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Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha - Rhön

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  • Keltendorf Sünna
    / Keltendorf Sünna
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Keltenpfad Zwischenwegweiser
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Wald am Öchsenberg
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Öchsenberg
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Öchsenberg
    Photo: Katharina Happel, Rhön GmbH
  • / Geiskopf
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Geiskopf
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Relikte des Basaltabbaus am Geiskopf
    Photo: Wolfgang Fallier, CC0, Rhön GmbH
  • / Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha
    Photo: Doris Aap, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha
    Photo: Doris Aap, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha
    Photo: Doris Aap, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Silberdistel - Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha
    Photo: Doris Aap, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
  • / Pilze - Extratour Keltenpfad - Vacha
    Photo: Doris Aap, CC BY, Rhön GmbH
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2,500 years ago there was a large, fortified Celtic settlement on the Öchsenberg. The remains can still be seen today at many points on the extra tour of the Celtic Path. Here we discover the Rhön and the unique flora and fauna of the biosphere reserve following in the footsteps of the Celts.
moderate
Distance 19.3 km
5:40 h
520 m
520 m
On the northernmost summit of the Rhön there was once a Celtic settlement, which originally served to protect trade routes and to secure border areas. On the Celtic Path there are numerous, ancient remains of Celtic fortifications along the way. The path meanders through the beech forests of Öchsenberg and Dietrichsberg - what was then Buchonia. From the summit of the Öchsenberg there is an incredible panoramic view, you can see very far into the Werra and Ulster valleys. The appearance of the massive Öchsenberg, which is characterized by the decades of basalt mining, is also impressive. It seems as if this gigantic backdrop is now being recaptured by nature. When you arrive at Dietrichsberg, you can discover various forms of basalt. Who recognizes most of them? We continue to the Geiskopf, where the sea of ​​basalt blocks is waiting for us. A real highlight, although unfortunately you cannot swim here. The so-called sea consists of stones, but gives a fantastic view! Last we reach the "Alter Bruch", where the large basalt columns are fascinating. The Celtic Path is really a varied experience. The conclusion is a visit to the Celtic village at the foot of the Oechsenberg with lots of exciting information about the life of the Celts.

Author’s recommendation

If you have a little more time, you should definitely make a detour to the Celtic village of Sünna.
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Author
Katharina Happel
Update: September 09, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
620 m
Lowest point
376 m
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Safety information

The tourist routes of the Rhön are mostly used by other active people (hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists, walkers, riders, cross-country skiers, etc.).

We ask all active nature sports enthusiasts to show consideration for one another. The same applies of course to nature - it is worth protecting. In the Rhön, therefore, nature sports should only be practiced in daylight on designated paths and areas.

Tips and hints

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Start

Keltenhotel, Sünna (610 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.777786, 10.038009
DMS
50°46'40.0"N 10°02'16.8"E
UTM
32U 573183 5625627
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Destination

Keltenhotel, Sünna

Turn-by-turn directions

  • Keltenhotel (hotel)
  • Oechsenberg (mountain)
  • Geiskopf (mountain)
  • Hahnkopf (mountain)
  • Keltenhotel (hotel)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can travel by public transport via the bus station in Vacha: Bäderlinie 100 (Wartburgmbil) from Bad Salzungen via Vacha to Bad Hersfeld and vice versa. Line 110 (Wartburgmobil) coming from Eisenach or Geisa goes to the swimming pool, "Garagenhof" stop. From here the feeder to the Celtic Path starts (green K).

Getting there

  • Take the A7 to Friedewald, take the A4 exit 33-Friedewald, B62 and B84 to Goldene Aue in Unterbreizbach,
  • Take the A71 to B19 in Rohr, take the A71 exit 21-Meiningen-Nord, follow the B19, K2523, Hauptstraße, K84, L2618 and take Rodenberger Str. to Goldene Aue in Unterbreizbach,
  • Take the A4 motorway, exit 33-Friedewald, B62 and B84 to Goldene Aue in Unterbreizbach

Parking

For those arriving by car, there is a parking lot in the Celtic village of Sünna (geographic coordinates: 50.79304 N, 10.0236 E), which is signposted from Sünna. Additional parking spaces are available at the Goldene Aue.

Coordinates

DD
50.777786, 10.038009
DMS
50°46'40.0"N 10°02'16.8"E
UTM
32U 573183 5625627
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Dehler Verlag – Hochrhöner Extratouren | ISBN: 978-3-00-023493-4

Author’s map recommendations

  • Kompass Kartenverlag - Wanderkarte Rhön | ISBN-10: 3990446045 | ISBN-13: 978-3990446041

Equipment

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain clothes
  • First aid kit
  • GPS navigation device, smartphone with onboard maps or maps
  • Sufficient drinks and provisions
  • Sun protection at high temperatures

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.3 km
Duration
5:40 h
Ascent
520 m
Descent
520 m
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