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Review of Archaeologiepark Xanten

Archaeologiepark Xanten
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Xanten
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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
“APX”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Not as good as expected. Museum good but some other parts either undergoing building work or not very impressive

Visited September 2013
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Norfolk, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

We went here on a Sunday. I had been here as a child, but couldn't remember much about the place and after reading the reviews that it wouldn't take long to go around, I was expecting something quite small that would occupy us for a morning. As it turned out there is so much to see here that we were here for 8 hours and thoroughly enjoyed our day!

The museum entrance is €9 per adult and they give you a map of the park. There are a lot of information signs and these are in German, English and Dutch. We came here on quite a wet day, but we juggled the indoor and outdoor stuff as the weather changed and managed to stay more-or-less dry.

There are a lot of foundation remains (the town was pillaged for building materials after the fall of the Roman town) and they have done some clever reconstruction so you get a good feel for how things looked. There are some complete reconstructions (such as the guest house) and some partial ones (such as the ampitheatre). You can go round part of the walls and the entrance tower. The park is immense.

There is a large ruin of a public bath house which was good to go round and this was attached to an absolutely ENORMOUS museum. The exhibits were done really well, and though there seemed to be more information on some of the little signs in German, they did at least explain the basics in English, and the bigger information exhibits were equally translated. There are lockers downstairs to leave your bags and valuables (€1 returnable coin) and there are places to hang coats and umbrellas.

There is a play park for children and there is a restaurant and a snack place. We ate in the snack place and had soup of the day (a very nice potato soup) and schnitzel and chips. They did a lovely fennel bread.

On summer weekends they have people in Roman costume doing crafts with the children, and there is a building with lots of Roman games for them to play with (this was only explained in German though).

All in all we had a wonderful day and found it really interesting. We saw everything the park had to offer except the Roman temple which was closed for some kind of work being carried out, and another building that was just too far to get to at the end of the day when we were tired and needed to be heading back to the airport.

I would recommend giving it a try. In Xanten you also have the Rhein river to see, and there are lakes you can swim in. There was an absolutely vast cathedral, but we didn't have time to go and seek out this part of town. It was very imposing and impressive.

Visited August 2013
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Leuven, Belgium
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“An imperial walk through time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

Pretend to be a gladiator or a spectator in the amphitheater, walk on the gate walls and imagine that you were a Roman soldier on guard duty, stand in the temple and think you were a Roman priest asking the gods for another glorious victory of the Roman empire,... This is fascinating day out for children and parents interested in history. We were there on a very sunny warm summer day and I could even pretend to be in Rome. Even if the weather is not that nice, it is still a highly recommended day trip because the museum has a lot of interesting things on display shown in an attractive manner. The signs are in German, English and Dutch which was very nice. On a sunny day, you should bring your lunch and eat it somewhere outside in the park. The medieval town of Xanten is only a short walk away and there is plenty of free parking space at the archeological park. The entrance fee of 9 Euro for adults (and free for children under 18!) is really more than worth it.

Visited July 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“On dry days only”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

You will find the park next to the Xanten village.
It shows some rebuild remains of the old Roman neighbourhood. Most of the materials are new, although they were made look old. Take a 15-20 minute walk between the attractions, looking over the large (grass) fields. Go to the theatre, the temple and find the ready-to-use bathtub, in one of the houses. The museum has lots of small parts and (digital) story's (extra luggage has to be stored).
Children find their playground (as their parents can sit).
You can have a meal or a snack, depending how much time you have.

Visited June 2013
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Go on a sunny day!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

Archaeologically I'm not sure how exciting this park is, as it seems that most of it is "reconstructions." That being said, it's fun and interesting. Many of the museum signs are in English, but you can also pick up a guide in English for 3 Euros at the entrance. The site is large and they're working on a reconstruction of a Roman home. It's a nice place to explore on a pretty day.

Visited April 2013
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