I am in a wheelchair / use a walking frame / have cardiovascular problems. Will I be able to visit the church?

Unfortunately a visit to the Felsenkirche will be very difficult under these circumstances. Due to the unique geographical location of the church built into a natural niche in the rocks close to the rock wall there is no direct access for vehicles. It can only be reached via a footpath with more than 200 steps starting at the market square.
The most comfortable, predominantly flat footpath starts at the end of Genossenschaftsstrasse. However, there are no parking spaces at the end of the street. Please keep in mind that you will still have to climb 40 stairs through the tunnel that leads into the church.

Do visitor groups have to be announced in advance?

Tourist groups can visit the church without prior reservation.

Are guided tours offered at the Felsenkirche?

The Evangelical Parish of Oberstein does not offer guided tours. Please contact the Tourist information of Idar-Oberstein (Tel: + 49 6781 64871). Of course our service personnel at the church will be happy to answer your questions.

Is it possible to visit the Felsenkirche between November, 16 – March, 14?

The church is usually closed during this period. Exceptions can be made and we try to accommodate visits. We rely on the voluntary readiness of our personell. Please contact us early.

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Are there sanitary facilities at the Felsenkirche?

Unfortunately not. There are no sanitary facilities at the Felsenkirche.
In urgent cases please use the public restrooms next to the Deutsches Mineralienmuseum or at the castle.

The church will remain closed until the end of 2020 because the rock has to be secured extensively.

According to a new expert opinion, the installation of the anchors with a length of five to six meters requires the drilling of appropriate boreholes.
There is a danger that stones or parts of the old shotcrete safety coating will come loose and fall down.

All paths around the Felsenkirche are closed, there is a very high risk of rockfall.


Felsenkirche geschlossen, Sicherungsarbeiten am Felsen - sehr hohe Steinschlaggefahr!

Church in the rock closed, safety work on the rock - very high danger of falling rocks!

L'église sur le rocher est fermée, travaux de sécurité sur le rocher - danger très élevé de chutes de pierres!

Rotskerk gesloten, veiligheidswerkzaamheden op de rotsen - zeer groot gevaar voor vallende stenen!

¡La iglesia de la roca está cerrada! Trabajos de seguridad en la roca - ¡peligro muy alto de caída de rocas!

Chiesa rupestre chiusa! Lavori di sicurezza sulla roccia - pericolo di caduta massi molto elevato!

Скальная церковь закрыта, работа на скале - очень высокая опасность падения камней.