The Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes, former boundary of the Roman Empire, stretches for some 770km through Germany with around 900 watch towers and 120 sentry posts of various sizes. One of central Europe's most impressive archaeological monuments, it has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, together with Hadrian's Wall.
The well signed German Limes Road is the longest cultural monument in Germany and a dream destination for amateur archaeologists and historians. Running from Rheinbrohl on the river Rhine to the Regensburg area on the Danube, the road goes through beautiful countryside, with a host of charming towns, picturesque villages and fascinating cultural and historical stopping points lining the route. Points of interest include fortresses (both large and small), ramparts, palisades, vast Roman baths and living quarters, as well as the Limes towers and the fortification itself, which is the most recent Roman border in Germania. The ancient border was not only an extremely impressive feat of technical engineering, but also marks – as no other monument is able – the exact point where the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes met. With the 900km Limes Cycle Route running alongside the road, there's no excuse for cyclists not to dabble in a bit of history. And the Limes Tour, with guided walks, themed excursions, bus tours and museum visits, is also a great way to relive a piece of world history, following in the footsteps of the Romans as you imagine life as it was 2,000 years ago. And if all that working has given you an appetite, why not try out a lavish Roman meal, some wine or a traditional medieval banquet?