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Archaeological Park Xanten in Ruhr

Roman ruins and visitors
© Archäologischer Park Xanten / Axel Thünker DGPh

The Archaeological Park Xanten is Germany’s largest open-air museum for archaeology. In connection with the Roman museum, it delivers a fascinating insight into Roman history. The Park contains reconstructed full-scale buildings such as the harbour temple and Roman hostel as well as the city wall.

One special reconstruction is the amphitheatre, which in Roman times was the scene of bloody fights. Today the location hosts open air concerts, operas and musicals during the annual summer festival.

In addition to the arena, themed pavilions give insights to such topics as travel and traffic in Roman society. For children the park offers several adventurous playgrounds and a house full of Roman games.

The Roman Museum in Xanten leads visitors through local history from the invasion of their legions and the rise of a civilian metropolis to its downfall in late antiquity. As in the Archaeological Park, people are welcome to try, touch and make their own experiences.

By Anneke Söpper, edited VG, Mar 19 2021

LVR-Archäologischer Park Xanten

Trajanstrasse 4
46509 Xanten

+49 2801 988 9213

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We stand in a foreign culture finding ourselves pointing, gesticulating and hoping to be understood. Germans mostly speak at least some English. However, some expats relocating to Düsseldorf may wish to carry a few basic but helpful words with them for use in awkward moments.


A great way to get to know the Ruhr Metropolis is to take inspiring and rewarding walks. Whether in urban or rural landscapes, take a pause, interact and allow details to become noticeable. Admiring quaint architecture, strolling side streets, the riverbanks or numerous woodlands brings joy to the soul.

Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

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