© Romans on the Danube: Tin Legion © Mules of Marius
Romans on the Danube: Tin Legion © Mules of Marius

Roman heritage in the Danube Region

For over 500 years, the Roman Empire with its legionaries, craftsmen and farmers, its architecture, forts and baths shaped our country and left lasting traces.

The Danube was the northern border of the Roman Empire. The main base was "Lauriacum", a legionary camp in the area of today's city of Enns. From here, the Roman military directed a network of forts and bases to protect the border, from Linz to Schlögen and Oberranna in the Upper Danube Valley. But the Limes was by no means as impermeable as one might think, for trade flourished.

Immerse yourself in the eventful history of the Romans in the Danube region.

On the trail of the Romans

Passau - Oberranna - Schlögen - Enns. The Danube connects. As a travel route and excursion destination. But also across the ages - as a natural border and trade route.


Visualisations of the Roman excavations

Visualisations of the excavation sites of Oberranna, Schlögen and Enns provide insight into how the structures once looked and integrated into the landscape.

Römerspuren - App

Travel back in time with your smartphone

Through digital magic, Ancient Rome is now celebrating its resurrection. Before our eyes, ships of the Roman Danube fleet plough through the waves in Schlögen. The fort of Oberranna is growing out of the ground again. And smoke is once again rising from the lime kilns of Enns. The app "Römerspuren" is a travel guide to the hotspots of antiquity in Upper Austria and Eastern Bavaria. It tells exciting stories from a bygone era. It makes disappeared buildings visible again. And it poses tricky tasks.

The app "Römerspuren" can be downloaded free of charge from the app stores.

The map complementing the app

Order the map "Römerspuren" free of charge, the handy companion for exciting discovery trips on the traces of the Romans in Eastern Bavaria and Upper Austria.


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Cycling & Romans

Cycling to the Roman sites in the Danube region: The Danube once formed the natural border along the Danube Limes. Today, the Danube Cycle Path leads along the river banks and creates a wonderful combination of outdoor activities in a beautiful natural setting in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Region along the Roman Danube Limes.


Hiking through the UNESCO World Heritage

The Donausteig hiking trail leads in a total of 23 stages from Passau to Grein. It promises stunning insights and views of the fabulous Danube region. There are also 49 circular tours that branch off from the main route into the surrounding countryside, inviting you to take leisurely hiking excursions to explore the region in all its facets. Step by step you move through this historically significant region, which already played an important role in the Roman Empire - as a traffic route and natural protective wall. Numerous archaeological sites still bear witness to the eventful past of this river landscape along the Danube Limes UNESCO World Heritage.


Interreg-Poject AB119

Valorisation of Roman cultural sites in Eastern Bavaria and Upper Austria

In the INTERREG project "AB119 - valorisation of Roman cultural sites in Eastern Bavaria and Upper Austria", funded by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund, the cross-border significance of the historical topic "Romans" as well as general tourism trends are taken into account. The focus is on innovative tourism products (digital travel guide with mobility concept, joint overview map) and the valorisation through local infrastructures with historical reference, such as Roman fountains, observation towers, cycle rest areas, etc. as a connecting element between the Roman cultural sites and the history of both regions.
Project duration: 01.07.2016 - 30.06.2019