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German Limes Route
The longest heritage site in Germany

View of an old Roman watchtower on a green field with bushes

Strung out along the route are attractive towns and picturesque villages, renowned spa resorts and holiday centres. The timeless, Roman-style architecture of the Limes Thermal Baths in Aalen will appeal to health and fitness freaks. The Romans might not have actually invented spas, but the Roman architectural style has continued to influence their design. Stepping into such a different environment helps spa guests to leave behind the stress of everyday life. In addition to the Roman attractions, one scenic highlight follows another, all along the route: from the Rhine-Westerwald nature reserve through the Lahn Valley, the Nassauer Land region, the Rhine-Taunus district, the Upper Taunus nature reserve, the Wetterau, the Main river valley, the Odenwald forest, the Swabian-Franconian forest, the Swabian Alb, the New Franconian Lakeland and the Altmühl Valley nature reserve as far as the Danube.

Family visiting the North Gate of Weissenburg Castle

The German Limes Route really does cater for every taste and interest. Between April and October there are Roman-themed guided tours, Roman activity days and festivals with Roman food etc., in which visitors may take part. Roman legionaries and workers had to make do with simple fare, but we know from Petronius, Martial and other writers that the Romans were partial to meat, poultry and game served with sauces, olives and fruit, omelettes, cakes and gateaux, and accompanied them with wine. A number of restaurants along the Limes Route offer Roman-style food cooked to the original recipes by Apicius. Guests can look forward to a friendly welcome from their hosts throughout the tour and to some real Roman culinary treats.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    History, culture, nature

Highlights in brief

  • Aalen
    Roman Festival (every 2 years
    2006, 2008 etc.), Limes Thermal Baths
  • Bad Ems
    Reconstructed tower
  • Holzhausen
  • Kleiner Feldberg
    Feldberg Castle
  • Bad Homburg
    Saalburg Fort
  • Hanau
    Two fortress sites
  • Aschaffenburg
    Ruins of fort baths, reconstruction of Pompeii villa
  • Miltenberg
    19km Roman Route
  • Weissenburg
    Biriciana Roman fort
  • Regensburg
    Old quarter, Walhalla monument, Roman Museum