Xanten, APX, Teile der früheren Stadtmauer, © Axel Thuenker dgph

Ar­chae­olo­gic­al Park Xanten


The Archäo­lo­gis­cher Park Xanten (APX) in­vites vis­it­ors to an ex­cur­sion in­to four cen­tur­ies of Ro­man his­tory of Xanten. Ger­many’s largest ar­chae­olo­gic­al out­door mu­seum is perched on the premises of the Ro­man city of Co­lo­nia Ulpia Trai­ana.

Xanten may be a quaint rural town today, but it used to be one of the largest metropolises of Rome’s provinces in Germania. A harbour town on the Rhine, Colonia Ulpia Traiana counted among the 150 highest-ranking cities across the Roman Empire and was part of the Lower Germanic Limes.

Walk-in replicas in 1:1 scale

Visitors to the Archäologischer Park Xanten (APX) will find buildings reconstructed in their original sizes, including the city walls, harbour temple, and a colossal amphitheatre. Rather than being mere stage sets, they are full walk-in replicas constructed in the original building methods. Visitors can immerse themselves in the lives of the Romans here, experiencing how they used to live, work, and host festive spectacles in the arena. While the Roman inn is offering travellers comfortable accommodation with food and a heated bath house, the Roman craftspeople’s buildings are presenting the lives and livelihoods of Colonia Ulpia Traiana’s simpler people: Smiths and weavers will ply their crafts in the workshops here on particular weekends.


Not only the park offers plenty of opportunity for amazement: the LVR-Römermuseum affords a unique combination of archaeological fortification and modern museum architecture. Built on the Roman foundations of the Basilika Thermarum, the entrance hall of the Roman city baths and the largest building anywhere in the Colonia, the museum is hosting a permanent exhibition with original finds such as weapons and equipment of the Roman army from the city and the legion’s camps. Exhibits that can be touched, tried out, and examined enable visitors to experience the world of the Romans. Remnants of the Roman city bath’s foundation walls have been preserved, too, allowing visitors to inspect the outlines of bathing pools, heating ducts, and fireplaces while getting an idea of the monumental size of this antique building.

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Xanten, APX, Fundamente des römischen Stadtbades, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Außenansicht des LVR-Römermuseums, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Römerfest im Amphitheater, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Hafentempel, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Ausgrabungsstätten beim LVR-Römermuseum, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Innenansicht des LVR-Römermuseums, © Axel Thuenker dgph
Xanten, APX, Historische Werkstatt, © Axel Thuenker DGPh
Xanten, APX, LVR-Römermuseum bei Nacht, © Axel Thuenker DGPh

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LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten
Bahnhofstr. 46–50
46509 Xanten

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Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Holiday 09:00 - 18:00

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