The archaeological park and Roman museum offer a glimpse into the history of the Roman city of Xanten. Today's Xanten was one of the most important cities in Germania for over four centuries. Emperor Trajan gave her the name "Colonia Ulpia Traiana" around 100 AD. The city existed until the Franconian invasions in the 3rd century A.D. 1977, when the excavations of the old Roman city were started.
Today visitors can admire the replicas of the ancient buildings in the Archaeological Park. They all stand in original size at the Origianl location and correspond in form and material to their models. You can admire the impressive harbour temple with a height of 27 metres and also the amphitheatre where gladiator fights and chariot races took place. Today musicals, operas and staged gladiator fights are shown there. The city wall with its nine accessible towers was also reconstructed.
In the Roman hostel you can explore the bedrooms and living rooms, a working kitchen and an underground storeroom. There are also lush herb beds and a restaurant that prepares food according to original Roman recipes. The bathhouse with its opulent murals is today the only one in the world that can be fired like in antiquity. At present, work is being carried out on Roman residential buildings in which the living and working environments of the Romans of that time are to be reconstructed.
The Roman Museum
The Roman Museum is located above the entrance hall of the former city bath. The ruins of the bathrooms are covered with a protective structure, the structure of which is similar to that of the ancient building. In the museum itself, visitors experience a chronological tour through the eventful history of Roman Xanten: from Caesar's times to the decline of the town of Colonia Ulpia Traiana during the Frankish period. On approximately 2000 square meters 2500 exhibits are exhibited, which mediate Roman history and make it experiencable.
- The day pass at Archaeological park and Roman Museum Xanten is €9 making it one of the 10 cheapest tourist Attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
How to get there
By public transport
From Xanten train station take the SL42 bus (direction: Brigittenstraße). The bus runs regularly within five minutes to the main entrance of the APX at the street "Am Rheintor" (formerly Wardter Straße).
The walk from Xanten station to the park entrance takes about 10 minutes. Directly behind the station you follow Hagenbuschstraße and after 400 m turn left into Siegfriedstraße. After 700 meters you can already see the RömerMuseum.
The best way to reach the Archaeological Park is via the motorway 57. Leave the motorway at the exit Sonsbeck and drive in the direction of Sonsbeck/Xanten. Then turn into Kevelaerer Straße/L491. After 2 kilometres turn left onto Hochstraße/L480. Follow the country road for 10 kilometres, then turn left onto the B 57. After about one kilometre turn left into the street "Am Rheintor" (formerly Wardter Straße). After 20 meters you can drive to the parking lot of the APX. If you are not arriving by motorway, please take the B57 and follow the last part of the above directions.