Trier is Germany’s oldest city. Rich in history and cute spots, this city has something to offer for everyone. Check out this blog post for what to do in Trier, Germany.
Hello everyone & welcome back to my blog! In today’s post, I am going to talk about our (unexpected) trip to Trier. We originally planned on staying in and getting our house in order, but instead, we decided to get in the car and drive 2h north to Trier! Trier is one of the places I got to explore when moving to Germany and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Tips & fun facts about Trier:
- There is going to be a lot of walking involved so be prepared!
- Driving to Trier is very easy and so is parking. Just like any other German city, there are parking garages everywhere.
- Trier is very close to the Luxembourg border! You can stop by Trier for a couple of hours when driving to Luxembourg.
- Trier has a very Italian vibe. That is because it was conquered by the Romans for a long period of time. You can still see the Roman influence in their buildings (more on that below!)
- Fun fact: It is the birthplace of Karl Marx!
- We were lucky enough to visit when a small beer fest was happening in town!
At the end of this post, there is a map with all the places mentioned.
What to do in Trier:
▷ Porta Nigra:
This was our first stop. The Porta Nigra is a large Roman Gate situated in the centre of the city. It was my favourite sight in all the city! Trier was the capital of a Roman province, as well as the home of the Roman Emperor Constantine. The Porta Nigra is the biggest gate in the Alps and still serves as a gateway to the central, cobblestone area of Trier.
You can climb up the Porta Nigra and get panoramic views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, the office was closed when we went!
▷ Walk around the main square:
There’s something that I love about major, old European cities. I always walk around and look at the apartment buildings and imagine myself living there. People watching is one of our favourite past times and I imagine myself hurriedly walking down the cobbled streets to get on the tram or drinking coffee at the local coffee shop.
Trier was one of those cities that gave me that vibe. I will be returning before we leave Germany!
▷ Trier Cathedral (St Peter’s Cathedral):
Trier Cathedral is the oldest Cathedral in Germany. It dates back to the year 326 during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine. It’s interior is perhaps the most interesting part of the whole Cathedral. Here, you can see some of the oldest religious relics in Europe. It is said that Empress Helena was the one that brought the relics to Trier! The Cathedral is free to walk in.
▷ Visit the Imperial Baths:
The imperial baths are a large bath complex. Furthermore, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The baths show the vast systems of baths and saunas used by the Romans and give you an idea of just how important Trier was during Roman times. Click here for more information.
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- Karl Marx House
- Aula Palatina
- Roman Bridge
- Barbara Baths
- St Matthia’s Abbey
After drinking a couple of beers, we headed to our friends’ place, slept there and headed back home to our cats! Trier will always hold a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to be back in this beautiful, vibrant city.
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Until the next one.
Yours Truly, Rebecca.