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Felsenmeer Lautertal - Things to Know Before Visiting

Felsenmeer, 64686 Lautertal (Odenwald), Germany

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About Felsenmeer Lautertal

The Felsenmeer Lautertal is a massive field of boulders that covers an area of nearly 200 acres. Some of the boulders are as large as houses, and the entire field is surrounded by a dense forest. This fascinating geological formation was created over millions of years by weathering.


Things to Do at Felsenmeer Lautertal

Visitors to the Felsenmeer Lautertal can explore the boulder field, hike through the forest, and even stay overnight in one of the many campsites that are scattered throughout the area.

Some of the large boulders has remains of the handwork from Roman masons who were using the boulders here to create large columns.

The entrance to the Felsenmeer Lautertal has a small museum as well that explains differnt kinds of rocks and the plant and animal life around the area.

History of Felsenmeer Lautertal

Felsenmeer, means "sea of rocks" in German, is a type of rock formation that typically forms in highland or mountainous regions.

It is characterized by a chaotic jumble of large boulders that have been transported to the surface by glaciers or other geological processes. Felsenmeer can be found in many parts of the world, but it is especially common in Europe. In Germany, the Felsenmeer Lautertal is one of the most famous examples of this natural phenomenon.

The Roman Empire left its mark on many parts of the world, including in the Felsenmeer Lautertal. The Felsenmeer Lautertal was involved with Roman quarrying activities. The rocks were likely used to build roads and fortifications in the area and some leftovers of the quarrying activities can still be seen. The local stone masons later were also extracting the stones from here.

Best Time to Visit Felsenmeer Lautertal

The best time to visit the Felsenmeer Lautertal is in the spring or autumn. The temperatures are milder, making it more comfortable to explore the rock formations. In the spring, the wildflowers are in bloom, providing a splash of color against the gray rocks. Autumn is a great time to see the boulders in changing leaves.

Winter is best to be avoided as the boulders and the hiking trails can become extremely slippery.

Tips for Visiting Felsenmeer Lautertal

  1. Wear comfortable shoes: The Felsenmeer Lautertal covers a large area, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes – you'll be doing a lot of walking and climbing.
  2. Be mindful of the children. Felsenmeer Lautertal is a favourite spot for families, there will be a lot of children.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Felsenmeer Lautertal

  1. The Felsenmeer Lautertal covers an area of approximately 1,400 hectares.
  2. The characteristic round shape of the rocks is caused by their long exposure to water and wind.
  3. The rocks in the Felsenmeer vary in size from pebbles to boulders weighing several tons.
  4. The word "Felsenmeer" comes from the German words "Fels" (rock) and "Meer" (sea).
  5. The Felsenmeer Lautertal is believed to be formed around 340 million years ago.
  6. The rocks in the Felsenmeer Lautertal are constantly shifting positions due to the forces of gravity.
  7. There is a small stream that flows underneath the boulders and you can hear it flowing while climbing though the rocks.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Felsenmeer Lautertal

Felsenmeer Lautertal is a popular tourist destination for its spectacular rock formations. The average visitor spends about two hours in Felsenmeer Lautertal. However, this number varies depending on the season. In the summer, when the weather is warm and mild, visitors tend to stay longer, often spending three or four hours exploring the area. But in the winter, when it's cold and snowy, most visitors only stay for an hour or so.

How to Reach Felsenmeer Lautertal

Visitors can reach the area by car, train, or bike. The easiest way to access the Felsenmeer Lautertal is by car, as there is a large parking lot located just off the main road.

However, those interested in a more challenging journey can opt to take the train or bike. The train station Reichenbach Markt is located at Lautertal, just a short walk from the Felsenmeer.

Entrance Fee of Felsenmeer Lautertal

There are no fee to enter Felsenmeer Lautertal apart from the parking charges. Even the museum entrance is free, but you are fre to tip.

Opening Hours of Felsenmeer Lautertal

Felsenmeer Lautertal is open daily and technically for 24 hours. However it is advisable to visit only when there is enough sunlight.

Attractions Near Felsenmeer Lautertal

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt17.26km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

This huge multidisciplinary museum in Darmstadt was founded in 1820 from donations of the local princely state's ruling family. The museum is especially noted for its art collection, and features an important natural history collection.

Mathildenhöhe (Darmstadt Artists' Colony)
Mathildenhöhe (Darmstadt Artists' Colony)17.34km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

The Darmstadt Artists’ Colony refers to both Jugendstil artists and the buildings in Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, where they lived and worked. The artists’ colony was established in 1899 by Ernest Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse. The artists were largely financed by patrons and worked together with other members of the group who had similar artistic tastes.

Messel Pit Fossil Site
Messel Pit Fossil Site21.76km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

The Messel Pit is a disused quarry near Messel's village about 35 km south-east of Frankfurt. Because of its abundance of fossils, it has significant geological and scientific importance. It is is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site on Dec 9, 1995, making the area a tourist site and famous attraction. The Messel Pit provides the best preserved evidence of Geiseltalian flora and fauna so far discovered. Most other sites are lucky to contain partial skeletons, but Messel boasts extensive pres

Dom St. Peter (Worms Cathedral)
Dom St. Peter (Worms Cathedral)26.1km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

St Peter's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Worms, southern Germany. The cathedral is located on the highest point of the inner city of Worms, on a hill. Since this hill was safe from flooding, it has been inhabited by people since the third millennium BC.

Technoseum
Technoseum30.74km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

Technoseum showcases the industrialisation of the south-western regions of Germany. The exhibits are arranged in a way that the visitors will experience a technological journey in time, from begining of the industrial revolution to the present day.

Kunsthalle Mannheim
Kunsthalle Mannheim30.91km from Felsenmeer Lautertal

Kunsthalle Mannheim is a modern and contemporary art museum housing art collections and hosting temporary art exhibitions of Mannheim city. Built in 1907, the museums own collection comprises around 1,500 works from multiple artists including Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, George Grosz. In addition, the new extension building constructed in 2018 shows major collection of works by Anselm Kiefer.

Where is Felsenmeer Lautertal

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Hessen
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Situated in west-central Germany, The state of Hesse is bordered by six German states. Most of the population of Hesse lives in the southern part, in the Rhine-Main Area. The countryside is hilly and has numerous mountain ranges. Hesse is the greenest state in Germany, as forest covers 42% of the state.

What Visitors Say About Felsenmeer Lautertal

Nithin Mathew
Nithin Mathew
2022-07-09
On a sunny Saturday afternoon we went on a trip to Felsenmeer. The place consists of boulders piled together like a river. This rock bed was formed 340 million years ago, 15 kilometers under the earth.

The weathering process over the years slowly exposed the rocks over millions of years and now piles of them are laying around in the sides of the mountain.

You can climb through the rocks to the top of the hill and there is a zig zag path around it. The place is pretty popular especially for families with little children. There is also a small museum in the entrance that shows different kinds of rocks, and the animals live around the area.

A long time ago, Romans used to make large columns from the rocks here and transported it over to other parts of the continent. Some of the large rocks with masonry works from the Romans can still be seen here.

There are no entrance fee to Felsenmeer.

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