How does military life serve
What is there to see outside?
Contuberium initially referred to the comradely coexistence of a soldier unit in tents during a marching strike. The term was later transferred to the soldiers' quarters in a permanent camp.
Between beds, fireplace and clothes closet, you will find out how tough military life was, but also what advantages it offered. Especially as part of a guided tour, visitors can enter the team room, test the facilities for comfort and feel the flair of the time at first hand.
Our team room is a replica of an accommodation for simple Roman legionary soldiers in a permanent camp.
The Roman pile driver is located in the outer area of the RömerWelt as a functioning replica 1: 1. It was used to drive the support piles of a wooden bridge (Pfahljochbrücke) into the bottom of a river. For this purpose, such a ram was placed on a raft that was firmly anchored in the river so that stakes could be driven into the bottom at regular intervals.
The ram can be seen as an ancient “machine”, which, like today's machines, saved manpower and time and was also a very precise method of building a stable and exact bridge structure.
Since the archaeological work was completed, the reconstructed Roman dome ovens have been another attraction in the outdoor area. In addition to two functional ovens, you can also marvel at a demonstration model.
The ovens are used regularly over the course of a season. On the big theme days of the year, we bake the delicious bread in addition to the special program. Visitors are welcome to taste and of course purchase a loaf. You can find the baking dates in our schedule overview.
Roman cooking placeIn addition to the ovens, a Roman cooking area was also built. Such a hotplate can be found in every Roman manor house (villa rustica) or a town villa.
The stove completes the furnishing of our bakery ensemble. On it, additional ingredients can now be prepared for an original Roman meal, such as the pulse, a porridge made from grain, vegetables, herbs and bacon, to which a piece of meat was occasionally added and which was the daily meal of a simple Roman soldier.
Around the event space
Especially during the Roman Days in May, the large event space comes to life. Then a Roman camp is set up here, which vividly depicts Roman crafts and military life and offers many hands-on activities for young and old. The large open space is also used for workshops and other events.
Even outside of the special events, a few stations are waiting to be discovered around the large outdoor area.
Roman herb & kitchen garden
After visiting the exhibition, you will be greeted by our Roman-style herb garden, which is also part of the garden route of the herb wind project. The herbs and spices that the Romans once brought to the Rhine also grow here. Who can guess the correct names of the plants? Or does it recognize it by its smell? Have a sniff ...
Schoolchildren in particular, who learn interesting things about the diet of the Romans during a tour, enjoy the smell and taste of the different herbs. Some of the unusual herbs are also included!
Wall & ditch
A piece of reconstructed wall and moat gives you an idea of the size of the original border fortifications.
Wherever possible, the Romans used natural borders such as rivers, mountain ranges or the coastline.
However, when necessary, they also erected man-made barriers such as the Limes in what is now Germany. The heaped earth wall was 9 m wide and once more than 2 m high. The originally 8 m wide and 2.5 m deep trench lay in front of it. Immediately in front of the ditch was an oak palisade.
Just a playground?
No, because here another area of Roman life at the beginning of the Limes is to be presented to our visitors in a playful way using the playground scene.
A wrecked Roman river ship is depicted here, lying in a gravel bed, which is supposed to illustrate the river, with a “landing stage” and “solid ground”. The footbridge leads to a small Roman "warehouse building" and a "dwelling house". In front of it is the local national dish - a wild boar from the oak forests of Germania, often confused with the Gallic wild boars from Obelix the Gauls!
While the grown-ups may enjoy the sun with a piece of delicious Limes cake and fragrant coffee, the younger visitors can already conquer our "ship" and end their visit with a lot of fun.
In spring 2012 we added a small area outside to include a Roman "vineyard". The wine used here is the oldest white wine in Europe, which was already grown in Roman times Elbling (lat. albus= white).
It will probably take a while until the first harvest, but you can already find out more about the binding and cultivation techniques of vines and the production of wine in the Roman Empire.
In ancient times, wine was often drunk mixed with water. In addition to the red and white varieties, there were also special wines such as the Conditum paradoxum which, in addition to white wine, also contained honey, pepper and herbs.
The Roman spiced wine "Mulsum", which can be purchased in the museum shop, is modeled on this.
This is only an excerpt from our information stations in the outdoor area. You can also expect a handicraft house with a stonemason and blacksmith's workshop, reconstructions of Roman latrines, a crane and a workshop with information and exhibits on ancient fishing, as well as an archaeological sandpit for younger visitors.
A visit will be worth it in any case.
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