„The world is a book. The one who never travels,
just sees one page of it.“
Follow this wisdom of the old philosopher and doctor of the church Augustinus von Hippo and start your exciting trip into the interesting and diverse world of the old Romans in Germany to see how these used to live there and influenced the region. Whoever thinks the topic Romans is boring and dull, is completely wrong. On this journey you will indulge into another time in a funny and entertaining way and see the Old Romans in a new light.
Arrival – Arrival in Frankfurt am Main. After checking in into the hotel your guide will show you the best places of this metropolis at the river Main. You can even see a Roman here – the old city hall of Frankfurt which is also called “Roman”. It is centrally located at the Rathausplatz, which has the name “the Roman Mountain”.
Frankfurt – Trier
After breakfast you proceed westbound to the oldest city of Germany – Trier. Here your trip into the time of the Romans starts as you will find many antique sights in this old roman chancellor city. Start with the most famous one – Porta Nigra, the best well-preserved roman city gate north of the Alps which belongs to the UNESCO world heritage sites. Afterwards you visit the Konstantin basilica, a roman palace hall which survived antiquity as the biggest single room and which served the chancellor Konstantin once as a throne hall. The hall is so spacious that a 7-seconds echo answers to the great pipe. During a visit in Trier one must not miss the oldest bishop’s church of Germany, the dome of Trier. Due to its significance for the human beings, the dome which was built in 1700 has been included to the UNESCO world heritage sites. Further places you will see during the guided tour are the Liebfrauen – church, the chancellors thermal baths, the amphitheater, the Roman bridge and the main market of Trier.
Trier – Kretz (Eifel) – Koblenz
Did you ever want to know how the old Romans mined for tuff? Even if you have not spent a thought about this so far – the visit of the Roman mine Meurin close to Kretz in the Eifel is definitely a must-see. Here you can learn in an interesting, illustrative and entertaining way as well about the creation of tuff stone in an underground mine as the processing and use of tuff from Roman times until today. Start an adventurous trip into former shafts and mining chambers and experience the hard and dangerous work in an underground mine by big illuminated pictures and a thrilling film in the „cinema shaft“. Further topics are the volcanic creation of a landscape and the Romans in the Eifel area. If you are keen on experiencing a volcanic eruption very close, you should visit the Lava-Dome and Lava cellar in Mendig afterwards, where you can see a tremendous multimedia volcanic eruption which demonstrates the forces of nature and the trembling of the earth. After this unique experience you proceed to Koblenz where you will stay tonight.
Koblenz – Maria Laach – Mechernich – Zülpich
Start the day with a cozy walk through the city of Koblenz, which is also one of the oldest cities of Germany. Continuing the topic of volcanos from your experience yesterday, your trip leads you further into the volcanic Eifel. You will do the first stop at lake „Laacher See“which was created through the eruption of a volcano around the year 10.930 b.c. Here you can also find the abbey „Maria Laach“from 11th century, which you can visit should you be interested. Continue your way on the „Street of the Romans“which has 110 stops with antique sights from the Roman times. The next destination is the city Mechernich. Here you can see the aqueduct bridge on the Roman canal hiking trail which was part of the approximately 100 km long Roman Eifel water pipeline which brought fresh water to Cologne, the former provincial capital of Germania. Finally you proceed to Zülpich to see the old Roman thermal baths. In an exhibition which is unique in Europe you will learn about the history of bathing cultures from the Romans until today. Amongst remains of the original roman thermal baths from the 2nd century you can also find roman toilet and hygiene articles here and sniff roman scents. Today you stay in the Eifel region.
Zülpich – Cologne
After a nice walk through the nature park Eifel you will depart from there today and continue to the city of Cologne which was built by the Romans as the settlement „Oppidum Ubiorum“. Later the name was changed into „Colonia“. During a guided city tour which also includes Cologne cathedral, the symbol of Cologne, you pass several monuments and remains from the roman times such as the Roman tower or the roman northern gate. A visit of the Roman-German museum is also scheduled. If you need a break from all these cultural impressions, have a look at the many shops in the city center which tempt for a big shopping tour. Or what about some relaxation in one of the several thermal baths or swimming pools such as „Claudiustherme“ or „Agrippabad“ – even the old Romans used to appreciate this.
Cologne – Xanten
Today you make an exciting excursion to the Roman city Xanten, where a special highlight is waiting for you: slip into the role of a Roman. After your visit to the LVR-archaeologic Park which contains a model of the old roman city Colonia Ulpia Traiana, you will receive your roman dress and a new roman name. Now you can enjoy a Roman 4-course menu containing dishes such as ptisana farrica cum pane sicco (barley soup with pita bread) or lucanicae cum pulte hordeaca lenticulariaque (Lucan sausage with barley lentils) served by your roman waiter. During the meal, you will learn a lot about the roman way of cooking. After the meal you can try Delta and orca, two games which were popular amongst the Romans. Do the best as the winner will be crowned with a laurel wreath. Finally you change your dress and name against your own ones and become yourself again.
Today you will leave the world of the Romans and return to your own one. We hope you could get many interesting impressions and maybe even learn something from the Romans. Even if it is just a motivating sentence which an intelligent Roman once used to say – Carpe Diem!