The street names “Römerkastell” and “Auf dem Römerberg” indicate that a Roman navy base was once positioned here.
From about 10 to 270/280 AD the only navy camp along the Lower German Limes occupied the area now known as Köln-Marienburg (formerly Alteburg). Excavations have uncovered various structures confirming the existence of exterior walls, initially of wood and later of stone, the camp’s main street, its army barracks and command headquarters. The camp’s location has meant that the great majority of these finds have survived in remarkably good condition. You can still imagine why the Romans chose to establish their naval base on this raised terrace well above the floodplains.
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The archaeological remains that make up the Lower Germanic Limes (NGL) UNESCO World Heritage Site are all very well preserved. Most of these structures are buried underground and well protected. Some are visible above ground. So far, there is very little on-site information explaining the history and significance of these finds. We are currently working on a comprehensive package of information and presentation resources to promote public understanding of these sites.