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.
Distance 19.3 km
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.
If you have a little more time, you should definitely make a detour to the Celtic village of Sünna.
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Best time of year
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.
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).
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
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.