Two forts protected the Lahn crossing of the Limes during Roman times. Bad Ems has been developing into one of the most important spas in Europe since the 14th century. Besides the mineral springs, the unique spa architecture and the river landscape, there are attractive Events such as the Lahn festival “Gegen den Strom” and Germany’s biggest flower carnival.
Baroque spa castle with Brunnenhalle (fountain hall), marble hall, casino, spa theatre, Russian church, Kurwaldbahn, Limes towers, historical spa park, promenade Römerstraße, Haus der vier Türme (“House of the Four Towers”), Quellenturm.
There were two forts in the distirct Bad Ems. The Roman finds can be visited in the new Limes section of the Spa and Town Museum.
Between Bad Ems and Holzhausen:Rampart and moat of the Limes fort stand out impressively in theforest between Schweighausen and Dornholzhausen. Near WP 2/25, one can find well-preserved sections of the Limes. To the east of Fort Holzhausen, the Limes is in an excellently preserved state. It
was only levelled in front of the fort.
WP 2/1, which was excavated in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1858,
was rebuilt south of the river Lahn. There were two forts in the
district Bad Ems. A Roman smelter from the 1st century was exposed
on the Blöskopf above Bad Ems.
Fort at the southern entry of the city for the protection of the deeply carved Emsbachtal; explained on on-site plaques. At WP 1/84 on the “Großen Kopf”, the so-called “Stefansturm”, a recreated Limes Tower with a panoramic view.
On top of the hill is the Stefansturm or WP 1/84 (height 18m), an accessible reconstruction of a Limes watchtower in a very exposed position at 430m above sea level. The tower has many interesting features to explore. The tower is beautifully located in the middle of the Nassau nature park, and can be reached by a 15 minutes’ walk. The ramparts and the ditch are very well preserved, and accessible from a circular walking trail.