German Limesstrasse

The town of Bad Homburg lies on the "German Limesstrasse", reflecting its very close proximity to the Limes, the rebuilt Saalburg Roman Fortress, and the remains of two other, smaller fortifications – on the Kleiner Feldberg, and the Kapersburg. The association of the same name has set itself the task of preserving the Roman monuments and sights, while at the same time striving to inspire interest in the history of the ancient people and how they lived and worked in what is nowadays German territory.

The Limes is a defense line built by the Romans. It is about 550 kilometers long, stretching from the Rhine down to the Danube, and served its purpose for more than 150 years, until about 260/270 AD. This Roman border was guarded by more than 900 watch towers and more than 60 fortresses. It has been possible to excavate and conserve the remains of many of the installations, including long stretches of the border itself, as is still clearly visible near Bad Homburg. The Limes was declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in summer 2005.