Living Danube Limes is an EU funded Interreg Danube Transnational Programme project and focuses on connecting, enlivening, researching, preserving and highlighting the Roman Danube Limes as transnational cultural heritage of enormous significance, in order to create a sound foundation for a future European Cultural Route. Living Danube Limes stands for: Valorising cultural heritage and fostering sustainable tourism by LIVING the common heritage on the DANUBE LIMES as basis for a cultural route. Project objectives: • Main objective of the project is the connection of the Danube region through its common Roman heritage. The project seeks to support its preservation through the creation of consciousness for the value of common heritage, while respecting local differences, particularities, and creating sensibility, that the Roman Danube Limes was not just a border fortification network, but also a vast trading zone with a lot of mobility. • The project supports the UNESCO World Heritage nomination of the entire Danube Limes, specially focusing on the nomination process for Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. • Another main objective of the project is laying the foundations for a future European Cultural Route traversing the entire Danube Region. • The fostering of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism through tourism strategies specifically created for the Danube Limes region is another prime objective of Living Danube Limes. Outputs of the project: • A Roman Danube ship of the 4th century AD will be reconstructed, using Roman tool replicas, over the course of the project and will cruise down the entire Danube in 2022, with an international living-history crew on board, in order to highlight the connecting character of the Roman Danube Limes. After the end of the project, the ship will be at the disposal of each project pilot-site for one year, in order to serve as attraction and motivation for further investment into the pilot-site. • Through the application of modern non-invasive archaeological geo-prospection at chosen pilot-sites, various research gaps will be closed. • A Living Danube Limes app will be created in order to host a comprehensive and easy to access archaeological and historic catalogue of the Danube region, which will merge data from predecessor initiatives with new data gained through the research activities carried out in Living Danube Limes. • Virtual und augmented reality reconstructions of original Roman Limes infrastructure will be created from the data of the geophysical prospections at the project pilot-sites and will then be hosted on the Living Danube Limes app. • The establishment of a transnational museum cluster will further the common presentation of Roman heritage in the Danube Region, in order to create better visibility and understanding of the vastness and importance of this connecting historic landscape. Reaching out to the people – making the common Roman past tangible: • The project will establish eight national pilot-sites with regular public activities such as living-history events and workshops on historic crafting methods. • Physical reconstructions at the pilot-sites will complement the virtual reality reconstructions and invite more interest and should lead to follow-up projects and investment at the site. • Workshops for the dissemination of historic crafting techniques will be organised and documented. • A living-history cruise from Germany to the Black Sea, with international living-history groups steering the reconstructed Roman ship of the 4th century AD, will be organised at the end of the project. The ship and its crew will be halting at each pilot-site in order to participate in a living-history festival there, which will further allow for a large array of interactions with the public.


Duration 01/07/2020 - 31/12/2022
Funding EU

Department for Building and Environment

Center for Cultural Property Protection

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Anna Maria Kaiser
Project members
Thomas Horak-Thurwachter, BA MA
Marko Jelusic, MA


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Kaiser, A.; Ployer, R.; Woller, R. (Hrsg.) (2023). Leben am Donaulimes. WBG Theiss, Darmstadt

Thüry, G.; Kaiser, A. (2023). Schriftlichkeit und Bildung. Fortunas „Goldene Gabe“. Archäologie in Deutschland, Sonderheft 27 2023, Leben am Donaulimes: 62-67, WBG Theiss

Kaiser, A.; Diers, L.; Kovács, G.M.; Vukoszávlyev, Z.; Woller, R. (Hrsg.) (2022). Living Danube Limes. Valorising cultural heritage and fostering sustainable tourism by LIVING the common heritage on the DANUBE LIMES as a basis for a Cultural Route. Archaeolingua, Budapest

Kaiser, A.; Woller, R.; Dreyer, B.; Jelusic, M. (2022). Die spätantike Danuvina alacris (navis) im Projekt Living Danube Limes. In: Dreyer, B., Die Fridericiana Alexandrina Navis (F.A.N). Ein Römerboot auf dem Prüfstand – Bau und Test für Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit: 556-581, WBG Academic, Darmstadt

Kaiser, A.; Woller, R. (2021). Preservation, sustainable use and revitalization of Roman heritage along the Danube - The EU Interreg DTP project "Living Danube Limes". Építés – Építészettudomány, 49 (1-2): 155-169

Kaiser, A.; Dreyer, B. (2021). Danuvina Alacris. Römische Werkzeuge für die Rekonstruktion einer lusoria, einem Donauschiff aus dem 4. Jh. n. Chr. / Danuvina Alacris. Roman tools for the reconstruction of a 4th century CE lusoria, a Danube river boat. In: WMB Weinviertel Museum Betriebs GmbH, Experimentelle Archäologie / Experimental Archaeology: 82-87, WMB Weinviertel Museum Betriebs GmbH, Mistelbach

Woller, R; Kaiser, A. (2021). Das Projekt Living Danube Limes. Acta Carnuntina, 11/2: 20-25, Gesellschaft der Freunde Carnuntums


Living Danube Limes, Communication & Social Media

INFORM EU, 06/06/2023

Living Danube Limes

DigKult_2023 Symposium Krems, 18/04/2023

Cultural Heritage Protection Strategies

International Conference “Danube Limes as a Sustainable Brand Destination”, 09/11/2022

Living Danube Limes Experiences: Connecting Cruise 2022

International Conference “Danube Limes as a Sustainable Brand Destination”, 09/11/2022

Living Danube Limes

Touristische Inwertsetzung von Projekten des EU-Donauraumprogramms, 14/10/2022

The Late Antique Lusoria of the Living Danube Limes project

12th Experimental Archaeology Conference #EAC12, World Tour, 01/04/2021

Living Danube Limes. An EU Interreg DTP Project

Hadrian's Wall "virtual" Networking Days, 04/03/2021

The Interreg Danube Transnational Programme Project “Living Danube Limes

Scientific Conference in Memory of Gyula Hajnóczi. Conference of Architectural Historians and Monument Researchers III, 12/11/2020

Living Danube Limes

8. Koordinationssitzung „Strategiegruppe Tourismus in der EUSDR“, Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft, Regionen und Tourismus, 10/11/2020

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