Zuden Kelten is a 16.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Nonnweiler, Saarland, Germany that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking.

Distance: 16.3 km Elevation Gain: 713 m Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

You begin your tour in the tranquil Nonnweiler in the Saar-Hunsrück nature park. Shortly after the start, you first have to overcome some altitude to get to the dam of the dam Nonnweiler (www.nonnweiler.de), where the accumulation of Prims and Altbach a reservoir with 20 million m³ water volume. This makes it the largest water reservoir in the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate and serves not only for drinking water supply, but also for energy production. You walk along the shore and then turn off to the Keltenpark Otzenhausen (www.keltenring-otzenhausen.de). There is a "real" Celtic village, as it might have looked 2,000 years ago inside the huge fortress on top of the Dollberg. The settlement will consist of a total of 10 residential, craft and storage buildings, which are based in architecture and construction on the historical findings and role models. After the sightseeing, you will continue on a natural path up to the Celtic ring wall, which is up to 10.5 meters high and has a special fortification in European history. The popularly called "Hunnenring" was around 100 BC. Built later and served as a Roman temple district. Guided tours are offered! Then we hike down to the reservoir and back to the dam. There begins also the planetary trail (www.nonnweiler.de). Our solar system is depicted there on a scale of 1: 1 billion. At about four times the speed of light, it is possible to walk from the model of the sun to the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, etc., to the dwarf planet Pluto, which is 5.9 km from the starting point of the dam. We follow the planet path but leave it at half and walk to Hermeskeil. Tip: In Hermeskeil we can take the bus back from the Donatusplatz to the starting point or we hike back from the dam directly to Nonnweiler. In Hermeskeil offers a small neat youth hostel for overnight.

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