“All roads lead to Cologne” – Cologne was the seat of the governor and a central hub in Roman Rhineland. It was where the most important highways in the Germania Inferior province all met. Within the scope of the VIA project, the permanent and prominently positioned exhibition on the upper floor will be given an added highlight – namely a reconstructed Roman coach will be displayed on a large platform and complemented by original ancient finds belonging to the Cologne collection. An audio play about people travelling in the Roman emperor’s entourage begins with a congestion alert – his convoy has once again got stuck in a traffic jam on the highway. The new display shows, from a number of perspectives, just how advanced and amazingly comfortable travel was in Roman times.
Using a media slider, visitors can discover virtual the “Tabula Peutingeriana” – the medieval copy of a richly illustrated “itinerarium” - a Roman road map. It impressively shows the magnitude and networking of the Roman road system and lists routes and numerous points along the routes in the whole of the then known world.