UNESCO World Heritage Site – Frontiers of the Roman Empire in Germany

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The frontiers of the Roman Empire are spread throughout Europe. I obviously have some more “frontiering” to do!

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Frontiers Roman Empire

Limes Museum Aalen

Driving down the autobahn these days, you see lots of “brown” signs. Brown indicates a place of interest. This runs the gamut as far as how someone has defined “interest.” But if there is a truly important site in the nearby town, especially if it is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, you can be sure there is a brown sign telling you to turn here!

We kept driving by this one. The one that said “Limes”, which is what the Germans call the Roman Empire barrier. We finally headed there with high expectations as we have visited one other site, Saalburg which is a pretty cool rebuilt Roman fort north of Frankfurt. (Yes, it also has a brown sign, so you can’t get lost.)

A Roman Legion leaves the fort.

A Roman Legion leaves the fort.

Limes Museum

A boar hunting scene outside of the fort walls.

So we headed to Aalen. The ruins of the fort are all encompassed on the museum grounds and are surrounded by a fence. However, you can see part of the excavations right in the front yard of the museum.

The museum is pretty impressive. My favorite gallery was a bunch of tin or pewter figurines in huge dioramas depicting the life of a Roman soldier. It also had plenty of informative plaques (in German), statues, Roman soldier shoes, and plenty more.

Outside there is an educational area where they bring the school kids and do all kinds of crafts and games to help teach them about the Romans. After that you can walk through more ruins–those of the baths and the barracks.

Limes Museum Aalen

All in all, it was a pretty nice exhibit. We did drive out of town to see a Roman tower on the limes, but these were all recreations and not very interesting I must say.

Limes Museum Aalen



Limes Museum Aalen

We’ve chased Roman ruins all over the globe. Here’s a few more you might be interested in:

Defending the Empire – Hadrian’s Wall

Morocco – Visiting Volubilis

Spain – Lugo Roman Wall

Israel – Checking Out the Roman Ruins of Caesarea

Tunisia – Bulla Regia 

Turkey – Romping Through Roman Ankara

Have you been to the Limes in Germany? If so, which sites, and if you went to more than one, which are the best? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section!

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Corinne Vail is a world traveler, writer, photographer, speaker, and teacher. Looking for the quirky and unusual as well as the best food around the world, she has traveled all her life. She’s lived in Turkey, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands and visited over 90 countries with her family. Learn more about Corinne and Reflections Enroute on the About page.

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