Roman Tongeren

Most of the legacy of the Roman occupiers is safely stored away in the Gallo-Roman Museum, which is home to a treasure trove of Roman relicts. However, there are still visible traces of our Roman forefathers in Tongeren’s city centre and surrounding municipalities.

Roman city wall

Did you know that the Roman wall was not intended to serve as a defence wall, but as a status symbol for the proud city? Around a third of the original wall is still intact. The green Milestone Route will take you past the best preserved parts, located on Caesarlaan and Legioenenlaan. Don’t miss the Roman temple site on Caesarlaan.

Roman temple site

Long ago, there was a impressive temple on the northern edges of the city. It was one of the most imposing buildings for miles around. We are not sure which Roman deity the temple was dedicated to, or whether it was used for the imperial cult. But we can still get a realistic impression of the original site from the archaeological remains.

The Roman Temple is on the green Milestone Route. It can be entered either through Keversstraat or the steps of the Roman Wall on Caesarlaan.


Roman aqueduct - This beautiful walking area near the city centre is the remnant of a Roman aqueduct. The artificial earth embankment used to contain wooden water basins and provided Tongeren with drinking water. It is recognised as a protected archaeological monument, the largest in Belgium.

On the green Milestone Route you can join the heritage walk Verborgen Moois Beukenberg (Hidden Beauty in Beukenberg).


Just outside the centre, you can find the remains of several tumuli, or Roman burial grounds. The tumulus on the Roman road is a Gallo-Roman burial mound dating from the 1st - 3rd century. The Herstappe tomb is located alongside Hoeise Kassei in Lauw, a borough of Tongeren.