Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen, and enter a world long gone. A world before the Vikings; or even the Romans for that matter. Where are we, you want to know?
Welcome to the Hessian town of Biebertal and the old Celtic settlement that used to be here.
So many Celtic artifacts were found on the Dünsberg hill, once a Celtic settlement, that you’ll find an amazing museum in Biebertal. The Celts usually bring on visions of Ireland and Scotland, but they got around a lot here in Germany; and the Museum KeltenKeller has got plenty of coins, glass beads, and even replicas of the clothing they wore.
The Dünsberg itself is a pretty awesome outdoor museum and archaeological site. Climb to the top to see where the area’s Celtic population LIVED.
Finds of other kinds are over at Rodheim’s (one of Biebertal’s villages) Local History Museum (that’s called Heimatmuseum in Deutsch); including some from the Middle Ages.
Medieval life in Biebertal can be seen in its castles. Go figure, a castle. :-) Vetzberg Castle (from 1100 A.D) might be in ruins, but the castle has a magnificent view of the Dünsberg.
Modern life still goes on and the Dünsberg’s Mountainbike Marathon takes place every September. The grades are pretty steep, so you better train hard if you’re gonna join in — otherwise, cheer for your favorite.
One of the more awesome of festivals isn’t really a festival at all, it’s the Seven Year War reenactment at nearby Castle Gleiberg. Also in September, this massive war “get together” brings partygoers from all over to Sternschanze (sort of a historical military base) to relive the “world’s first global war” (sorry Winston Churchill for a bad paraphrase) that took place back in the 18th century.
For more peaceful pursuits, head to the Gail’scher Park which is an English landscaped garden. Yeah, it’s going to much quieter than the men running around playing “War.”
The Prussian Forest, also called the Krofdorf Königsberger Forst (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?), is another quiet treat to head off enjoying the peace & quiet. That is, unless you’ve brought the kids along for a walk on the forest paths and then you might think the war scene would be quieter. ;-)