In the footsteps of the Romans on the Neckar-Alb-Aare Roman Route

The approximately 400-kilometre Neckar-Alb-Aare Roman Route follows a road depicted on the ancient Tabula Peutingeriana road map that linked the legion camp at Vindonissa (Windisch in Switzerland) with the settlement of Grinario (Köngen in Germany).

For people with an interest in Roman history, the route is a fascinating journey of discovery along old Roman roads. Stretching from the river Neckar and the Swabian Alb to the Upper Rhine, Lake Constance and the Swiss town of Aargau, the route passes through places that were significant in the province of Upper Germania and provide authentic examples of how people lived in Roman times. Archaeological finds unearthed along the route convey a comprehensive picture of culture and everyday life during this period. There's so much to see that will fire the imagination and shed light on the traditions of 2,000-year-old settlements: fragments of walls from forts, villages (vici) and towns (municipia), Roman excavation sites, roads, milestones, thermal baths, pools, heating systems and latrines, country estates, mosaics, museums, open-air museums, statuettes, oil lamps, writing tablets, all kinds of tools from axes to tweezers as well as partly preserved horses' harnesses. There are also activities to take part in such as Roman festivals, games and feasts – and even Roman running events! The magnificent countryside on both sides of the route has plenty to offer, from mighty castles and grand palaces to picturesque churches looking out far across the plateaus. This rural paradise also offers cyclists enough hills and valleys to help improve their fitness, health and well-being.

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