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Limes Cycle Path

German Limes-Cycle-Path

More than 1100 kilometres of experiences and Roman discoveries

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Limes by bike: The German Limes-Cycle-Path runs for more than 1100 kilometres past the important Roman stations along the Lower Germanic Limes, then along the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes between the Rhine and the Danube and finally along the Danube Limes. Attractive towns lie along the way, as do renowned spa and recreation centres and picturesque villages.

Apart from the numerous Roman attractions, the scenic highlights alternate along the route: from the Lower Rhine, through the cities of Cologne and Bonn, from the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park through the Lahn Valley, the Taunus, the Wetterau, the Main Valley, the Odenwald, Hohenlohe, the Swabian-Franconian Forest, the Swabian Alb, the Franconian Lake District, the Altmühl Valley Nature Park and along the Danube to Passau.

However, since the Romans had not yet thought of today's cyclists when they built the Limes, you can also expect some hilly sections that will challenge the cyclist's sporting ambition. The effort is then rewarded by the cultural diversity that the cycle path has to offer. And the entire route can also be divided into smaller sections and stopovers, as the towns have very good overnight accommodation and well-kept gastronomy to offer.

The Cycle Path ist Signposted all along the Way

The German Limes Cycle Path follows the UNESCO World Heritage Limes and links numerous sights from the Roman era. Cyclists with an interest in history will find reconstructed Limes watchtowers, preserved and partially reconstructed forts, shelters over the ruins of Roman baths, fortifications with ramparts, moat and palisades and, of course, impressive museums.

The German Limes Cycle Path is signposted in various ways:

  •     Along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lower Germanic Limes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the German Limes Cycle Path follows the signs of the EuroVelo 15 Rhine Cycle Route. This section runs from the German-Dutch border to Bad Hönningen.
  •     Along the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes, the German Limes Cycle Path is signposted throughout all four federal states (Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria) with brown signs bearing the association's logo - a Limes tower enclosed by the letters "D" and "L".
  •     Along the Danube Limes UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bavaria, the German Limes Cycle Path follows the signs of the Danube Cycle Route. This section runs from Kehlheim on the Danube to Passau on the German-Austrian border.


In some places, the signposting was done by inserts in the main signposts of the cycle routes. The aim of the route definition was to guide cyclists along the UNESCO World Heritage Site Limes on well-developed cycle paths and forest tracks.

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The German Limes Cycle Path in Rhineland-Palatinate

From Bad Hönningen am Rhein to Nastätten

The first 75 kilometers of the Upper Germanic Limes pass through Rhineland-Palatinate. Beginning at the Rhine at Bad Hönningen and Rheinbrohl, it runs through the outer heights of the Westerwald to the mountain range of the Hintertaunus. Along this route, 132 watchtowers, 9 small forts and 9 cohort forts were located. As the Limes in Rhineland-Palatinate is mainly located in the forests of Westerwald and Taunus, the walls and ditches, the remnants of Roman watchtowers and the protection devices of some of the forts are still visible in many sections of the Limes. They are accessible via the Limes Hiking Trail. In the forest at the fort Holzhausen, for instance, one of the best preserved forts of all of the Limes can be seen. In addition, in Rhineland-Palatinate there are seven reconstructed watchtowers along the German Limes Road. The watchtowers were built between 1874 and 2004 according to the current state of research at the time of their construction. This is why the watchtowers differ from one another in regard to their appearance. The foundation walls of several forts and baths were preserved. At some places, the wooden palisade was reconstructed and the wall and ditch were renewed. At important stations along the hiking trails, information boards explain the Limes monument while the finds from the sites can be seen in the museums.

The German Limes Cycle Path in Hesse

From Heidenrod to Mainhausen

In Hesse, the section of the Limes recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site runs from Heidenrod at the watchtower 2/35 “Am Laufenselder Weg” to Mainhausen am Main.

The Limes proceeds across the wooded heights of the Taunus mountain range and, running in a big arch, comprises the fertile Wetterau area. The 18 big and 31 small forts as well as the more than 200 watchtower locations along the 153 km of the Hessian part of the Limes are in varying states of preservation, depending on the post-Roman use of the area: in the zones used for agriculture there are not many visible remains of the Limes while in the forests especially the walls and ditches can still be seen. It is in the forests as well that most of the forts and watchtowers can be identified in the shape of rising ground. The visible traces of the Limes as well as its preserved and restored architectural remains one comes across in the area, e.g. the forts of Feldburg and Kapersburg, bring Roman history back to life in the imagination of the visitor. The most extensive overview of the life of Roman soldiers and civilian population at the border of the Roman Empire is offered by the only almost completely re-erected fort at the Limes: the Saalburg in the Taunus mountain range close to Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe. At the beginning of the 20th century, this Roman fort was reconstructed on the initiative of Emperor Wilhelm II. During the last years, many new buildings were added and the fort was made an archaeological park.

The German Limes Cycle Path in Baden-Württemberg

From Walldürn to Halheim

The 164-km-long-Baden-Württemberg section of the Limes recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the rule of the Roman emperors Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) and Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD). Traces of the ancient border system can be found in scenic places of varying nature, as the Odenwald, the Hohenlohe plain, the Swabian-Franconian Forest and the Alb foreland. 30 towns and boroughs in six dis-tricts (Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Landkreis Heilbronn, Hohenlohekreis, Landkreis Schwäbisch Hall, Rems-Murr-Kreis and Ostalbkreis) are situated along this world-renowned monument.

340 watchtowers as well as 16 big and 17 small forts are known in addition to the proper borders. The Baden Württemberg Limes belongs partly to the Upper Germanic Limes (101 km) and partly to the Rhaetian Limes (63 km).The border between the provinces Germania Superior (“Upper Germania”) and Rhaetia met with the Limes in the Rotenbach valley between the towns of Lorch and Schwäbisch Gmünd (in the Ostalbkreis district). Numerous museums and reconstructions transport a vivacious image of the ancient border system.

There is an older Roman boundary more to the West and South which is not part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It runs from the river Main through the Odenwald mountain range to the banks of the river Neckar (this part is called the “Odenwaldlimes”), after-wards alongside of the river Neckar to the borough of Köngen (the so-called “Neckarlimes”) and, finally, across the Swabian Jura mountain range to the Nördlinger Ries landscape (the so-called “Alblimes”). Due to its many visible remains, this boundary is widely known as well and the destination of many antiquity enthusiasts.

In addition to the numerous Roman attractions, highlights in the landscape are lined up side by side along the 208-kilometer route in Baden-Württemberg. The route through Baden-Württemberg leads over mountain ranges and plateaus, crosses the deep valleys of the twin rivers Jagst and Kocher and leads through the Rems Valley and the Kocher Valley. Demanding routes - e.g. from Pfedelbach to Welzheim - alternate with more flat sections, for instance between Lorch and Schwäbisch Gmünd.

The German Limes Cycle Path in Bavaria

From Mönchsroth to Passau

The Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes is Bavaria’s best-known archaeological monument. It symbolizes Roman antiquity from the 1st to the 3rd century AD. Beginning at the Württemberg-Bavarian border, the Rhaetian Limes crosses the territories of Middle Franconia and Upper Bavaria, ending at the banks of the river Danube in the territory of Lower Bavaria.

As in the other federal states, the Limes has been the subject of systematical academic research conducted by the Reichs-Limeskommission (Imperial Limes Commission) from 1892 on. Prior to that, the Latin written sources concerning the Limes had been interpreted by Johann Turmair, known as Aventinus (1477-1534). The meaning of the Rhaetian Limes as a wall or a palisade and its connection to the Devil’s Wall was already recognized by clergyman Christoph Wägemann (1666-1713) of Oberasbach. The first map of the “Devil’s Wall” was made by headmaster Johann Alexander Döderlein (1675-1745) of Weißenburg.

The 117 km of the Rhaetian Limes in Bavaria and its hinterland were secured by around 180 watchtowers. Subsequently, ten small forts were built to guard key locations like roads, rivers and steep valleys. Behind the Limes, there were 17 major military bases. The linear elements and the watchtower locations as well as some of the forts of this ancient system of border control have been largely preserved and are still visible today. At other points, where the Limes is not visible anymore, the ancient border is marked by reconstructions and memorial stones, set up on the initiative of the Bavarian king Maximilian II. from 1861 on.

Shortly before Kelheim, the Limes cycle path meets the Danube. From here it follows the Danube cycle path and continues to Passau. The only legionary camp in the province of Raetia is located in the area of today's old town of Regensburg. It was built at the end of the 2nd century AD. built and is directly related to the Marcomannic Wars.

Cycle along the Lower Germanic Limes

Follow the signs of the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 between Bad Hönningen and Remagen and discover the Lower Germanic Limes in Rhineland-Palatinate.


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