Former Roman Fort of Haus Bürgel

Travel back almost 2,000 years! In the heart of the Urdenbacher Kämpe Nature Reserve, the former Roman fort at Haus Bürgel is just waiting to for you to discover it. The Roman Museum vividly tells visitors all about the life of soldiers in the Roman province. In addition, this special place houses a biological station and a stud farm with cold-blooded horses.


An archaeological highlight on the Rhine

What do Romans, a nature reserve with a biological station, a museum and a stud farm have in common? They can all be found in one place: at Haus Bürgel! History buffs, nature lovers and horse lovers will all have a great time here. Guided tours through the Roman Museum, events, vacation activities, covered wagon rides and a lot more all mean that you won’t get bored. And here’s a well-meant piece of advice, which also underlines the special nature of this place: you should plan to come via local transport, by bike or simply on foot because of the limited parking possibilities.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Haus Bürgel architectural and archaeological monument was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2021 as part of the Lower Germanic Limes. The “Wet Limes” existed for over 450 years and was one of the most important borders of the Roman Empire, stretching over 400 km from Katwijk in the Netherlands to Remagen in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. The Lower Germanic Limes World Heritage Site along the Rhine consists of many individual sites, including the archaeological remains of forts, civilian settlements, port facilities, amphitheaters and even military bases, and provides impressive insights into the supply, defense and shipbuilding organization of the Roman Empire.   

The historic site of Haus Bürgel brings to life the way people used to live at the Limes in late antiquity. It is both home to an exhibition and an authentic site where genuine finds were made, including antique masonry which still stands up to four meters tall in some of the museum rooms and parts of the building. This is unique among the 44 sites of the Lower Germanic Limes, and also a unique feature of the entire UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to its almost continuous use from Roman times to the present day and to its exhibits, all of which were excavated on the site itself, the estate provides exciting insights into its rich and ever-changing history. Who would have thought, for example, that Haus Bürgel used to be located on the other side of the Rhine in Roman times?

Program of events

The museum, biological station and stud farm offer a varied program of events throughout the year. Festivals, talks, hands-on activities and a lot more can be found in the current program flyer from Haus Bürgel for the 1st half of 2024.

Opening hours

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winter break from December 1 to January 31
Open guided tour on every first Sunday of the month
Group tours possible at any time upon request

Take a look at the video now:

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Haus Bürgel (subtitles via CC button)