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Augusta Raurica - Step Back in Time

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Are you familiar with Augusta Raurica? Have you ever visited this ancient wonder?

Augusta Raurica is home to gorgeously preserved Roman ruins. Each day, a team of researchers works hard to continue to discover and better understand the history of this incredible place.

A short 20 minute bus ride from Basel will get you to the town of Augst, a modern town built on the roman ruins of Augusta Raurica, the oldest known Roman colony on the Rhine river.Though this is a tourist attraction, the area is certainly worth a visit. With a gorgeous amphitheater, the Roman house, a museum, and an animal park, this area makes a perfect family outing.

Once onsite and after visiting the museum, we highly recommend the short hike that allows you to walk around the perimeter of the area. With questions and clues, children are engaged as they participate in this short, pleasant stroll. Please see the map below for all of the details.

Hike Details:

Location: Augst

Start: Parkplatz 1

Finish: Parkplatz 1

Time: 1:00 - add another hour for the extension

Length: 2.7 km - the extension adds on another 2.2 km

Time: 1:00 - add another hour for the extension

Trail Type: Easy

Loop Hike

Stroller Friendly, with a few stairs to navigate.

No water or toilets available along the route.

The trail is accessible year - round.

If you are looking for a fabulous family event in July, consider a visit to Augusta Raurica during their annual Roman Days. My children attending a couple of years ago and were captivated by the activities, especially the onsite Gladiator simulated fight. During your visit, there are activities and workshops available onsite. Wow!

To discover the fascinating history of Augusta Raurica, visit

The outside areas of Augusta Raurica are free to the public and open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Museum Hours and Cost:

If you wish to visit the museum, the hours are: Monday through Friday 13:00 - 17:00. The morning hours are reserved for school visits.

Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 17:00.

The museum is closed on December 24, 25 and 31 and the 1st of January.

Admission cost for the museum is CHF 8, which includes a visit to the Roman House and the reduce ticket price is CHF 6.


Augusta Raurica

Giebenacherstrasse 17

4302 Augst

Tip: If your child is enamored with history, Augusta Raurica hosts birthday parties. With four options for birthday themes including the opportunity to bake Roman bread, to pottery making, to working with herbs and finally, the opportunity to work with colorful stones, there is something for everyone.


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