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Limes-Road

The German Limes Road

The UNESCO World Heritage "Upper Germanic-Rhaetian boundary wall"

The German Limes Road runs close to the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes from the Rhine to the Danube. It connects more than 80 towns, which have ancient monuments or museums with heritages of the Roman time. Serveral monuments have been conserved because of their excellent state of preservation. They include forts, baths and towers together with parts of the fortifications themselves such as ramparts, ditches, walls and palisades. Also taken into consideration are museum-like facilities such as protective structures covering Roman ruins which are explained by plans, photographs and finds as well as archaeological parks located in the neighborhood of boundary wall structures with reconstructed or restored exhibitions. Most of the forts were founded at the beginning or middle of the 2nd century and existed until the end of the Roman occupation 260/270 A.D.

The Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes runs from Rheinbrohl to Regensburg, covering a distance of over 500 km. It runs through lovely and varied countrysides, passes cities and small towns which are beautiful and quaint and have monuments of other important epochs. The "Limes" is one of the most outstanding archaeological monuments in Central Europe and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in July 2005. Many of the installations associated with the wall were unearthed as the result of excavations recently carried out by the different Regional Offices for the protection of Ancient Monuments and have been conserved because of their excellent state of preservation. It has long been a traditional site of archaeological excavation work and 1892 saw the establishment of the Imperial "Limes" Commission with a view to investigating all aspects of the wall as a whole and in uniform fashion. For this purpose the distance from the Rhine to the Danube via Eining was divided into 15 sections. The different watch towers along the "Limes" and the forts were given numbers by the Imperial "Limes" Commission.

The German Limes Road wants to give a good impression and a better understanding of the Roman past of this country. On over 700 kilometers the visitor will have a relaxing holiday in this lovely and varied countryside on the former borders of the Roman Empire.

More information:    
Verein Deutsche Limes-Straße
St.-Johann-Str. 5
73430 Aalen
Fon. + 49 (0) 73 61 / 52 828723
Fax + 49 (0) 73 61 / 52 828710

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