Trier: At home with the Romans, Marx and the Prince-Bishop


Let’s take a stroll through history. Where could you do that better than in Germany’s oldest city? Trier is a city of superlatives. The city on the Moselle is home to numerous Unesco world heritage sites. And that’s by far not all. Get ready to make quite a few discoveries.

Let’s start straightaway with the highlight that is the landmark of the city of Trier – the Porta Nigra. It was built by the Romans and today, around 1,850 years later, the Black Gate is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and a must-see for anything to do with the Romans. Of course, it’s one of Unesco’s world heritage sites and most certainly a fantastic photo-op.

Just around the corner, directly behind the city museum, is the huge Karl Marx statue. The People’s Republic of China gave the 5.5-metre-high and 2.3-ton heavy bronze figure to the city of Trier on the 200th birthday of the capitalism critic. You can find out more about the life of the visionary who was born in Trier at the house he was born in, the Karl Marx House, which is today a fascinating museum.

The next stop, just a few hundred metres across Trier’s beautiful old town, is St Peter’s Cathedral, which is also a superlative, as it is the oldest episcopal church in Germany. Right beside it is another world cultural heritage site – the Gothic Church of Our Lady.

Your tour continues through the old town to the next big double act of the Basilica of Constantine and the Elector’s Palace. This ensemble from the originally Roman palace auditorium and the Renaissance and Rococo building, which served the prince-bishops of Trier as a residence, borders the palace garden in the south. This is a lovely place to take a well-earned break.

View of the Porta Nigra in Trier, Moselle valley

View of the Porta Nigra in Trier, Moselle valley

Golden tip

Worth gold

The Petrisberg with the Luxembourg Tower. Here you have a fantastic view of Trier. And, if you still have time, there’s an eight-kilometre nature trail your children will love.

 

What also glitters…

The Roman amphitheatre, the Roman thermal baths and the former fishing village of Zurlauben on the banks of the Moselle with its beer gardens and cafés.

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