The third nature experience tour starts high up above the Wesertal valley. On the red-brown rocks of the Hannoversche Klippen, hikers and leisurely walkers can enjoy a breathtaking view onto the Teutoburger Wald forest on the Weser Skywalk. Since the rocks heat up strongly during the day, and store the heat during the night, they have become a habitat for animals that are otherwise only found in warmer climates. Sand lizards, smooth snakes and more than 500 types of butterfly have made their home here.
Schloss Corvey palace lies on the bend of the Weser river between Höxter and Holzminden. It is Westphalia’s first UNESCO world cultural heritage site, and combines art, culture, architecture and history. Visitors to the palace already feel the peace and calm that it emanates at the entrance. The baroque palace complex includes the sumptuous “Kaisersaal” emperor’s hall and magnificent residential rooms, as well as the oldest and Carolingian westwork in existence, and the only one that has been largely preserved.
From this impressive world cultural heritage site from the early Middle Ages, the tour continues to even older relics from a bygone era. The Externsteine rocks are sandstone giants that were formed into their unusual shapes over millions of years. The stone giants tower out of the earth and are reflected in the surrounding pools. Dry upland heath grows in the nature conservation area, while the landscape is dominated by moors and is home to rare stag beetles.
www.kulturland.org/weserskywalk | www.kulturland.org/schlosscorvey | www.externsteine-info.de