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Carnuntum

The past begins here.

The Roman City Carnuntum brings history and science back to life.

Let yourself be transported back in time and experience life from 1.700 years ago in the here and now.

At the internationally unique rebuilt city quarter, heated Roman baths, colorful murals and an elegant urban villa await the visitors.

Two amphitheaters and a gladiators' practice arena explore the realms of ancient arena fighters.

Precious artefacts pay witness to the high living standard and Roman everyday life at the Museum Carnuntinum.

Year after year, up to 50 tour guides share their knowledge with our visitors in ten different languages.

Carnuntum's mediterranean atmosphere captivates throughout the entire season.

The European Commission honoured Carnuntum's unique museum presentation by awarding the European Cultural Heritage Label.

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Orientation in the Roman City Carnuntum

  • Roman City Quarter

    Roman City Quarter

    In the former Roman Civilan City of Carnuntum ideal type buildings of an ancient Roman city were reconstructed on the original location: a citizen's house, an upscale urban villa and public Roman baths. A semi reconstruction shields the only preserved floor mosaic which remained in Carnuntum from harsh weather conditions.


    Hauptstraße 1 A
    2404 Petronell-Carnuntum 

  • Gladiators' practice arena

    The discovery of Carnuntum’s gladiator school located about 800 m away from the Civilian City's Amphitheatre with methods of virtual archaeology was a world sensation in 2011. After partial excavations three years later, its wooden practice arena was reconstructed in its original location. 

Walking distance from Roman City Quarter: approx. 10 min.

    Gladiators' practice arena

    The discovery of Carnuntum’s gladiator school located about 800 m away from the Civilian City's Amphitheatre with methods of virtual archaeology was a world sensation in 2011. After partial excavations three years later, its wooden practice arena was reconstructed in its original location.

    Walking distance from Roman City Quarter: approx. 10 min.

  • Military City's Amphitheatre

    The smaller and older of Carnuntum's two amphitheaters built first of wood and later of stone lies halfway between the Roman City Quarter and the Museum Carnuntinum.
 
Wiener Straße 52, 2405 Bad Deutsch-Altenburg

    Military City's Amphitheatre

    The smaller and older of Carnuntum's two amphitheaters built first of wood and later of stone lies halfway between the Roman City Quarter and the Museum Carnuntinum.

    Wiener Straße 52, 2405 Bad Deutsch-Altenburg

  • Museum Carnuntinum

    Inaugurated in 1904 by Emperor Francis Joseph, Carnuntum's treasury in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg is the Roman City's oldest museum location.

Badgasse 40 - 46, 2405 Bad Deutsch-Altenburg

    Museum Carnuntinum

    Inaugurated in 1904 by Emperor Francis Joseph, Carnuntum's treasury in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg is the Roman City's oldest museum location.

    Badgasse 40 - 46, 2405 Bad Deutsch-Altenburg

  • Civilian City's Amphitheatre

    Built after the amphitheatre of the Military City, this complex was situated outside the ancient city walls.

Walking distance: approx. 10 min. from the Roman City Quarter

    Civilian City's Amphitheatre

    Built after the amphitheatre of the Military City, this complex was situated outside the ancient city walls.

    Walking distance: approx. 10 min. from the Roman City Quarter

  • Heidentor (Heathen's Gate)

    The Heidentor (Heathens' Gate) about 900 metres south of the civilian city is Carnuntum's most famous emblem.

Walking distance: approx. 20 min. from the Roman City Quarter.

Heidentorgasse, 2404 Petronell-Carnuntum

    Heidentor (Heathen's Gate)

    The Heidentor (Heathens' Gate) about 900 metres south of the civilian city is Carnuntum's most famous emblem.

    Walking distance: approx. 20 min. from the Roman City Quarter.

    Heidentorgasse, 2404 Petronell-Carnuntum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconstructions

The time of the Romans in Carnuntum is not in the long-ago past, which can be seen by a few remains of walls, but it is the present which can be experienced with all one’s senses.  In the reconstructed Roman city quarter you are literally a guest in the Romans’ living rooms. Four structures have been reconstructed true to the original with loving attention to detail: a citizen's house, an elegant city manion and Roman baths. Semi-reconstructed, the domus quarta shields Carnuntum's only preserved floor mosaic against weather damage, a practice arena of the gladiator school discovered in 2011 was rebuilt directly next to the Civil City's Amphitheatre.

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Lucius' house

Haus des Lucius_olschinsky 6_800x480px.jpgThe so-called Lucius’ house was the first fully-functioning structure reconstructed in Carnuntum on the original site. It was given its name after an inscription that was found on site which referred to a certain Lucius Maticeius Clemens, very probably a former owner of the house.

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villa urbana

 

villa urbana 1_800x480px.jpgThe villa urbana was a splendid city mansion and impressively shows the lifestyle of the Carnuntum upper classes. Those who could afford it tried to bring Rome’s standard of living to the farthest provinces.



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Roman baths

Roemische Therme_olschinsky 6_800x480px.jpg Visiting the thermae was a fixed part of the Roman way of life. In Carnuntum's Civilian City, the so far only fully functioning Roman public baths in the world were erected on the original site using ancient building technology.

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domus quarta

Domus_Quarta_04_800x480px.jpgTwo years after the completion of the Roman baths, the Roman City Quarter gained yet another attraction. The semi-reconstructed domus quarta is remarkable for Carnuntum's only preserved Roman floor mosaic. The building's dimensions and the mosaic indicate a wealthy owner.

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Gladiators' practice arena

Trainingsarena_M. Mezgolits_800x480px.JPG Carnuntum’s gladiator school next to the Civilian City's Amphitheatre was discovered in 2011. Three years later, its wooden practice arena with an inner diameter of 14 metres and two audience rows was reconstructed in its original location.

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Carnuntum: Smithsonian Magazine's Coverstory

Carnuntum made it onto the cover of the esteemed US-American science magazine! A ten-page article delves into the ancient realm of gladiators disclosing new secrets about their
lives discovered in Carnuntum and elsewhere.

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Carnuntum with kids

Carnuntum brings real adventures for children and meaningful recreational programmes.   Games, fun and amusing explanations about Roman times make an ideal weekend excursion or day out in the holidays.  Children and families love our guided tours and programmes adapted for children, all sorts of special events and not least the true-to-life presentation of Roman life in the reconstructed city quarter in the middle of a spacious outdoor area with playground and lots of room for romping about.    


 

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