Saalburg & Hessenpark

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The entrance
After all those cold days, I decided we best do something outside on the nice days ahead of us. So, I ended up going to the Saalburg, a roman fort from the 1 century AD, that was there for ca. 160 years. The Fort was rebuild between 1897 and 1907, thanks to Kaiser Wilhelm II.
It is an open-air museum. Great, bring the kids - and if you have German kids, they offer special guided tours, for the youngens. And if you have kids like mine, there is only one door to get in and out of the Fort, so I sat with an eye on that and let her run around, without having to worry. Well, no climbing on the walls and no biting strange dogs. Anyways.....
In 2003 they added some buildings and now are turning it into an archeological park: I have not noticed much difference, except a lot more people than there used to be, but you can still somewhat walk through it.
North Gate from Inside - or was it South?
Oh and guided tours are at 11 and 13hrs - I think english tours only on demand.
If you like, you can bring a dog. This is especially fun. It adds to the amusement while taking a rest on one of the many benches, while having a snack.  Of course, I brought something to drink, since the only thing roman in the "Taverna" is its name, actually the food is  pretty German with its Schnitzel and Bratwurst and the prices are pretty modern. The little Kiosk was a good help. We grabbed us some roman bread with roman sausage, sat in the grass and tried to keep the food away from the dog. The bread was outstanding, after all, I am german, I know about good bread. It has many spices and a touch of honey. When I was wondering why they cannot make this bread now, my daughter wanted to know why it is not molded, if it is from the romans .
Bathrooms - the little whole is where the hot water went in..
... *sigh*

In 2005 the Limes and the with it the Saalburg become of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Fort is constructed in the rough stone design, which during the first dig they believed was what the walls looked like. Not too long ago have they learned that the walls were actually made out of white mortar, in which the romans drew red lines, to make it look like bricks. So the newer buildings are constructed in this manner. Let's hope they will not find anything else, I have to keep changing the picture of roman life in my head.
The fortress is not really that big,but there is also a small exhibition on pottery and weapons. Personally I enjoy the whole atmosphere, since it sits right in the woods. All around it, one can find wells and part of the mounds and the limes that surrounded it.
A rebuild well
(Picking blackberries at the same time is fun also)and since it is not that big and we went through it, within 2,5 half hours - okay not getting to see everything.... next time I go without kids......

the Hessenpark is right around the corner in Neu-Anspach. It is also an Open-Air Museum about the life in Hessen with over 100 houses. Somedays you can join the blacksmith, the weaver, the beekeeper and I got to watch how they used to make charcoal in an earth-kiln. There is also a marketplace where one can buy homemade stuff etc. and a foto place for those nostalgic photos in those stiff scratchy clothing. Just in case you ever wondered why they never smile on photos from way back when.
Roman Fashion
.... I am convinced it were the clothes.

In one of the houses is an exhibition that shows the Hessians moving to the US, very intersting, I think you call them Amish. Some houses just have old furniture. Some show the how the Jewish lived. And I also have not seen a Jewish bath before, so that was interesting. Next time I will go there, I will put up some pictures, but this day it was too crowded, since the Dalai Lama was there the day before and I guess many people thought he was coming today also. I will go again on the next sunny weekend. I have to get some of that goat cheese and maybe a Dirndl before Octoberfest time is over. And if you still have time on your hands.....

there is also the Lochm├╝hle, an amusement park close by, but it is geared more for smaller children. I used to bribe mine, I get to actually look at things in the Saalburg, you get to go Pony riding. about 10 min away from there is the Stierst├Ądter Heide, a place mainly for just walking in the woods, but gread for collecting chestnuts and berries and good food.

The nice thing is, that the whole thing is only about 30 minutes from Frankfurt by car, so when the city gets too much, it is nice to get out to nature sometime.


tpkeefe says:
Great that you've been there as I'm thinking of going there myself one weekend when I'm in the Frankfurt area.
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
martinezsmi says:
you bribe kids for shame
love the pics have to put it on my list of things to see
Posted on: Aug 09, 2008
oldschoolbill says:
It is amazing how many GREAT places do not require large amounts of $$$$ to enjoy. You have a wonderful way with words, you make me laugh, & I like to laugh. I look foward to reading & enjoying more! Thank You.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2008
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The entrance
The entrance
North Gate from Inside - or was it…
North Gate from Inside - or was i…
Bathrooms - the little whole is wh…
Bathrooms - the little whole is w…
A rebuild well
A rebuild well
Roman Fashion
Roman Fashion
In the horreum
In the horreum
inside the fort
inside the fort
same house from the other side
same house from the other side
you only get to see this on the gu…
you only get to see this on the g…
He is just being bored
He is just being bored
A close up from the new walls...
A close up from the new walls...
The guy that greets you welcome at…
The guy that greets you welcome a…
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