Roman Footsteps in the Altmühltal
The ruins of the Limes survived for a long time as visible structures even after its destruction, but its builders were forgotten. The Limes was used as a quarry for centuries, its stones taken away and re-used as building material: the Raetian wall and its watchtowers were put down step by step. Later on many of the traces preserved until the 20th century and still visible were mainly covered up because of farming. Nevertheless remains of this important installation are still recognizable today in various places’ landscape and many reconstructions help in imaging the former frontier installation with its watchtowers.
Rebuilt Limes’ Towers in the Altmühltal Nature Park
Burgsalach – Watch Post Wp. 14/48
The parking place located 0,62 mi (1 km) south of Burgsalach is the starting point of a hiking trail running along the edge of the forest to the stone remains of a watchtower and a rebuilt stretch of the Limes’ wall. The reconstruction of a wooden tower is to be viewed in the immediate vicinity.
Erkertshofen – Watch Post Wp. 14/63
The only re-built stone watchtower in the whole of Bavaria is located right next to the eastern parking place of Erkertshofen. This tower was built during the last Limes extension phase. Some boards inform of the Limes and its function. An educational trail takes to the nearby original remains of Limes’ towers foundation walls.
Kipfenberg – Watch Post Wp. 14/78
At Kipfenberg the visitable reconstruction of a wooden watchtower stands directly on the long distance path Altmühltal-Panoramaweg. Other interesting attractions are a stockade reproduction, the restored foundations of an original stone-built tower and the original ditch of a wooden tower, which is easily discernible. An educational board provides information about the Limes’ course around Kipfenberg.
Hienheim – Watch Post Wp. 15/46
Another wooden tower has been re-built just outside Hienheim according to some representations of the Trajan’s Column in Rome. From the top of the tower visitors can enjoy a splendid view on the Danube valley and the castell Abusina. The tower can be reached also following the hiking trail that starts near the Danube.
– Rebuilt wooden watchtower at Kipfenberg (accessible all year round)
– Rebuilt Roman tower at Erkertshofen (accessible all year round)
Was Does “Wp.” Mean?
In 1982 the German Limes Committee was founded for researching the Limes. It was made up of 15 leading archaeologists, who did exclusively voluntary work. The 341,75 mi (550 km) Limes’ stretch was divided into 15 sections, which were numbered west to east from Section no. 1 to Section no. 15. The same system was applied also for recording about 900 watchtowers. Therefore the first watchtower between Bad Hönningen and Rheinbrohl was named “Watch Post Wp. 1/1”, the last one at Eining a. d. Donau “Wp. 15/47”. In the Altmühltal Nature Park the Limes’ section no. 14 and no. 15 as well as a total of 174 watchtowers are to be found.