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Recreation of Cultural Heritage ('Virtual Limes World')


An innovative use of the Leader approach and measure 323 (Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage) to recreate the cultural heritage of an important archaeological site in Germany using a computerised ‘3D model’



The Upper German Raetian Limes has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2005. The former frontier, which dates from the 2nd/3rd centuries AD and extends for 550 km, is Germany's largest archeological monument and has become an international tourist destination. Today only short sections of the archeological site remain visible along its entire length and the LAG "Limes Region" has been set up in Baden-Württemberg to make its cultural heritage more accessible and more understandable


A complete reconstruction of the Limes in situ is not possible, but EAFRD funds are being used to breathe new life into its cultural heritage. The project aims to a) provide visitors and local residents with a historically correct picture of how the Limes appeared and functioned, and; b) set a new trend in close-to-nature tourism using interactive 3D technology in order to attract visitors and generate added value in a structurally-weak area

Main activities

An interactive 3D world in which visitors can find out about the Limes in their original environment is being created based upon land surveys made by helicopter using precision laser technology. The high level of penetration of the laser scanning technology allows the former characteristic features of the Limes to be revealed despite the wooded landscape. This includes the position of watchtowers and forts, burial mounds as well as the reconstruction of vegetation and road systems

Results & Benefits

The project work has created interactive products that assist with the visualisation and thus the 'experience' of the Limes world for a visitor. This includes: i) an interactive 3D presentation with real-time environment for museums, information centres and partner municipalities; ii) an interactive website "Virtual Limes World", and; iii) a multimedia DVD with information on the Limes, examples of architecture, animated sequences, interactive games etc.

Lessons learnt

"Although the municipalities neighbouring the Limes welcomed the promotion of our joint cultural heritage initially, the scepticism regarding the viability of financing was initially high", explains Johannes Fuchs, Chairman of LEADER Limes Region, "The willingness for investment from our 11 municipal partners was ultimately supported by the EU and the State of Baden-Württemberg in the amount of € 126,000 and the Rems Murr district"

Project location and other information

11 out of a total of 37 municipalities in the Leader Limes region



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

200 000

Private contribution (€)

74 000

Contact name

Andrea Schilp-Stölzle


+49 7151 5011537

Languages for contact

English, German

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Public/local authorities

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Improving quality of life in rural areas
• 323. Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage


Historical site, Information technology, Rural tourism, Cultural heritage, Education

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