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You can explore Germany’s largest archaeolo- gical monument in and around Bad Ems the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Roman “Limes”. “The Upper Germania Limes”, which is the correct name, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005. Thus it is not only Germany’s largest, but also its youngest archaeological monument. With a length of 550 kilometres, 900 guard posts, as well as 120 larger and smaller forts, the Roman Limes formed the outer border of the Roman Empire at that time.
The Limes started near Rheinbrohl on the river Rhine, ran across the Westerwald and Taunus to the river Main. From there it led to Lorch on the Rems. There, at the border between Upper Germania and Raetien, it turned eastwards and reached the river Danube at Hienheim, west of Regensburg.While the Upper Germania Limes served to protect the fertile areas of the Neuwied basin, the Rhine-Main-Region and the Wetterau, as well as the connecting road between the provincial capital towns of Mogontiacum (Mainz) and Augusta Vindelicum (Augsburg), the Raetic Limes protected the Nördlinger Ries.
The “Limes” ran right through Bad Ems and some of its neighbouring villages. South of the River Lahn, on the Wintersberg, the oldest reconstruction of a watch tower in Germany (1874) is built on the foundations of an original one. The excavations of another watch tower, and the reconstruction of the palisades made of strong logs in the neighbouring woods, are equally impressive. On the other side of the river Lahn near Kemmenau, a long stretch of the ramparts and ditch is excellently preserved. A Roman smelting works, which was discovered in 2008, is an archaeological particularity and is unique in the region. Further north, close to Arzbach, on a 423- metre high basalt mountain peak, stands the Stefansturm, a reconstructed watch tower, which the visitor can climb up to gain some very impressive views. Some distance away, near Pohl in the Taunus, a complete fort together with a visitors centre was opened recently.
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The “Limes” cycle track
You can cycle on the trail of the Romans and explore numerous sights from Roman times.
The “Limes” footpath
From Bad Ems you can walk along the Limes southwards into the Taunus, as well as northwards into the Westerwald.
Guided tour along the “Limes”
Guided walking-tours to excavations and reconstructions, with a stop at an inn for refreshment. Duration : approximately 2 - 3 hours
The Spa- and Town Museum exhibits findings from Roman forts in the Rhine – Lahn area and gives an insight into the world of a Roman soldier at the “Limes”. (Opening hours: April to September, Tuesday – Friday, Sunday and on holidays 14:00 – 17:00 ; October – March, Wednesday and Friday 14:00 – 17:00, Römerstraße 97 , admission free )
Limes-Flyer „Auf den Spuren der Römer rund um Bad Ems“
Our Limes-Flyer gives information about all Roman sights around Bad Ems.
The “Limes-atlas” of the district authority describes the topic Romans and the Limes in the Rhein – Lahn district on 76 pages, makes suggestions for excursions and presents a detailed map.
Roman Fort in Pohl
18 kilometres away from Bad Ems there is the authentic reconstruction of a Roman fort with watch tower as well as a visitors centre.
German “Limes Road”
The “Verein Deutsche Limesstraße” (German Limes Road Society) describes the “Limes” from Bad Hönningen /Rhine to Regensburg/Danube.