The Upper German-Raetian Limes is the most important archaeological ground monument of Germany.
In 2005 it was inscripted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a section of the transnational World Heritage Site “Frontiers of the Roman Empire”.
A Common Shared World Heritage
The Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England, an UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in its own right since 1987, and the Upper German-Raetian Limes will form the first and the second section of a shared World Heritage Site linking all external borders of the ancient Roman Empire.
What Does “UNESCO’s World Heritage” Mean?
Since 1965 UNESCO makes it its duty to identify and protect unique cultural and natural heritage sites considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The World Heritage Committee evaluates sites nominated for inscription according to criteria such as “uniqueness” and “historical authenticity” of their cultural monuments.
So far more than 800 cultural and natural sites worldwide have met the requirements for being inscripted on the UNESCO’s List.
This recognition is highly honorific, but it also obliges to protect the World Heritage Site and to care for it for future generations!
Infopoint Limes in the Römer und Bajuwaren Museum at the castle Burg Kipfenberg
The Infopoint Limes informs visitors of the World Heritage “Limes” in the Altmühltal Nature Park. Barely 2,000 years ago it ran north-west to south-east through today’s Nature Park over circa 62,14 mi (100 km), marking the frontier of the Roman Empire.
The Infopoint shows where the Limes, its towers and castells as well as other settlements once stood and where the Roman age is still to be experienced live.
Bayerisches Limes-Informationszentrum in the Römermuseum at Weißenburg
The Bayerisches Limes-Informationszentrum in the Roman museum at Weißenburg is the Bavarian Limes Information Centre. Actually, this Franconian city was predestined to host it because of its Roman past, which is testified to by its castell Biriciana and its well preserved Roman baths. Thanks to the exhibits displayed on 2.152,78 square feet (200 square meters), such as a Roman helm, multimedia presentations and faithfully rebuilt models, visitors can get to know the Roman past of the region clearly. Thanks to this modern didactic concept it is also possible to leaf through a Roman cookery book.
The logo of the World Heritage visualises the interrelation existing between cultural and natural sites. The central quadrangle and the circle symbolize respectively a man-made form and Nature. Both forms are strictly connected the one to the other. This logo is as circular as the Earth, but it’s also a symbol of protection.