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Augusta Raurica is an archaeological site at the confluence of the river Ergolz and the Rhine. It is 11 km to the southeast of Basel, Switzerland, near the village of Augst and Kaiseraugst.

Augusta Raurica is the oldest Roman colony along the river Rhine. It was established by Lucius Munatius Plancus in 44 BC on a site that was already a Gallic settlement. The town reached its peak in AD 200, when it had a population of 20,000 people. From then on it gradually declined, its power eroded by repeated attacked from Alemani tribes. By AD 350 Augusta Raurica had largely been abandoned.

Excavations at Augusta Raurica has revealed Roman ruins that are now being carefully restored. They include the Roman amphitheatre, temples, baths and sewers. There is also a forum and numerous Roman houses.

Visiting Augusta Raurica

You can go to Augusta Raurica by bus from Basel. The site is located on the bank of the River Rhine. From Basel, take Bus 70 to Augst, when walk 10 minutes to reach Augusta Raurica. If you are coming by car, exit the Expressway at the Augst Exit then follow the brown signboard to Augusta Raurica.

Sights & Attractions in Augusta Raurica

  1. Römermuseum
    Museum of Roman artifacts located in nearby Kaiseraugst displaying items discovered on site.
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