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Idar-Oberstein is the only town in Europe with a gem (mostly amethysts and quartz) mine that is open to the public. If you have a car, it's easier to access, but walking is possible (you take a bus from the train station that goes through the same roundabout twice before it drops you off, then you walk through a military base and up a rather long but flattish hill).
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The historic Felsenkirche (Crag Church, late 1400s), built into the rocky hill above the town of Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Because of its prominent location, the church (which is entered via a tunnel in the rocks) has become a symbol of the city. Photo by Matthias Baumbach, Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
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The all-American action star was actually born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany, on an American military base. His father, a soldier, and his mother, a German native, migrated to New Jersey when Willis was 2 years old. The actor admits his German is terrible, though, and for some reason, we don't see him as the lederhosen type.
Jersey Boy. Bruce Willis was born in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. His father, David Willis, was an American soldier. His mother, Marlene K., was German. Willis is the oldest of four children. After being discharged from the military in 1957, Willis's father took his family back to Carneys Point, New Jersey. Willis attended Penns Grove High School in his hometown.