5 Reasons to visit Trier while in Germany

Not far from Luxembourg is the historic city of  Trier. Located on the Mosel river within the famed wine region in southwestern Germany the city can easily be described as an enchanting city. 

We broke down five unique experiences that will make you want to visit this city when traveling the Mosel river.

Kaiserthermen - the Imperial Baths

Germany’s Oldest City – 

In its quest to take over all of Europe, and its location on the Mosel River as a route to Rome, in 16 BC the Roman Empire settled the area and renamed it Augusta Treverorum. Its location on the river maintained its importance into the Middle Ages.

As Germany’s oldest city, it is the prime location to find ancient treasures with many local museums and architectural sites that hold artifacts from thousands of years ago. 

Rome of the North – 

Trier became one of the largest cities within the Roman Empire and this is evident through the dozens of original monuments of Rome’s time here throughout the city. 

Porta Nigra – made of sandstone, estimated to be built around 170 AD, this site was originally part of a system of four city gates. Porta Nigra is the only remaining and the largest Roman gate still found to this day, North of the Alps.

Aula Palatina – is the throne hall that was built by Constantine the Great as a palace basilica. No longer connected to an ancient palace, this UNESCO World Heritage site is still used as a place of worship. 

Some other Roman sites to visit in Trier are Kaiserthermen, the Imperial Roman Baths and the Roman bridge from the 2nd century AD that connects both sides of the Mosel river.

Churches – 

Dom St. Peter – The oldest church in Germany, Trier Cathedral dates back to the Roman period and is well-known as the location for the Holy Robe of Jesus.

Liebfrauenkirche – Church of our Lady, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most significant churches in Germany as the oldest church in the country built in the French Gothic tradition. 

Other prominent churches in Trier are the still active monastery, St. Matthias’ Abbey, and the stunning, baroque Saint Paulinus’ Church.

Culture  – 

Despite its significance as an ancient location, Trier still offers an array of experiences. Dine at the many bistros and cafes or enjoy music in local performance centers or trendy clubs. Stumble across shops filled with local goods, flowers, and regional items while strolling through the city squares. 

As you stroll the streets of Trier, you will pass half-timbered homes and can discover the remains of Judengasse (Jews Alley) that dates back to the ancient days of the city until the Jewish expulsion in the early 1400’s.

Vineyards – 

The history of Trier wine is as old as the history of the city itself. During the Roman occupation, grapevines were brought to the region for winemaking. 

With its long history of winemaking, today Trier is a key wine village for producing the famed Riesling grape. Grown in slate soils with cool temperatures and regulated by the Mosel river, Trier creates Germany’s most popular fruit-forward mineral wines.

A highlight for wine lovers or history buffs alike is visiting Vereinigte Hospitien, the oldest cellar in Germany whose ancient walls date back to the Third Century. And for the active traveler, a hike or bicycle ride along the “Wine Culture trail” will lead you through miles and miles of vineyards that are linked to Trier’s city center.

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