Augusta Raurica - an ancient Roman city
Augusta Raurica, near Basel in Switzerland, is more than 2000 years old and is considered one of the most important Roman archaeological sites in the world. The whole area is like a city that comes alive, where you can experience the ancient way of life by baking bread with a wood burner, making pottery like the Romans or other interesting activities such as participating in real archaeological excavations or having a picnic in one Amphitheater. And the best part? Most parts of the city can be visited for free!
A team of 60 people works every day to uncover this cultural heritage, renovate the excavations and make it accessible to the public. The city is a real treasure trove gold mine - the sights include more than 20 monuments, the largest ever built bronze city model, the best preserved theater on the north side of the Alps, which has 10,000 spectators, an underground well structure for 1800 years completely untouched and the 1600 years old parish church St. Gallus.
In addition, you can not only go for a walk and look around, but also touch everything!
In Augusta Raurica is an impressive museum - it houses more than 1.7 million objects, including finds that total of 58 kg of silver and are considered the most valuable and important treasures of late antiquity.
The Roman house offers furniture and many everyday items that you can also touch. e
Every August 29th and 30th, Augusta Raurica hosts a Roman festival that attracts more than 20,000 guests.
Most parts of the city, statues and zoos can be visited free of charge.
The museum and the Roman house entrance fees:
Adults: CHF 8.-
Children and adolescents (6-17 years), students: CHF 6.-
1CHF = 0.95 EUR
Every day from 10:00 to 17:00
Closed on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.
Telephone number: +41 (0) 61 552 22 22
Address: Giebenacherstrasse 17, 4302 Augst, Switzerland
Additional information: http://www.augustaraurica.ch/
Information updated: 4 March 2019