LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten

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LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten

LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands264 contributions
Sep 2020
This place is vast and in mid-summer, a visit may be quite unpleasant. Within the perimeter only a few objects can be visited although they are ancient, they are not of too much interest. However, the highlight surely is the museum, which is inside a glass and metal building that is a copy of the very large original Roman bathhouse. The museum is well set up and has plentiful explanations, in German, Dutch, and English language. The entry to the park is € 5 p.p., which includes the museum. Note that there are two parking places, one next to the museum and one on the other side of the park. Children can enjoy themselves in the playgrounds.
Written September 22, 2020
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Paul H
Berkhamsted, UK24 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Stopped off here for afternoon on way to ferry (Rotterdam). Impressive roman ruins and reconstructions on original roman town plan. Mostly outside so wrap up if need be. Be prepared for walking - but this does help you get a sense of scale of the place. Museum good too and included in ticket. Plenty of English translations. Was let down by zero catering available. There is a cafe but it was closed (windmill) and a new cafe yet to open so lunch was cancelled! Would have been nice to have been told on entry, as quite a schlep back to the car when we found out! Bring a packed lunch next time as well worth a visit. 9 Euros for adults and free for kids. Amphitheatre was a real highlight.
Written February 22, 2020
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95 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We have visited a large number of Roman sites all over Europe and this has to rate up there with the best. The entry fee is reasonable (€9 per adult and under 18s free), particularly as you can fill a day here.

The park retains the original scale of the Roman city and buildings have been recreated to give you a real sense of what life was like here. Signage is in German, English and French.

As well as the numerous buildings, there is also an excellent museum on site with imaginative and interactive displays. Although there are arguably fewer 'treasures' on display here compared to the Römisch-Germanisches Museum' in Cologne, it is far more family friendly and attractively displayed, which holds your attention (particularly that of our children).

There is a great adventure playground on site for younger children and plenty of places for a picnic. (We ate ours in the amphitheatre.)

Highly recommended!
Written August 9, 2017
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Manchester, UK413 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
the entrance fee is 9 euros each it makes out that it is an archelogical park and roman museum when in fact it has verry little roman remains in it, the majority of the buildings are replicas, the museum is even filled with mostly replicated products ie re produced coins.

the staff where rude in the museum they followed my fiancee and told her to put her handbag in a locker, im not being funny but everything is in a locked glass case the only items which where not where monuments and statues and i dont think she could fit a 5 foot 6 inch statue of julius cesar in her handbag. we where then told we could not take pictures, i mean i had paid for it what is their problem?
my advice there are better roman remains sites out there go and see one of those instead.
Written August 30, 2011
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Steve H
Manchester64 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
I have been to two Roman sites in Germany and both have massively disappointed. A few years ago I went to a place called Varus near Munster and boy was it dull, boring and not very good. This is better, but only just. I expected better for my 8 euros, the information shows a spectacular Roman settlement, but in reality it's like walking around 50 football pitches. There is a lot of grass and paths to walk along and around, but little more than this.

Yes, there is a full scale remake of a Roman temple (in Ruins) that covers the original temple is actually under the remake - you can see it if you go under the new bits, but it just looks a pile of bricks. Nothing as good as say Hadrian's wall. There is a Roman arena - but this is similar, it's just a remake of the original.

I had a cup of coffee in the café and I expect on the continent a decent cup of coffee and not some wishy-washy horrid machine muck and for 2 Euros it was rather steep. To be fair the Vanilla Cheesecake was okay.

There is a museum and to be honest I was so bored I headed back to the car - my friends who I visited the place with liked the museum, but from reading other reviews on here, it seems that any artefacts are just replicas anyway.

For something that is claiming to be a major archeologically site and attraction that is up there with the best in Europe, it is rather poor.
Written October 15, 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands16 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Why you should consider not going there...
It's not finished.
It's under construction. You pay 9 euro's for a site that is not finished. At all.
There are fences. Lots of fences. Lot of grass as well. Kilometres of grass and fences and a couple of unfinished structures.
We came from the Netherlands, to visit the temple of the Matronae. On the routemap/brochure we've got, this temple is clearly pointed out. We did our research on internet, we saw some pictures, So we went to Germany, got to this parc, we walked and we searched. Maybe there is a temple, but you can't see it or can't get there. There is just a big fence. On the site of this place they mention the temple as well. But when we asked some of the people over there, they tell you this: it's not there, or not finished, or behind the fence.
It's a bizarre place. A plaquette near a square of grass mentions a burialmound, a woman was once buried here. Nice information but...there is no burialmound. Just grass.
So let's get this straight: this parc advertizes with a temple of the matrones (Goddesses) and other structures, but when you're there you can't get there nor see it. A lot of the structures mentioned on the site are simply not there. Maybe they will be there one day, but at the moment there is not much to see.
Tip: if you really want to go there to see lots of grass, unfinished structures and fences, don't pay. Drive up to the parkinglot, and go in there. For free. You can just walk in. Use the money to get a cup of coffee instead :-)
Written September 8, 2014
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Craig W
Perkasie, PA86 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
This was the largest colony above Koln. It's size and dimensions are hard to imagine. The park probably takes up less than half of what was once there. The have reconstructed some things and seem to be continuing this effort. The large bath is truly impressive and the building which depicts it's actual dimensions houses a very good museum. The other exhibits included a large guest house, temple, coliseum, gates and watch towers and parts of the wall. There is also a large childrens play area. Other buildings are depicted with shrubs outlining then buildings
dimensions. Because of it's size, be prepared to walk. Also, if the weather is bad it could be a long day although you can spend many hours just walking then museum which is covered.
If you are interested in the roman history of Germany this is a must see.
Written July 16, 2012
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Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany105 contributions
Apr 2012 • Friends
An extensive terrain with spectacular old (and reconstructed) Roman buildings. The museum is more than excellent! Children can get own guide books resp there are explanation just for children
Written April 12, 2012
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Birkirkara, Malta78 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This large estate is really mostly empty space, apart from the over-restored amphitheatre, the few columns that remain of the harbour house and the museum. The museum is the best part of it actually. But maybe worth visiting if one keeps in mind that this is the extreme border of the Roman empire, since the Romans never crossed the Rhine.
Written December 26, 2018
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,828 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
This Archeology Park Xanten (APX) is where around 100AD one of 150 major Roman towns was. Founded by Emperor Trajanus it was called Colonia Ulpia Trajana and in those days covered an area of roughly 900x800m. When the Romans left the town was deserted and later demolished and materials sold by people who were living in the nearby village which later became Xanten. Only part of the foundations remained of which some are unearthed and can be seen. Some buildings, like the former baths, restaurant and workshops have been rebuilt in the original Roman style. In the workshops you can see some of the old trades. There is also an amphiteater where gladiators once fought each other. Inside there is an interesting exhibition. Furthermore there is the large North Tower with some old Roman graves outside and part of the Harbout Temple. The LVR Romer Museum with the remains of the former large Roman baths is also in the park and you get access to that on the same ticket. You can easily spend two days of 4-5 hours to see everything like I did. When you do ask for the somewhat cheaper 2-day ticket at the entrance. When you have enough time you can also see some of the remains of the first Roman military camp Ventura I which is on the Furstenberg on the other side of Xanten from the park
Written December 9, 2017
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