The mysterious stone columns Externsteine, located in the heart of the Teutoburg Forest, are of natural origin, but human hand has also had ist role in their present look. The caves and holes carved into the rock, the staircases leading to nowhere, the platforms of unknown purpose - all these give the rocks a bizarre appearance and create a mysterious atmosphere. One of the main decorations is the bas-relief depicting Christ being brought down from the cross. It is assumed that in the XII century it was broken by the Cistercians, who used the cave as chapels.
However, medieval monks were by far not the first inhabitants of the Externsteine. Archaeological findings prove that people lived in these places in 1100 BC. That said, no reliable scientific evidence has been found on how the columns were actually used in ancient times. The assumtions and theories, however, are more than enough. It is not surprising that in addition to ordinary tourists "the place of power" attracts a lot of adherents of occult movements. In any case, Externsteine deserves a visit as an incredibly beautiful place, worthy of photos and enthusiastic memories.