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“Römerstraßen-Infozentrum” Nettersheim in the “Naturzentrum Eifel”

The Roman Road Information Centre in Nettersheim is housed in the “Naturzentrum Eifel“, a national visitor centre with nature and history exhibitions, tourist info, museum shop and café. It is open 7 days a week.

Was travel in Roman times actually that comfortable? An inkling can be obtained outside the centre by taking a look at the replica of a Roman coach.

The “Naturzentrum Eifel” – a visitor attraction in the Eifel countryside with indoor and outdoor exhibitions and seminars 
Credit: Gemeinde Nettersheim
The “Naturzentrum Eifel” – a visitor attraction in the Eifel countryside with indoor and outdoor exhibitions and seminars
Credit: Gemeinde Nettersheim
An authentic experience: travelling in a Roman coach 
Credit: Gemeinde Nettersheim
An authentic experience: travelling in a Roman coach
Credit: Gemeinde Nettersheim
Visualisation of the outdoor exhibition, “Raw Materials in Roman Times”
Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de
Visualisation of the outdoor exhibition, “Raw Materials in Roman Times”
Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de
Artistic craftsmanship – the Roman products from the Eifel unite style and elegance, find spot in Nettersheim, 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Artistic craftsmanship – the Roman products from the Eifel unite style and elegance, find spot in Nettersheim, 2nd - 3rd century AD.

On the ground floor, an introductory module with touch screen and large scale map provides detailed information – in German – about the Roman roads in Rhineland and mobility in general in Roman times. There are also suggestions for exciting things to see and do and there is an overview of all the monuments along the Via Agrippa (internal link) and the Via Belgica (internal link) that are well worth a visit. For children, there is an interactive quiz.

The muesum shop is great for browsing – replicas of Roman and Frankish finds, a rich selection of literature, maps and souvenirs typical for the region.

The Roman Road Info Centre has led to the archaeological exhibition on the upper floor being given a new focal topic – the Eifel as an economic region. Why was the northern Eifel so important for the Romans? Raw materials were to be found not far from the provincial capital of Cologne: ore for the production of metals, stone for building, wood for crafts and trade. Like in the whole archaeological exhibition, “have a go” stations are ideal for playing and finding out a whole lot more. A premiere: finds stemming from the Roman settlement discovered in 2009 will be exhibited for the very first time. 

Archaeological Park

The new archaeological park of the vicus of Nettersheim
The new archaeological park of the vicus of Nettersheim

Parts of the Roman settlement and the Roman road close to the Naturzentrum Eifel are best viewed – free of charge – on foot when absorbing Roman history on a four-kilometre circular path between the Roman settlement and today’s town of Nettersheim either alone, with the family or accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Viewing points and resting places open up fascinating perspectives of the former buildings and roads. 

Location and how to get there

The “Römerstraßen-Infozentrum” (Roman Road Info Centre) in Nettersheim is easy to reach.

By car
The A 1 autobahn is only 1.5 km) away – Nettersheim exit.

By train
Trains on the Trier-Cologne line run every hour. Nettersheim station lies right next to the “Naturzentrum Eifel” (Eifel Wildlife Centre) and the Roman Road Info Centre.