The Limes Line, the border between the civilized Roman province of Germania Superior and the “barbarian” areas of Germany, ran through the Taunus. At Saalburg, a former Roman border castle has been restored to the state it was in around 200 AD when up to 3,000 soldiers and civilians lived inside the castle and the adjacent village. The outside walls are 150 by 220 m (490 by 722 feet) and the main hall measures an impressive 39 by 12m(127 by 39 feet). The castle fell into disrepair after the Romans abandoned the Limes around 260 AD and withdrew behind the Rhine. In the late 19th century, reconstruction started with the support of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who visited the site in his youth while staying in nearby Bad Homburg. Inside the castle are various exhibition rooms on Germanic- Roman history and Roman life in general. On summer Sundays, demonstrations of Roman arts such as baking are held. The forest around the castle is a favored hiking area. A section of the Limes Wall has been restored and is about 15 minutes walk from the castle. The museum café Taberna has a small menu that includes tasty dishes originating from Roman cuisine.
Saalburg is a few km north of Bad Homburg along the B456 in the direction of Usingen. Alternatively, take Bus 5 from Bad Homburg direct to the castle or take the Taunusbahn to Saalburg-Lochmühle and follow the 45-minute walkway along the Limes Line to Saalburg.
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