The Roman Fort Saalburg
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Saalburg Roman Castle
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Did you ever wanted to see a Roman castle? The Saalburg is the most completely reconstructed roman fort in Germany. It was built by the romans as a so called cohort fort and belonged to the
Limes Germanicus - the Roman linear border fortification of the German provinces (the Saalburg is on the upper fortification line due to its location.) Located on the Taunus Ridge, northwest of Bad Homburg (Homburg vacation rentals | Homburg travel guide) in Hesse, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.
Earliest examinations of the site were undertaken in the mit 1800 by the Nassau (Nassau vacation rentals | Nassau travel guide) Antiquarian Society. By the late 1890s the Reichs Limes Kommission (Imperial Commission for Roman borders) became more interested in provincial Roman archaeology and began researching the entire course of the Limes as well as all locations of its forts. It took decades for this extensive project and intensive exploration of the Saalburg surroundings by several archaeologists. The most famous two were the Jacobi's - father and son - who were ordered the reconstruction of the Saalburg in 1897 by Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Adjacent to the Saalburg fort is the Saalburg Museum, which concentrates entirely on the study of the German Limes.
For groups (school classes, youth groups, adults) there's a wide array of guided tours available. Find out about Roman times at the Saalburg: informative, exciting, active, and entertaining — a leisure experience that's really special.
Where do you go afterwards if you're hungry? Bad Homburg is nearby with lots of restaurant choices. Also Usingen (Usingen vacation rentals | Usingen travel guide) -- check out our travel guide article about
Themepark Lochmühle, which has very good dining suggestions for Usingen.
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Location, Map, and Driving Directions
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Additional travel info
By car: Basically go on A5, and then take the exit A 661 towards Bad Homburg. Then go onto A 456 towards Wehrheim. Follow the signs for
- Tours (maximum group size 30 persons)
- Adults 60.00 €
- School classes/youth groups 40.00 €, admission fees extra (charged at group rate)
In addition, specialty tours (prices on request), theme tours, after-hours tours, tours combined with activity and adventure (Roman archery, spear-throwing, presentation of Roman dress and soldier's armor), children's birthday parties, guided hikes along the Limes, and more.
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