Photo: Peter Friese, CC BY-SA, Tourist Information Xanten GmbH
Distance 13.4 km
Highest point70 m
Lowest point21 m
Following in the footsteps of the ancient Römer, we walk through the former legionary camp Castra Vetera, which lies just south of Xanten.
This tour starts in Xanten, the Römer, cathedral and Siegfried town on the Lower Rhine. There is plenty on offer here for those interested in history. Xanten used to be called Colonia Ulpia Traiana and developed into the most important town in Lower Germania after Cologne in the Roman period. Today it is the only large Roman city north of the Alps that has never been built over! Large parts of the Roman town have been reconstructed in the Archaeological Park Xanten (APX). A tour of the APX is therefore highly recommended, as is a visit to the medieval town centre of Xanten. The tour then continues to the Fürstenberg hill south of Xanten, where there used to be a monastery. Today only a chapel remains. With a view of the Altrhein nature reserve, the route then passes through the site of the former Vetera Castra legionary camp. It served as a base for military campaigns into Germania on the right bank of the Rhine and for controlling the lower Rhine and the Lippe. Several thousand
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