Jewellery and gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein

The jewellery and gemstone town of Idar-Oberstein is your destination. Discover the secret behind the legendary “Felsenkirche” church, explore Fortress Bosselstein and Castle Oberstein. Lively history and tradition show you the way of the gemstone. Why not visit the gemstone mines in Steinkaulenberg, the only gemstone mine in Europe which is open to the public. Marvel at the cutting and shaping techniques used with rough gemstones at the Historic “Weiherschleife” Cutting Mill, the last water wheel-powered gemstone cutting mill along the Idarbach Fascinating exhibitions hosted at the German Mineral Museum and German Gemstone Museum also await.

Our tip: Experience the hustle and bustle of the German gemstone and goldsmith market, which also boasts street theatre (first weekend in August) and Idar’s gemstone market (held on various weekends throughout the year).

Click here for a virtual tour of Oberstein's old town.

Accessibility by public transport: Bus line 800, 820, 829, 830, 835, 840, 845, 850, 855, 856, 870,

train: RE3, RB33 from direction Mainz/FFM, Saarbrücken, RB34 from direction Baumholder

Guided tours:
Guided tour appointments all year round by arrangement
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