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Lenus-Mars trail

 

The 5.1-kilometre Lenus-Mars trail connects the towns of Karden and Pommern. Info boards provide interesting facts about the excavations and the settlement of the temple complex.
As you walk up the hill you will see wooden sculptures of Celtic warriors, a Roman woman and a castor from Late Antiquity on the wayside. Info boards in Karden (at the end of the "Unter den Weinbergen" road) and in Pommern ("Am Goldberg" road) show you a map of the route. There are refreshment options along the way in the towns.


 

Hiking tips
Circular route between Karden and Pommern (9.5 km)
The hike takes you from Karden along the Lenus-Mars trail and past the temple complex to Pommern. An exhibition in the community centre there (Am Spilles) tells you all about the archaeological site and its finds. The route then continues via the Lenus-Mars trail, to the beautiful Fahrlei vantage point and along the Moselle mountain path (the route branches off from Lenus-Mars trail in the forest) to Karden. In Karden you can view the archaeological finds of the Martberg, which are exhibited in the Celtic-Roman section of the abbey museum. This hike can also be started in Pommern.


From Pommern to Moselkern (20 km, including a visit to Eltz Castle)
The hike starts in Pommern and takes you along the Lenus-Mars trail and past the temple complex to Karden. The hike along the Buchsbaum hiking route continues via St. Castor-Straße and the Eltz Castle trail (you need solid footwear with good grip) to Müden and then on to Moselkern. Here you have the opportunity to visit Eltz Castle in the Elztal valley (1 hour on foot to the castle, see hiking map). There is a train once an hour from Moselkern that takes you back to your starting point. On the Martberg, between Pommern and Karden, approx. 180 metres above the Moselle, there was once a city-like fortified Celtic settlement (Oppidum). A Gallo-Roman temple complex was created in the centre of the settlement, which reflects the chequered history of the Moselle region as a melting pot of Celts and Romans. The shrine was dedicated to the god Lenus Mars, who was worshipped there and lent the Martberg its name.

 


During its heyday (around AD 200) this cult complex included several temples. Parts of the temple complex were reconstructed following many years of excavations. You can join a guided tour of the temple complex, which includes a viewing of the interior paintings in the main temple, at any time of the year.
Many finds, including thousands of Celtic and Roman coins, weapons and pieces of jewellery, give insight into the cultic life 2000 years ago. Some of the finds are exhibited in the abbey museum.

There are info boards around the temple complex and along the Lenus-Mars trail, providing information about archaeological research findings and about the reconstruction of the Celtic Oppidum and the fortification.

Route characteristics
We advise you to wear solid footwear.
Route information
Hiking route: 5.1 km
Altitude: 180 m
Walking time: approx. 2 hours
 

 

 


 

 

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