Limes Germanicus, 83–260 A.D.

Limes Germanicus 83–260 A.D.

Reconstruction of the Upper German Limes at Kohorten-Kastell Zugmantel. The Roman castle provided auxiliary infantry patrols and guard detachments for this section of the Limes located at a strategically important pass across the Taunus mountains. The picture shows a section of the palisade and a reconstructed watchtower as seen from the hostile side of the border. Behind the palisade is a V-shaped ditch and rampart. The palisade stakes are cut differently than those used near Kohorten-Kastell Saalburg, and the rampart is much higher. Stone watchtowers were normally plastered and painted to achieve an imitated brickwork effect sporting white bricks with red joints. Zugmantel castle is well worth a visit, because of the reconstructed watchtower, palisade and rampart.

Limes Germanicus

View from the rampart across the ditch and palisade

View from the rampart across the ditch and palisade

View across the crown of the rampart and the top of the palisade

View across the crown of the rampart and the top of the palisade

View from the ditch at the palisade

View from the ditch at the palisade

Cross section of the Limes: watchtower and rampart left, palisade right

Cross section of the Limes: watchtower and rampart left, palisade right

View from the ditch at the rampart and watchtower

View from the ditch at the rampart and watchtower

Palisade stakes in a nearby wood

Palisade stakes in a nearby wood

Close-up of the palisade and watchtower

Close-up of the palisade and watchtower

Remnants of the rampart along the Limes walk

Remnants of the rampart along the Limes walk

Limes Germanicus, Kohorten-Kastell Zugmantel, and the Roman watchtower are popular tourist spots in this part of Germany. Modellers and wargamers interested in building the Limes in 1:72 scale will be greatly inspired by a visit to this beautifully reconstructed site.

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