Many routes running along the Limes allow both tourists travelling by car or by bus and hikers or cyclists to discover this World Heritage. The museums in the Altmühltal Nature Park show not only numerous finds from the time of Roman colonization, but they also present a vivid picture of those people who once secured the Limes as soldiers and developed the Roman civil way of living in the hinterland as workmen, traders and farmers.
– Cyclists at castell Biriciana
– Roman cavalrymen along the Limes
– Museum’s educational program
– Altmühltal Nature Park’s location along the Limes
– Limes’ course
– You are here
– Bavarian Limes Information Centre (Weißenburg)
– German Limes Road
– Hiking trails
– Educational trails
German Limes Road
The tourist road Deutsche Limesstraße runs from Rheinbröhl near Bad Hönningen on the Rhine through Miltenberg on the Main to Regensburg on the Danube over 434,96 mi (700 km). Signposts lead car travellers interested in history to Limes’ remains, watchtowers and castells, but also to villae rusticae and baths testifying to the Roman civil way of living. Some of the most impressive stations of the German Limes Road lie within the Altmühltal Nature Park.
German Limes Cycleway
The Upper German-Raetian Limes can be followed by bike on the Deutscher Limes-Radweg from the Rhine to the Danube over 497,10 mi (800 km). The cycleway section in the Altmühltal Nature Park is about 74,56 mi (120 km) long and runs from Gunzenhausen through Kipfenberg to Kelheim. As the Limes itself, this route leads through the Nature Park and the endless variety of its natural scenery.
Cycleway Via Raetica
The wonderful landscape of the Danube Roman province called Raetia can be discovered along the cycleway Radweg Via Raetica: it runs on former Roman roads in the hinterland of the Limes from Donauwörth through Pfünz, Kipfenberg and Altmannstein to Bad Gögging over more than 149,13 mi (240 km), falling back after centuries on the close network of Roman roads. At Bad Gögging the Via Raetica meets the cycleway Via Danubia that runs to Kelheim and Regensburg along the Danube.
Limes Hiking Trail
The Limeswanderweg follows the Limes’ course almost directly from Gunzenhausen to Bad Gögging over 74,56 mi (120 km): the best way to discover this ancient, mostly straight Roman boundary and all the impressions it offers truly is on foot! The Limes and its watchtowers, Roman roads, castells and estates… Discover all this and more in person while hiking on the Limeswanderweg.
1. Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (museum for prehistory and ancient history) at Gunzenhausen
2. Römermuseum (Roman museum) and Bayerisches Limes-Informationszentrum (Bavarian Limes Information Centre) at Weißenburg
3. Museum für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (museum for prehistory and ancient history) in the Willibaldsburg castle at Eichstätt
4. Urdonautalmuseum (Prehistoric Danube Valley Museum) at Wellheim
5. Archäologie-Museum (archaeological museum) in the Neuburg castle
6. Römer und Bajuwaren Museum (museum for Romans’ and Bavarians’ history) in the Kipfenberg castle
7. Stadtmuseum (city museum) in Ingolstadt
8. Museum für Archäologie und Volkskunde (archaeological and ethnographical museum) at Kösching
9. Kelten Römer Museum (Celtic-Roman museum) at Manching
10. Museum Markt (regional museum) at Altmannstein
11. Rathaus (town hall) in Pförring
12. Archäologisches Museum (archaeological museum) in Kelheim
Local Trails and Educational Trails
The Teufelsmauerweg is the loop no. 1 that complements the hiking trails’ net of the long-distance path Altmühltal-Panoramaweg. This loop of 9,94 mi (16 km) length takes to the remains of a watchtower on the Limes. Its name, literally “Devil’s wall trail”, reminds of the former name given to the Roman frontier wall by native population. In the Middle Ages nobody knew that the wall had been built by the Romans. Its imposingly wide structure was therefore attributed to supernatural forces.
This “Roman trail” of 6,84 mi (11 km) length starts by the parking place at Burgsalach and runs along the small castell Burgus on an ancient Roman road to Weißenburg. Here the trail takes to the Roman castell Biriciana and to the local Roman baths. The Bavarian Limes Information Centre Bayerisches Limes-Informationszentrum and the Römermuseum in Weißenburg are definitely not to be missed.
Römer- und Ritterweg, Titting
The “Roman and Knight Trail” is the loop no. 17 of the hiking trails’ net complementing the long-distance path Altmühltal-Panoramaweg. Aside from impressing castle ruins, the main attraction of this trail of 11,81 mi (19 km) length around Titting are the Roman remains. By walking along the heights of the Franconian Jura, through romantic side valleys of the Altmühl river and a landscape rich in water springs, hikers can see the Limes’ wall and the ground plan of a Roman watchtower. At Erkertshofen they can also visit the only entirely re-built stone watchtower on the Bavarian Limes.
Limes Educational Trail at Erkertshofen
The sole re-built watchtower in stone in the whole of Bavaria is the main attraction of the trail Limeslehrpfad at Erkertshofen. A Limes memorial stone wanted by King Max II as well as the original remains of two Limes towers and of the former boundary wall are well worth a visit.
Length: 2.17 mi (3.5 km)
Walking time: 1 hour
Starting point: watchtower
Roman Educational Trail at Pfünz
The Roman castell Vetoniana stands on a little hill over the Altmühl valley near Pfünz. In Roman times the castell dominated the valley and a passage over the Altmühl river. Today’s name of Pfünz is similar to the Latin name pons (bridge) and denotes its Roman origins. The trail Römerlehrpfad at the former Roman castell Vetoniana, whose northern facade was re-built, informs of the castell’s history and of the soldiers’ life.
Length: 2.624,67 ft (800 m)
Walking time: 30 minutes
Starting point: parking place by the Roman castell (circular trail)