The Limes

Landkarte des römischen Reiches mit dem Grenzverlauf in roter FarbeImperium Romanum mit Limesverlauf (rot)

Imperium Romanum with Limes course (red)

The museum was opened in 2012 not far from where Roman fort was. It is one of numerous forts that, along with small forts or watchtowers, are still visible in the landscape today and belong to the former Roman border system, the Limes. The (fortified) Limes, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2005, stretches over 550 km across Germany.

The Raetian section of the Limes, on which the Ruffenhofen equestrian fort is located, existed as a Roman border between around 100 and around 260 AD. In its last phase of expansion it consisted of a 3 m high stone wall with isolated passages and stone watchtowers.

It is worth visiting the Limes in several places in the Hesselberg region. For example, right at the end of Mönchsroth (in the direction of Wilburgstetten) signs lead to a partially reconstructed Limes tower. Finally, between Wilburgstetten and Weiltingen, the Limes is still preserved as a hill in the forest. In the forest near Dühren (Gde. Wittelshofen), about 150 m north of the parking lot on the road from Grüb to Ammelbruch, there is a watchtower that has been rebuilt about 1 m high. Before that, the Limes bends to the east in its course. This included the Hesselberg in the Roman area.

In the Limes communities around the Hesselberg, several information steles and other signs that have been set up in recent years provide visitors with interesting information about the current location on the Limes.

Explore the archaeological monuments by bike or by car! Modern museums show the outstanding finds and explain the function of this monumental structure! The Limes brings Roman history to life in the middle of Germany.

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