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“Im Taunus”

Saalburg Roman Castle and Archeology Park
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Ancient Roman Fort and Ronneburg Castle Combination Tour From Frankfurt
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Bad Homburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Reconstructed Roman fort and archaeological museum
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Im Taunus”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Saalburg was one of the major Roman outposts during Roman times. It started with a camp and was expanded to have room for the families that followed the soldiers. It is situated in the Taunus region in walking distance to the Grosse Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Taunus region. The Hessian Village is also located along the trail. If walking is a problem public transportation is available. The Saalburg is a fort, not a castle. It is a fantastic museum with artifacts found within it's walls as well as in the area. A special jewel right across the road from the front entrance is a chapel like building which was built as a Roman bath for the highest Officer. The building is hidden in the woods. There is a short walking trail.
Outside the main gate of the Saalburg are the remnants of the family housing and several wells. The Saalburg is also part of the limes, which is a Roman road that went all the way through Europe. Some of that road is still visible from the air. Much of the Autobahn was built following the original limes.

Visited November 2012
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Riga, Latvia
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“Castle and park”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Amazing park, many trees, the lake with many kinds of birds, very beautiful castle. Recommended place to visit in Bad Homburg.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

I have been traveling around Germany seeing Roman sites for a couple of weeks. With my trip coming to an end in Frankfurt I made the trek up to see Saalburg and it was totally worth it. By public transport it is a little bit of work. You take the S5 train to Bad Homburg and the the #5 bus from the train station. It ends at the fort so there's no need to know where to get off. Just ride to the end. The bus only runs every 2 hours though, so make sure you time it right. Two hours is plenty of time to see the fort. The town of Bad Homburg looks very interesting as well. If my feet hadn't been killing me from all the walking I have been doing I would have checked it out.

The fort was first reconstructed 100 years ago under Kaiser Wilhelm II. And more reconstructed buildings have been added in the last 15 years. There is some restoration work going on on the fort walls at the moment.

There's a nice collection of objects inside. The main museum building has some English interpretation which is very helpful. Overall I thought there was enough English throughout. Several objects including many shoes were found in the wells which preserved them in the water.

It was a good way to top off my Romans in Germany trip.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice reconstruction, a little less if you don't speak German”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The reconstruction is nice, the fee is low (5 euros with a lot of possible reductions), and there are a lot of explicative posters and tables... unluckily most of all in German.
Some of the inner parts had an english or french translation, but all the large part on how they reconstruct the place was in German only.

I found a little surprising that you have to pay first to get to a toilet... and the toilets themselves are not very clean.

On the other hand the people working there are very professional and helpful.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent presentation of life in a Roman colony”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

So excellent in fact, that one feels deprived when thinking about the lack of commitment these things experience in Italy itself where the quality of artefacts may be superior, but presentation and often enough even preservation is vastly inferior.

The re-constructed site gives visitors a good idea of life in a Roman fortress, architecture, all kinds of trades surrounding the running of the fortress, military organization etc etc etc. I have never seen anything as comprehensive as this. Great stuff! In the museum part, most exhibits are labelled in German AND English, which is great. And next to stuff that was dug up are also modern reconstructions which give you an appreciation of how advanced Roman life must in parts have been.

However: everything should be consistently bilingual. Shame on the administration for such trivial oversights. And: bring cash. The cashier will not accept credit cards. Finally, beware that the site is currently being renovated on a big scale, which makes good photo opportunities a bit illusive.

Nonetheless, definitely worth the 5 bucks.

Visited June 2013
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