Under the motto "You are World Heritage", we invited people to take photographs at the Limes last year. The results exceeded our expectations: Numerous photographers sent us beautiful, creative and unusual perspectives on the Limes. Pictures taken at all kinds of times of day and night, different weather conditions and seasons, often capturing a very special atmosphere. You can find the twelve winning photos here.
We also see the photos as an inspiration to travel to well-known and lesser-known places along the Limes and to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site all over again. Therefore, starting in February 2021, we will present a photo and its story every month for one year and invite you to get to know the place behind the picture.
Enjoy new perspectives on the Limes and get inspired for your next trip!
Did you take a special photo on your last trip to the Limes that you would like to share with others? Feel free to send us your photo (file size at least 6 MB, resolution 300 dpi) and write us a few lines: What inspired you to take this picture? Why did you travel to this place? What fascinated you about this place? We will be happy to publish your picture here, stating your name of course. You will receive a small gift from us for your submission.
Third place for Baden-Württemberg goes to the photo "Limes Blick im Schnee" (Limes View in the snow). "The photo was taken in February 2020 during a family walk in Pfedelbach-Gleichen to the Limes View. Glass-ball photography makes the world turn upside down - sometimes you have to change your perspective to see all the wonderful things around us," says photographer Stephanie Rüdele when asked what fascinated her about this motif.
The viewing platform in Pfedelbach-Gleichen is the southernmost of three Limes viewing platforms. Zweiflingen, Öhringen and Pfedelbach have joined forces for this unique project on the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes. The Limes Lookouts are equipped with telescopes that can be used free of charge and provide visual contact with the other viewing platforms. For orientation purposes, there are panoramic photos mounted on the viewing platforms with explanations, which visitors can use to trace the course of the Limes in the charming Hohenlohe landscape and admire the skills of the Roman engineers: Over a distance of almost 80 km, the Limes runs dead straight through the terrain, despite all topographical conditions.
If a visit to the Limes Views has whetted your appetite for more Roman sights, you will find the reconstructed foundation walls of the hexagonal tower, presumably one of the main survey points of this section of the Limes, in the forest above the Pfedelbach Limes View. The rampart and ditch are also clearly visible at the hexagonal tower.
Tip: Pfedelbach is a stop on the Limes nature trail, which covers 28 km and includes numerous Roman sights along the Upper Germanic Limes between Großerlach-Grab and Öhringen.
The second prize for Rhineland-Palatinate was won by the photo of the reconstructed Limes palisade near Nastätten-Obertiefenbach, an idyllic place with several exemplary restored farmhouses and starting point for hikes into the romantic Hasenbach valley.
"The background to this picture was actually just that I couldn't travel so much this year due to Corona, so I simply drove to places in my surroundings and took a closer look at them again, including corners I hadn't known before," explains photographer Silke Rottleb. "And on my Roman tour around Pohl with its Limes fort, I also passed by the Limes palisade in Obertiefenbach. Since I had already photographed it from a few years ago, I went into detail this year. The pile tops looked so imposing from close up."
The municipality of Nastätten, which includes Obertiefenbach, not only boasts a charming landscape as the "Blaues Ländchen" (blue country), but also proudly presents its Roman past. In Nastätten-Berg there is a Roman-Germanic fruit trail with trees of old fruit varieties. The course of the Limes in the direction of Nastätten-Hunzel is made visible by large trees. Near Nastätten-Holzhausen there is an excellently preserved fort with conserved foundation walls. Between Nastätten-Hunzel and Pohl, the rampart and ditch of the Limes are well preserved. In Nastätten-Marienfels you can also marvel at the oldest church in Nassau Land (built in the middle of the 12th century).
Tip: The "Drei-Kastelle-Rundweg" (three forts circular route) provides access to the forts of Pohl, Pfarrhofen (near Nastätten-Miehlen) and Holzhausen and is suitable for both cycling and hiking tours.
First place for Bavaria went to the photo "Fort Biriciana". Photographer Thomas Eirich explains about this motif: "The Romans were not only great conquerors, but also great builders. For the people of that time, it was the gateway to another world and culture. I felt transported for a moment to that time, to a civilisation whose traces are still permanently documented today."
Indeed, Weißenburg in Bavaria, the Roman Biriciana, is the perfect place for a journey back in time. In addition to the reconstructed north gate of the fort, Limes travellers can also visit the Roman thermal baths and the Roman Museum here. The highlight of the museum is the "Weissenburg treasure trove", which includes 15 bronze statuettes of gods and eleven silver votive plates of outstanding quality.
The Roman settlement of Weißenburg probably ended around 253/254 AD in the course of a large Germanic invasion. Other important buildings bear witness to Weißenburg's history in later centuries, including the well-preserved town wall and the Gothic town hall in the historic old town as well as the Hohenzollern fortress of Wülzburg, which is located near Weißenburg. In addition to the Roman Museum, the Imperial Town Museum, the Pharmacy Museum and the Brewery Museum offer insights into Weißenburg's past.
Tip: The 24 km long hiking trail "Via Biriciana" between Burgsalach and Weißenburg leads to the so-called Burgus, the Biriciana fort and the Roman thermal baths.
No competition without prizes - no prizes without sponsors. Hotels and museums on the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes as well as the museums of Frankfurt, Mainz and Bonn with their important Roman departments and collections agreed to support our competition. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the institutions that have made the DU BIST WELTERBE (You are World Heritage)photo competition possible!
Der Schwarze Bär Weißenburg