The European Celtic Route

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The World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks has established the European Celtic Route with its partners in the European Greater Area of Saarland, the Rhineland Palatinate, Luxembourg, Lorraine and Wallonia.
The reason for this extraordinary tourist project is the exhibition “The Celts – Druids. Princes. Warriors. The Life of the Celts in the Iron Age 2500 Years Ago” at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks.
2000 years ago the greater area was an important centre of Europe. Here lived the Celts. The princes and princesses were powerful lords and fearsome warriors. Their Druids fostered the treasure of knowledge around the magic of the universe. Their smiths mastered the art of forging iron into terrible weapons and innovative tools.
Via a thrilling discovery tour the European Celtic Route offers, for the first time, an insight into authentic sites of Celtic culture in the greater area. Anchor sites are, amongst others, the Celtic Circular Wall at Nonnweiler-Otzenhausen, the European Culture Park Bliesbruck-Reinheim and the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks and the Celtic exhibition. Other anchor sites are to be found in the Rhineland Palatinate, Lorraine, Luxembourg and Belgium.  

I wish you, in your discovery of Celtic culture at the heart of Europe, many thrilling impressions. For here lie the cultural roots of modern Europe.

Europäische Keltenroute


UNESCO-World Cultural Heritage in the greater area

The great area is a region with an extraordinarily high density of UNESCO world cultural heritage sites. Eight sites in Lorraine, Luxembourg, the Rhineland-Palatinate and in Saarland have been recognised by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Sites: the historical centre of Strasbourg, the Place Stanislas, the Place de la Carrière and the Place d’Alliance in Nancy the old city district and the fortifications in Luxembourg, the Roman architecture of the cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Trier, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, the Lorch monastery, the cathedral at Speyer and the Völklingen Ironworks.

ERIH – European Rout of Industrial Heritage

The European Route of Industrial Heritage, ERIH, is an international network of outstanding sites of industrial culture. Currently over 850 locations in 32 European countries are partners in the network. Of these, 72 are anchor points. They form the main route of the ERIH. In our greater area the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, LA MINE, musée de carreau Wendel in Lorraine and the Industry and Railway Park Fond-de-Gras are anchor points of the European route. The industrial heritage of the region is docked into these anchor points via the ERIH Saar-Lor-Lux regional route.

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