Walking Among Giants: The Sea of Rocks near Hirsau Monastery

Two gigantic rock slabs lie on the mountain slope as if arranged

Nestled in the mysterious Black Forest of Germany, lies an extraordinary site, just a short distance away from Hirsau Monastery. Welcome to the “Sea of Rocks” (Geman: Felsenmeer), a mesmerizing area adorned with a multitude of magnificent boulders scattered across a small section of a wooded hillside.

As you explore amidst these enigmatic stones, you might find yourself compelled to seek out the most captivating forms and capture them in photographs, etching the memory of your visit.

These intricate forms ignite curiosity and leave you pondering. The abundance of symmetries raises questions: were they solely shaped by nature, or is there more to the story?

One can discover nearly flawless cubes, massive rectangular stone slabs adorned with peculiar recesses, and other shapes that appear to be of human origin.

The sea of rocks

Suddenly, amidst the rugged terrain, emerges a colossal menhir, towering approximately 5 meters high on a steep incline still within the area of the sea of rocks. Any previous doubts have been completely dispelled. It is evident that this block is unequivocally of non-natural origin.

The structure of the colossal standing stone gives an impression as if it was crafted from an even more monstrous boulder that was lying around there. The mystery of when and by whom this extraordinary work was created remains unsolved.

A monumental standing stone

Located below the sea of rocks, a tranquil stream elegantly meanders through a wildly romantic valley. In this location, we also find solitary, sizable and symmetrical boulders that likely descended from the slope higher above. The lush green moss that completely envelops them lends an enchanting, fairy-tale quality to the entire scenery.

The entrance to the valley is adorned with a time-worn bridge, its arch crafted from weathered stones. This picturesque sight adds the perfect finishing touch.

The wildly romantic valley below the sea of rocks

Hirsau Monastery, or ‘Kloster Hirsau’ in German, carries a rich history dating back to the 11th century. Once considered one of the most influential Benedictine houses and the largest Monastery in the German-speaking region, it served as a spiritual center and a cradle of reform for the Benedictine order.

Nevertheless, Hirsau had already established itself as a significant Christian stronghold in the northern Black Forest during the 8th century, boasting a chapel devoted to St. Nazarius. Was the Catholic Church intentionally drawn to this location due to its close proximity to an ancient, purportedly pagan – or possibly more accurately described – megalithic site? They seem to have always had a liking for such locations in general.

Hirsau Monastery ruins

The sea of rocks is situated just a short distance from the town of Hirsau, renowned for its impressive monastery ruins.

Location of the sea of rocks

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