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Idar Oberstein is one of the most beautiful cities in the Birkenfeld district of the Rhineland Palatinate state of Germany. Idar Oberstein has a population of only 30,000 residents, living on an area of almost 100 square kilometers. Idar Oberstein is considered to be a "grosse kreisangehorige stadt", meaning "large town from a district" and is a cultural hub of its district. It is located in the south of the Hunsruck Mountains, along the Nahe River. Famous residents of Idar Oberstein include manufacturer Jakob Bengel, politician Elke Ferner, painter Max Rupp, American actor Bruce Willis and writer Wolfgang Schorlau.
Top Attractions within Idar Oberstein
Felsenkirches is the landmark of Idar Oberstein. The Crag Church on its English name has a very interesting legend that draws a lot of tourists to town, just to see it. Apparently, two brothers fell in love with the same girl. They lived in a nearby castle and she in another. The brothers did not talked to each other about their feelings and when one of them married the girl, the other killed him. As a sign of remorse, he built the church on the exact place where his brother died. When the building was finished, a spring appeared in the church, as a sign of forgiveness.
Burg Stein, Bosselstein or Altes Schloss are the names given to the Old Palatial Castle of Idar Oberstein. It was first mentioned in 1197 and in the 15th century became an important part of the fortification of Idar Oberstein. In present, this is a ruin, but still attracts a lot of tourists who are curious to admire it.
Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum or the German Gemstone Museum is one of the most important museums of Idar Oberstein. It has a large collection of gemstones and is specialized in minerals. Visit it, not only to see the most beautiful rocks of Idar Oberstein, but also to find more about the places where these were found.