Located near the villages of Borg and Oberleuken, the Roman Villa Borg is a beautifully reconstructed Roman villa that was discovered at the end of the 19th century. The site consists of a villa rustica agricultural facility that encompasses a large palatial residence and its surrounding settlement. Excavations have indicat-ed little activity at the site since Roman times, resulting in the preservation of its remains.
A local schoolteacher, Johann Schneider, first discovered the remains around the turn of the 20th century but it was until well after the war that excavations be-gan. In addition to the Roman-era foundations, researchers also discovered evi-dence of pre-Roman inhabitation and traces of Iron Age structures, Beaker cul-ture settlements and Neolithic period tools.
Today visitors to the Roman Villa Borg can wander amidst the authentically re-constructed buildings to gain an appreciation of how the site would have once looked, with the foundation walls replicated as they would have appeared in the 2nd or 3rd century. Explore the fully functional baths, complete with latrines and a dressing room, then stroll through the large reception hall of the manor and admire the findings on display in the adjacent rooms.
Visitors are also invited to step into the Roman kitchen, then feast on ancient Roman recipes in the tavern. The buildings are surrounded by gardens that have been recreated based on pollen analysis and documentation, with a kitchen gar-den supplying fruits and vegetables and a herb garden that features spices and remedial plants. Be sure to stroll through the fragrant rose garden and inner courtyard garden that is adorned with ornate fountains.