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Via Celtica - In tune with the Celts

· 8 reviews · Hiking Route · Bad Berleburg · Open
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  • Via Celtica - Aussicht
    Via Celtica - Aussicht
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m 500 400 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Via Celtica … Meisbachquelle Via Celtica Ankerpunkt 8 - Honert Via Celtica … Edertal Via Celtica … Dotzlar Via Celtica … Wehr
The Via Celtica promises a special experience: the route was developed by a prehistoric people and their defining culture: The central theme is the world of the Celts.
Distance 14.7 km
6:00 h
600 m
600 m
557 m
383 m
The Via Celtica is a spiritual hiking trail. Spirituality has come to play a central role in society. Many people are searching for direction, a place to retreat to, and meaning in the modern world. Put very simply, spirituality is the search for meaning.

Impressive natural phenomena like a colourful flower meadow, a babbling spring, the effervescent Eder river, majestic trees, mystical forests and rocky landscapes with towering cliffs line the route as the anchor points of this challenging trail.

The Celts lived in harmony with nature and worshipped it. They used plants as medicines, saw springs and rocks as points of contact with the Other World and interpreted mighty trees as divine symbols.

It is not primarily about a topic that gave rise to lively discussions when planning the project: Was Wittgenstein part of Celtic culture or just an area of contact? Are there specific indications of the influence of Celtic culture in Wittgenstein? Which regions in the surrounding areas can be definitively identified as Celtic?

Author’s recommendation

Unterwegs gibt es kalte Getränke aus dem Erdkühlschrank.

Zwei Waldrast-Stationen laden zur besonderen Einkehr in der Natur ein.

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Update: May 15, 2022
Highest point
557 m
Lowest point
383 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.89%Dirt road 22.86%Forested/wild trail 0.02%Road 1.83%Unknown 74.37%
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Dirt road
3.4 km
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10.9 km
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Rest stops

Café Hainbach


Car park "Laubrother Straße" (Kulturhalle) Dotzlar (426 m)
51.017814, 8.413804
51°01'04.1"N 8°24'49.7"E
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Car park "Laubrother Straße" (Kulturhalle) Dotzlar

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The route begins in Dotzlar and quickly takes us to a newly sewn flower meadow. This is how the meadow would have looked or been similar to in Celtic times. Back then, the economy was based on growing crops and rearing livestock.

We walk uphill to the source of the Meisbach. In times gone by, springs were worshipped all over the world.

A short distance away, we can see Burgberg on the opposite side, a well-proportioned, aesthetically “beautiful” hill.

On the heights, we come to the “Großer Keller” nature conservation area. The mighty spruce trees with at least two crowns each, the “Zweisel”, are quite striking. The nearby juniper heath is under strict nature conservation. Juniper was an important healing plant for the Celts.

We enjoy a wide-ranging view of the Edertal valley and the surrounding hilly landscape from a viewing platform.

Then it’s downhill to the Eder river under the bridge. Rivers were a symbol of the circle of life for the Celts.

After a steep climb, we come to a mystical oak forest, the Honert, interspersed with numerous cliffs.

After descending again, we reach a highpoint of the tour at Dotzlarer Weir. Three natural phenomena that held great meaning for the Celts occur together here: a river, a steep ledge projecting into the river and an ancient oak tree.

After a short, demanding climb, we approach our next viewing point. We can see the prominent pyramid-like Hohen Stift, over which the sun rises on the winter solstice, and to the left by the Honert forest, the Rammelsberg, over which the sun rises at the summer solstice.

We hike to the next place of power, an extensive rocky region with vertical crags and broad piles of rock scree.

After another climb, we reach a Dotzlar landmark, the “Zollbaum” (toll tree) and a landscape that was planted as part of a juniper conservation project.

The destination for the hike is the fort dating back to Celtic times, the remains of which can only barely be made out. The fort is a mysterious and mystical place. We can still only guess as to the function the complex served.

The hike ends here. We look out over two thirds of the landscape we have hiked. You can see the area around the source of the Meisbach, the nature conservation area, the Edertal valley and the Honert forest. After a short descent we reach the exit point.


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Public transport


You take the Deutsche Bahn train RB 93 service via Siegen to Bad Berleburg train station and change to the R33 bus in the direction of Dotzlar.

Getting there

By car, you get to Dotzlar on the A45 Dortmund-Frankfurt motorway and take the Siegen exit, then the B62 and B480 main roads.

The "Laubrother Straße" car park is in the centre of the village of Dotzlar. Coming from the direction of Raumland, you turn left in the village of Dotzlar in the direction of the Kulturhalle. After approx. 400 m, the car park is on the right.


There is plenty of parking at the start point.


51.017814, 8.413804
51°01'04.1"N 8°24'49.7"E
32U 458882 5651969
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The tour is 14.5 kilometres long and takes about five to six hours. Because of the steep passages and many paths, the trail is very challenging. Good physical condition, sturdy footwear and surefootedness are essential.

Rucksack provisions and sufficient water are recommended.

Questions and answers

Question from Be Fu  · May 12, 2022 · Community
Hallo, können Sie sagen, wie lange diese Tour noch gesperrt ist? Ich freundlichen Grüßen Be Fu
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Answered by uwe grotensohn · May 12, 2022 · Community
Letzte Woche hatten wir eine ähnliche Abfrage über die Wanderwege im Wittgensteiner Land. Laut Aussage der Touristeninfo BLB könnten ie mut Glück die kommende Woche geöfnet werden. Vorsichtshalber aber bitte noch mal dort nachfragen, damit man nicht umsonst unterwegs ist
Question from Birgit Piechulek · June 02, 2021 · Community
Ist die Tour durchgängig beschildert, so das man sie ohne GPS Gerät wandern kann. Wenn ja , wie sieht das Logo aus?
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Answered by Kathi Langer · June 02, 2021 · BLB-Tourismus GmbH
Hallo Birgit, ja - alle offiziellen Wanderwege von BLB-Tourismus sind gezeichnet. Es kann vorkommen, dass durch die Baumfällungen ggf. mal ein Zeichen fehlt. Solche Situationen versuchen wir aber schnellst möglich zu beheben. Das Zeichen der Via Celtica ist das unterteilte Sechseck - das du auch hier im Eintrag von Outdooractive oben bei jedem Bild findest. Viel Spaß auf der Via Celtica!


Raphael Viol
July 03, 2022 · Community
Bei dieser Tour hat man einige sehr schöne Aussichten. Die Route ist besonders für solche, die gerne querfeldein gehen möchten, aber auf dem Weg bleiben wollen. Es geht immer wieder über teils sehr schmale Trampelpfade, die GPX Datei weicht hier dann teilweise von der Strecke ab, ist aber gut beschildert, dass es auch ohne geht. Den einen Punkt ziehe ich ab, weil ich an manche Stellen lieber außenrum über den breiten Weg gegangen wäre, wo ich mehr gesehen hätte und weniger durch sehr hohes Gras gehen musste. Am Ende der Tour zählte ich dadurch 14 Zecken, die ich aber immer rechtzeitig entfernen konnte, bevor sie zugestochen haben.
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When did you do this route? July 02, 2022
Wander Verliebt
November 05, 2021 · Community
Eine fantastische Tour mit extrem hohen Pfadanteil. Wir waren wirklich total begeistert und können die Tour nur wärmstens empfehlen!
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When did you do this route? October 24, 2021
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Alex Honnold
August 30, 2021 · Community
Ein Abenteuer, dass seines gleichen sucht. Traumpassagen, und ein sehr hoher Pfadanteil, machen dieses Rundweg zu einem unvergesslichen Tag. Richtig tolle Tour!
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When did you do this route? August 29, 2021
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14.7 km
6:00 h
600 m
600 m
Highest point
557 m
Lowest point
383 m
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