In the vast landscape of the Lower Rhine, the district of Wesel offers offers ideal conditions for experiencing nature, cycling and hiking, regional cuisine, water sports, city and cultural events. The Lower Germanic Limes is one of the cultural highlights: In ancient times, the small town of Xanten on the left bank of the Rhine was the third largest Roman settlement in what was then Lower Germania after Cologne and Trier, and bore the name Colonia Ulpia Traiana. It was never built over - a stroke of luck for archaeologists - and keeps Roman history alive in the LVR Archaeological Park Xanten (APX) and the LVR Roman Museum. Various projects are currently underway to visualise the Lower Germanic Limes sites in the district of Wesel, including the legionary camp at Xanten's Fürstenberg, the training camps in Wesel-Flüren, the military camp in Alpen-Drüpt and a cavalry fort in Moers-Asberg.
The four Roman manoeuvre fields in Wesel are among the few sites on the right bank of the Rhine. From here, the cycling and walking route "Landscape Experience Roman Times" will thematically develop the area between Flüren and Bislich in the future.
Here you will find a museum presentation on the manoeuvre fields in Wesel-Flüren. In addition, excavation finds of Roman-Germanic graves from Bislich-Westerheide and regional finds from the Roman period are displayed here.
The Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana was one of the largest metropolises in the Germanic provinces of Rome in antiquity. In its heyday, more than ten thousand men, women and children filled the streets of the city with life. Their history on the northern border of the empire is revealed by the traces they left in the soil.
"Castra Vetera" was the name given to the site of two successive Roman legionary camps in the province of Germania inferi-or near present-day Xanten on the Lower Rhine.
Near Alpen, the Romans built two marching camps, unusually large for Lower Germania, as well as an auxiliary fort. In the marching camps north of the fort, a large part of the Lower Germanic army could be assembled at short notice. The auxiliary fort closes an important gap in the chain of sites between Moers-Asberg / Asciburgium and Xanten / Vetera castra.
The fort of Asciburgium in present-day Moers-Asberg, with its numerous phases of use, is an example of the early stationing of auxiliary troops along the Lower Germanic Limes.