Germany Trip Plan:
Visit the Teutoburg Forest, where the Romans lost their battle!

Germany trip plan: Visit the Teutoburg Forest, where the Romans lost their battle!
Münsterland vom Teutoburger Wald
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This natural preserve TERRA.vita includes the Osnabrück County, Wiehe Mountains and North Teutoburg forest. It is part of the European Geopark Network and the worldwide UNESCO Geoparks, which features much diversified landscapes. Discover different epochs and phenomenon from 300 million years of geology. Follow dinosaur tracks, visit Porta Westfalica, learn about the legendary Varus battle and enjoy historical towns and castles.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $1006 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $400 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1976 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2626 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Moated Castle Schelenburg

Day 1: Moated Castle Schelenburg
Castle with restaurant entrance
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Arrive at your holiday apartment in Bissendorf/Schledehausen in the state of Lower Saxony. Explore the village with its remarkable churches, do some shopping or visit the Schelenburg, which is a moated castle from the 11th century. The oldest part is the Gothic defense tower with its 2.5 meters thick walls which rest on oak piles. In the middle ages it was completely surrounded by a moat and even today you can still see intact parts of it. Here you can also enjoy your first dinner in style. The main restaurant is located in the former kitchen of the castle from where you also have access to the picturesque terrace at the moat. The great hall is located in the defense tower and hosts bigger groups on special events.


Day 2: Osnabrück

Day 2: Osnabrück
Heger Tor, formerly called Waterloo Tor, a memorial to Elector Georg's 'German' Legion in Osnabrück
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A day in the city of the Peace of Westphalia, Osnabrück! It is the third largest city in Lower Saxony and the cultural center of the western part of Lower Saxony. The history of Osnabrück began in 780, when the Emperor Charlemagne founded a mission on the banks of the river Hase. Osnabrück developed, as a member of the Hanseatic League from 1412 to 1669, into a cultural and commercial center open to the world. The long, rich history of Osnabrück is apparent on every corner, with the remains of the old city wall and its watch towers, the castle dating from the 17th century and the town hall where the Peace of Westphalia was declared in 1648, bringing an end to the Thirty Years' War. The historical old quarter of the city is particularly well preserved, with narrow winding alleys and old half timbered houses that continue to lend it medieval charm right up to the present day. If you still have time visit the Botanical Garden, maintained by the University of Osnabrück. It is located at Albrechtstraße 29, stretches on an area of 8.6 hectares and contains plants from the Mediterranean region, North America, Japan and China as well as collections of alpine plants of the Swabian Alps, medicinal plants, ferns, and heather. In addition the Botanical Garden contains several greenhouses including a rainforest house.


Day 3: Bad Essen

Day 3: Bad Essen
Castle Hünnefeld with a castle museum
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The lovely village Bad Essen at the German Framework Road and the Castle Ippenburg are nearby and you will enjoy spending a day here. The historic center of the village with a church square, half timbered houses, the old Water Mill and the Meierhof add to its romantic flair. Take a rest at one of the many cafes and restaurants and enjoy. A well marked trail leads through meadows and fields to the Castle Ippenburg, which hosts internationally renowned festivals and garden exhibitions and Castle Hünnefeld with a castle museum. Bad Essen will soon be in the spotlight, when it is the place for the State Garden Show 2010, from the 23rd of April until the 17th of October. A sea of flowers awaits the visitors, who will also enjoy numerous cultural events. For more info of the State Garden Show 2010 please also read the related German Travel Guide.


Day 4: Porta Westfalica

Day 4: Porta Westfalica
Memorial of Emperor Wilhelm I at the Porta Westfalica
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The Porta Westfalica with the memorial of Emperor Wilhelm I is always a highlight on every holiday and you will not only get an insight of its history, but also enjoy a great view. The Porta Westfalica is a gorge and water gap, where the River Weser runs through the passage between the mountain chains of the Wiehe Mountains in the west and the Weser Mountains in the east. It is located in the district of Minden-Lübbecke in North Rhine-Westphalia. High above the gorge on the west side is a large six-sided stone structure that can be seen from a considerable distance; this is the Emperor William I Memorial, erected in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm I. and dedicated in 1896. It is 88 meters high and allows also the views on the town Porta Westfalica and the north German lowland. The statue of Emperor Wilhelm I itself is about 7 meters high and made of bronze and cast in Vienna, in Austria. 13,000 cubic meter brickwork and 3,000 meters stairways were realized to complete this outstanding monument.


Day 5: Bad Iburg

Day 5: Bad Iburg
Castle Iburg
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Bad Iburg is a town in the district of Osnabrück and situated in the Teutoburg Forest, 16 km south of Osnabrück. Bad Iburg has three museums, the castle museum, which includes a numismatic department, a clock museum and the Averbecks Speicher, a museum of local history in a former farm storehouse in Glane. Bad Iburg has a number of sculptures made by Hans Gerd Ruwe from Osnabrück. These are the sculpture of Bishop Benno II, founder of the monastery, erected near the town hall, the crafts men's fountain in the Große Street, and the drummer boy's fountain in Glane.The drummer boy's fountain reminds of the conferment of becoming a market town in 1764. The most important building is Castle Iburg above the city. It is a complex of a castle which was for six hundred years the residence of the bishops of Osnabrück and a former monastery of the Order of Saint Benedict. Bad Iburg was first mentioned in 753 in a Frankish document. In 772 the Frankish King Charlemagne captured the Royal castle Iburg, from his chief antagonist, the Saxon leader Widukind. In a lasting period of struggles the ownership changed between Franks and Saxons. Frankish troops finally regained the castle in 783. A place full of history not to be missed during your holidays!


Day 6: Varus Battle Ground and Museum

Day 6: Varus Battle Ground and Museum
Sight of the legendary Varus Battle
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Quintili Vare, legiones redde, or Quintilius Varus, give back my legions, are the historic words believed to be spoken by the Roman Emperor Augustus, when he learned about the lost battle against the Germanic tribes under the lead of Armenius. This was a truly legendary battle and still holds some mystery to historians. For example where was the battle field of the Teutoburg Forest? In history there were over 700 different theories until the British amateur archaeologist Major Clunn discovered in 1987/1988 silver coins and lead balls, used for slingshots, in the Kalrieser-Niewedder dip, next to Kalkriese Hill. Excavations have revealed battle debris along a corridor almost 15 miles from east to west and little more than a mile wide. A long zig-zagging wall constructed of peat turves and packed sand apparently had been constructed beforehand: concentrations of battle debris before it, and a dearth of finds behind it, testify to the Romans' inability to breach the Germans' strong defense. Human remains found here appear to corroborate Tacitus' account of their later burial. Coins minted with the countermark VAR, distributed by Varus, also support the identification of the site. As a result, Kalkriese is now perceived to be the actual site of part of the battle, probably its conclusive phase.

The Varusschlacht Museum and Park Kalkriese, near Osnabrück includes a large outdoor area with trails leading to a re-creation of part of the earthen wall from the battle, and other outdoor exhibits. An observation tower, which also holds most of the indoor exhibits, allows visitors to get an overview of the battle site. A second building includes the ticket center, museum store and a restaurant. The museum houses a large number of artifacts found at the site, which include fragments of studded sandals legionaries lost, spearheads, and a Roman officer's ceremonial face-mask, which was originally silver-plated.


Day 7: Dinosaurs Footprints

Day 7: Dinosaurs Footprints
Dinosaur Footprints
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The last day of this trip brings you back to the area of Bad Essen, to Barkhausen, were you can see a nature monument of its kind. Those are the three-toe footprints of two big predatory dinosaurs left here for eternity. We are talking about 150 million years ago when those long necked dinosaurs lived, where now the village of Barkhausen, at the river Hunte, stands. Only 1921, a geologist discovered these meanwhile petrified tracks in a small quarry at a steep rock wall. More footprints were discovered around 1980 and it is believed that there are more left to find in the future. The quarry is now turned into a nature monument under protection. Models of life-sized dinosaurs complete the primeval ensemble to give a better idea of those days gone by.


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Bad Essen

Bad Essen
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Bad Essen is a small town and health resort in the district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony. Bad Essen with its historical centre is located on the German Framework Road.  [ + ] More Details

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Bissendorf-Schledehausen (Osnabrück)

Bissendorf-Schledehausen (Osnabrück)
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Bissendorf-Schledehausen (formerly Bissendorpe) is part of the Bissendorf municipality in the district of Osnabrück, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated approx. 9 km southeast of Osnabrück. Population of Bissendorf was 14,404 (2005).  [ + ] More Details

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Osnabrück

Osnabrück
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Osnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, some 80 km NNE of Dortmund, 45 km NE of Münster, and some 100 km due west of Hannover.  [ + ] More Details

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