Following in the footsteps of legionnaires – adventures in the Roman castle


Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Romans ruled the Rhine valley, with their glorious legions gradually conquering the land of the Celts and Teutons. They left their mark in many places along the Romantic Rhine. We show you where you can get close-up with ancient history and the interesting insights into the lives of the Romans that the region offers for little explorers.

RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl is the perfect starting point for a wonderful family day out. The amazing interactive museum allows you to use all your senses to discover what life was like for the Romans along the Limes. ‘Do not touch’ does not apply here, you are positively encouraged to get hands-on. It is lots of fun for all the family!

Experiencing Roman life in the RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl, Romantic Rhine

Experiencing Roman life in the RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl, Romantic Rhine

Get to know the tasks of a Roman at RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl, Romantic Rhine

Get to know the tasks of a Roman at RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl, Romantic Rhine

Not far from where the museum now stands were the ‘Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes’, forming part of the Roman frontier against the Teutons in the east. Since 2005, along with Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall in Great Britain, it has formed the ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’ UNESCO World Heritage Site, together making the largest archaeological monument in Europe. Back then, this was the site of a Roman castle to protect the border, and you can now find out how the legionnaires from all over the world lived from the interactive exhibition within the painstakingly restored RömerWelt museum. How much does a chain mail shirt actually weigh? How did they build the castle and the Limes? What did the Romans here eat and drink?

The outside space at RömerWelt boasts a team barracks room, a masonry workshop, a herb garden and Roman mills and ovens, and there are lots of workshops to explain how they all work. Or you can enjoy a guided tour by one of the museum guides in authentic Roman costume. You can even bring history to life by dressing up yourself!

Discover a lot about Roman crafts in the stonemason's workshop, Romantic Rhine

Discover a lot about Roman crafts in the stonemason's workshop, Romantic Rhine

Fresh bread is baked here in the stone oven, Romantic Rhine

Fresh bread is baked here in the stone oven, Romantic Rhine

A walk along the RömerWeltWeg trail comes highly recommended to round off your visit to Rheinbrohl. It begins right behind RömerWelt where the Rheinsteig trail, the Limes trail and the WesterwaldSteig trail meet. The 8.5-kilometre route quite literally follows in the footsteps of the Romans along the Rhine. It takes you to excavations and historical reconstructions right next to the Limes. From the replica observation tower, there are sweeping views over the area surrounding the Limes and into what was Teutonic territory. The Limes explorer trail also reveals lots of interesting facts about the history of the Roman frontiers, making it an educational excursion for all ages!

One of many stops on the Bingen Forest interactive trail, Romantic Rhine

One of many stops on the Bingen Forest interactive trail, Romantic Rhine

Suspension bridge on the Bingen Forest interactive trail, Romantic Rhine

Suspension bridge on the Bingen Forest interactive trail, Romantic Rhine

Have you not had enough of Romans and adventure yet? Then you should set off on the Bingen Forest interactive trail! This interesting 4.5-kilometre family walk is perfect for a day’s excursion. There is so much to explore that time just flies by.

The Bingen forest mouse guides you along the path through the lovely woodlands, following the route of a former Roman road. Wonderful views along the woody ridge, a swinging suspension bridge, roots standing on their heads, amazing animal tracks, a Roman estate and a villa rustica all await you along the route, with the little Bingen forest mouse providing interesting explanations at every station. With a total of 44 highlights along the route, there really is lots to discover.

Roman basalt on the Romantic Rhine


Today, Martin Seidler takes you on an exciting trip back to ancient Roman times. The footpaths through the Romantic Rhine lead not only through the world-famous Middle Rhine Valley but also to the living heritage of the Roman era. You can set off with the whole family to RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl, where you can explore a reconstructed castle on the Limes, once the final frontier of the Roman Empire. You can experience very much first-hand how the legionnaires lived and made use of the basalt; it is lots of fun for all the family!

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