Relive the gallo-roman period and discover a restored open-air market town
While working in the fields in the meadow of the “Klosters Ungnade”, the monks from Wörschweiler abbey came across fire ashes and the ruins of walls. They reported that there had once been a Roman town here, that would have been as large as Worms at that time. The Roman town, which dates back to a Celtic settlement, had around 2500 inhabitants and was burned to the ground in 275 BC. Schwarzenacker (literally Black field) takes its name from the scorched earth.
Since 1954, and on a larger scale since 1965, excavations have been taking place in Schwarzenacker. The remains of a Roman staging town have come to light, the name of which is currently unknown. On the excavation site, valuable and superbly crafted examples of Roman arts and crafts have been recovered.
Parts of the buildings have been rebuilt and, together with the remaining masonry work, the grounds, roads and canals, these now form the roman open-air museum.
In the neighbouring Edelhaus there are finds that are well worth seeing, as they vividly reflect life in a Roman country town.
Summer Opening Hours : April – October : Mon – Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm – Winter Opening Hours : Februaru, March November : Mon – Sun 10:00am – 4:00pm (closed the day before Shrove Tuesday. Closed in December and in January.)