Kastel-Staadt (population 406)
High above the valley of the Saar below on a sandstone plateau opposite Serrig lies Kastel-Staadt. Ancient finds show that even before the birth of Christ the Celts and the Romans were aware of the extraordinary location of the settlement as a strategic base, which during Celtic times was as big as a city. Excavations have uncovered the remains of Celtic and Roman culture: Buildings, decorated with well-preserved wall paintings, an eight-metre wide Roman road and of course the water systems of the time. Following an eventful history, Kastel become the residence of a French Franciscan father on the threshold of the 17th century. As his settled hermitage he dug two cave chambers in the sandstone rock of the hermitage mountain. Soon the first Roman chapel was erected nearby. The hermitage remains in existence today, thanks to the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who had a mausoleum built for the blind Bohemian King John by his master builder
Karl Friedrich von Schinkel. The old village church from the 12th century and the memorial cemetery with its cross located high above the Saar valley are still attractions to this day. The best way to experience the eventful history of Kastel-Staadt is on a loop walk along the archaeological trails. Well-maintained walking trails lead to the monumental Altfels and through the rock trail with bizarre rock formations in colourful sandstone. The trails are connected to the European long-distance walking network from the Atlantic to Böhmerwald.
Accommodation in guest houses, bed and breakfasts and holiday homes, the hermitage state monument, memorial cemetery, the Schinkel school, Celtic and Roman fortress, archaeological trails, Altfels with the opportunity to climb, festival in June, excavation of the Roman theatre, “Magical loop walk of the Saar-Hunsrück climb” rock trail