Visit the Saalburg Roman fort

When the Romans were at their peak in the second century, these fortifications in Germany protected their frontier. Now, one fort’s been reconstructed.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


Earlier in the year I visited one of the limits of the Roman Empire at Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England. In the 2nd century, when the great empire was at its peak, it stretched all the way across Europe and this long fortification was built across Britain to protect it from attack.

Thousands of kilometres away, here in the north of Germany, the Romans built another defence of its border, of which the Saalburg Fort is just one part.

This enormous fortified boundary wall, known as ‘The Limes’, may not be quite as famous or quite as obvious but it’s just as significant.

Together, the two sites make up a World Heritage Site called ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’.

Visit the Saalburg Roman Fort near Bad Homburg

The German section stretches for about 550 kilometres – from near Bonn in the west, to Regensburg in the east. It links almost 100 towns, villages and districts along its length.

Although it is now incomplete, follow the path and you’ll discover a large selection of Roman ruins, excavations and reconstructions.

Visit the Saalburg Roman Fort near Bad Homburg

Some people bike or hike along the original border line… and maybe one day I should come back and do the whole stretch on foot. Signposts and information boards point out significant monuments along the way and there are plenty of places to stay.

But for most people – myself included this time – a visit to a few of the ancient Roman sites along the Limes will give a thorough impression of the fortifications.

Saalburg Fort, Bad Homburg, Germany

One of the best places to quickly experience the Roman Frontiers is at the Saalburg Roman fort near Bad Homburg.

It is the only Roman fortress in the world to be rebuilt and is imposing on a hill with large external walls guarding the buildings inside.

It was rebuilt as a museum and research institute around 1900 under the direction of Kaiser Wilhelm II, with additional reconstruction in the past decade.

Saalburg Fort, Bad Homburg, Germany

About 600 soldiers would have been based at Saalburg during the height of the Roman times and up to 2000 people may have lived inside the walls and the nearby village.

Models, reconstructions and actual archaeological artefacts in the site’s museum paint a picture of ancient times. I feel like it’s aimed more at school groups or history buffs but it is, nonetheless, unique in what it offers.

Saalburg Fort, Bad Homburg, Germany
Saalburg Fort, Bad Homburg, Germany

Visit Saalburg Roman fort

If a reconstructed Roman fort is not your thing but you’re in the area near Saalburg, another option is to go exploring yourself.

In the forests nearby are relatively untouched Roman ruins and visitors are free to hike along the trails and discover things for themselves.

Saalburg Fort, Bad Homburg, Germany

In fact, it’s the same along much of the original boundary wall that stretches across the Germany. Although there are official sites that have been protected or restored, there’s still a lot which is just out in the open.

Because the original route of The Limes covers so much of the country, it’s easy to come across a part of it on your travels and see what there is to visit in the area.

When it comes to the Saalburg Roman Fort itself, I would recommend up to an hour to look through the buildings and the exhibition spaces.

There are often special temporary exhibitions that may be of interest to you as well.

A few other useful bits of visitor information:

  • Not all of the site is accessible for wheelchairs, but there is a guided tour offered specifically for wheelchair users.
  • There is also a guided tour for blind or vision-impaired visitors, plus there is a bronze tactile model of the fort.
  • Photography is allowed for personal use.
  • Smoking is not permitted on site.
  • You aren’t allowed to wear Roman costumes or carry replica (or real) weapons.
  • Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

You’ll find that there’s a lot more going on at the fort on the weekend, including things like guided tours and possibly family-friendly festivals.

Where is the Saalburg Fort?

The Saalburg Fort is about 7 kilometres north of Bad Homburg, or about 27 kilometres north of Frankfurt.
The official address is Saalburg 1, 61350, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany. You can see it on a map here.

How do you get to the Saalburg Fort?

To get to the Saalburg Fort, catch the train to Bad Homburg and then take the bus number 5 to the site, which takes about 30 minutes.

When is the Saalburg Fort open?

The Saalburg Fort is open at the following times:
March to October: 09:00 – 18:00
November to February: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 – 16:00

How much does it cost to visit the Saalburg Fort?

Admission prices to Saalburg Fort are as follows:
Standard: €8
Concession: €6
Children: €3

You can find out more information at the official website for Saalburg Fort.

Visiting Saalburg Roman Fort is a fairly easy extension to some sightseeing in Frankfurt. Or, if you’re driving through this part of Germany, it makes for a good detour and pit stop – especially with children.

Time Travel Turtle was supported by DB Bahn, the German National Tourist Board and Youth Hostels in Germany but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.


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4 thoughts on “Visit the Saalburg Roman fort”

  1. Wow, Rome really had a long reach didn’t it? I just finished watching Marco Polo and was reminded of how far the Mongol Empire reached at one point as well. It’s amazing to see how the world’s borders change century after century. Great photos!

  2. “The German section stretches for about 550 kilometres […] maybe one day I should come back and do the whole stretch on foot.”

    Good luck with that.


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