The rain has reached the coast. For us the sign to turn south.
We drive along the “Lüneburger Heide“ to the „Teutoburger Wald“. Unfortunately it rains most of the time.
Since quite a while the „Extern-Steine“ are on our bucket list. It is a distinctive rock formation located in the Teutoburg Forest.
The rocks got the current form through the „Wollsackverwitterung“. To my geologist friends: Does this mean anything to you? I couldn’t find a translation…
It is identified as a sacred site of the Saxons. A large relief is hewn in the outside showing a station of the cross.
There are several grottos inside the rock pillars. The stairs exist at least since the 17th century. But under these rainy conditions I don’t want to climb up. We have to come back when the weather is nice.
A dragon guards this place.
Only a few kilometers away is the colossal statue of Hermann, the Cherusci. The monument commemorates the battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which the Germanic warriors under Arminius (Hermann) defeated three Roman legions under Varus in 9 AD. It is one of the few dates I remember from my history lessons at school…
The best picture I can shoot is from the poster in the info center.