We visited during on "Family Day" during the German Harvest school vacations. There were no tours to be had in English and we had to muddle through as best we could. The place is a recreation of a Roman fort and colony on the site of a REAL Roman fort and colony. You can see real ruins of Roman houses and shops right outside the rebuilt fort walls. The buildings are bare of furnishing, so it's hard to get a sense of how they were used. It was awe-inspiring, nonetheless. They have a good-sized museum in one of the buildings that houses most of the artifacts found on the site. In particular, we loved the shoe and sandal displays. Somehow, seeing shoes people really wore was more gripping that looking at pottery shards or spear points. My children are ancient civilization buffs, so they got a lot out of it. They were allowed to try on authentic garments and pose for pictures, which was special just for Family Day. I feel like we could have learned a lot more if we'd had a someone telling us exactly what we were looking at and why it was important. I think we did okay given our general knowledge of Roman culture, but a guided tour would have put this visit at 5 stars.
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