in for the tour. I bought it later for 5 euro. The kids had fun even though the tour guide spoke in German and they couldn't have understood much of what he said. I know I didn't. It was fun anyway.
The mine tour costs 4 euro/adults and 2.50 euro/kids.
- Pros:Beautiful views. Friendly people.
- Cons:Aching feet.
- In a nutshell:A great day trip!
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