Detmold is a city in the Teutoburg Forest region of Western Germany.
Teutoburg Forest is the name of a low mountain range that begins right on the southwestern borders of the city. It was presumed by 19th century historians to be identic with the saltus Teutoburgiensis of Roman annals, site of a decisive battle between Roman troops commanded by general Publius Quinctilius Varus and a confederation of Teutonic tribes under the leadership of the Cheruscian lord Arminius (whose name was later Germanised to "Hermann") in 9 AD. "Hermann the Cheruscian" was idealised as a German national hero during the 19th century spirit of romantic nationalism. More recently, archeological digs have identified the actual site of the battle, Kalkriese hill, near Osnabrück and Minden.
Detmold has no intercity train connections. There are hourly regional trains from Herford (takes 25 minutes), Bielefeld, Altenbeken (half an hour each) and Paderborn (40 minutes), where you can connect from long-distance trains.
- Old town with historical half-timbered houses
Hermannsdenkmal53 metre high monument with a larger-than-life statue of Arminius, chieftain of the Cheruscians who led the united Teutonic forces against the Romans in the battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD. It was designed by Ernst von Bandel in 1837 during the period of Germany's "search for a national identity" and completed in 1875 after Germany had become a nation-state. There is a "little brother" of the Hermann Monmument created by German emigrants in New Ulm, Minnesota.
LWL-FreilichtmuseumRegional open-air museum
Lippisches LandesmuseumHistorical half-timbered building from the 16th century, originally used as a granary, now hosts the region's longest-standing museum with collections of natural history, prehistory, regional history, folklife and everyday culture in the former state of Lippe.
Adlerwarte BerlebeckBird park hosting 46 different species of raptors from five continents and offering shows several times a day.
phone: +49 5231 980990address: Lange Str. 19
Externsteineaddress: Horn-Bad MeinbergDistinctive and bizarre sandstone rock formation. They form a several hundred metre long rocky line with 13 especially outstanding rocks. Before Christianisation, the site was used by the old Saxons for pagan rites.
Blomberg CastleMedieval castle begun in the 13th century and continually remodeled during the following times. Its Gothic gate has been preserved and therefore has a fortified character from the outside, while from the inside it rather looks like a Renaissance-style chateau.
BlombergRomantic old town with half-timbered houses, medieval castle and gate.