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Celtic Tour: Altkoenig near Frankfurt am Main
2400 years ago Celts settled on the 2617 foot Altkoenig mountain. From there they had a wide view of the Taunus region and the Main valley. You can still recognise the Celtic ring walls on the mountain top.
You reach the Altkoenig from Frankfurt by S- or U-train. You hike to the top of the mountain
from Kronberg (S4, Frankfurt Konstablerwache, Hauptwache or the Hauptbahnhof Main Station),
from the Grosse Feldberg mountain,
from Oberursel - Hohemark (U3 from Frankfurt Hauptwache) or
from the parking lot on the Hochtaunus Road between Oberursel and Schmitten.
You can ride on your mountain bike to the mountain top - the trails of the Nature Reserve are well maintained. You can take your bike free of charge in all the S-, U-trains and trams in the Frankfurt area - with the exception of the rush hour: You should not take your bike in Frankfurt U-trains and trams between 6:00 to 8:30 or 16:00 to 18:30.
The trail from Kronberg (S4 from/to Frankfurt) over the top of the Altkoenig mountain to Oberursel - Hohemark (U3 from/to Frankfurt) - is marked by a green rectangle.
From the last stop of the U-Train U3 in Oberursel - Hohemark you can walk the round trip trail through the Heidetraenk Oppidum, a Celtic settlement of the years 200 to 100 B.C.E.
In Kronberg you find the Forest Open Air Swimming Pool - a good opportunity for a swim in summer.
Nearby you get a good view of Kronberg from the Victoria Temple: The small platform is named after Victoria Empress Friedrich, the wife of the German "99 days" Emperor Friedrich III. The oldest daughter of the British Queen Victoria lived in Kronberg after the death of her husband.
Plan half a day for the Altkoenig mountain, you can extend the trip into the direction of the Feldberg mountains and Taunus as far as you wish.
You get lunch at the "Fuchstanz" inn in the forest between Altkoenig and Kleine Feldberg mountain.
Taunus is a popular recreation area in the vicinity of Frankfurt, trails are well maintained and well marked. The signs, however, can sometimes be confusing - a detailed map of the area is recommended.
You see Celtic finds from the Altkoenig and Heidetraenk Oppidum in the Vordertaunus Museum at the Oberursel market square - "Marktplatz".
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