Trier Journals

Travel Through Time in Trier, Germany

A December 2001 trip to Trier by catronma

Trier, Historic Roman City Photo, Munich, Germany More Photos
Quote: Trier is the oldest city in Germany. Even though Trier is not a massive city or heavily touristy there are many things to see and do here.

Porta Nigra

Attraction | "Porta Nigrea"

Porta Nigra Photo, Trier, Germany
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Porta Nigrea is something you must see in person to fully appreciate. It is a ominous gate entrance to the city of Trier that is thought to have been built between 2000BC-180AD, depending on who you go by. A first impression would lead you to wonder how stones as large as the ones used here were lifted this high by hand to build such a structure, another of my first thoughts was how is this thing still standing and will it come down. The history behind Porta Nigrea is long and interesting as well, it has been more than just a gate. There are dates carved into rocks, at one point there were churches attached to it, one on either side, and a Greek Monk was buried inside the gate. The construction i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2007

Porta Nigra
Market Square Entrance
Trier

Kaiserthermen

Attraction

Kaiserthermen Photo, Trier, Germany
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Another sight in Trier you have to see, words won't do it justice. You can see the wall portion of the baths from the Electors Palace, walk through the palace gardens and you have arrived at these Roman Baths. Easily seen without paying the entrance fee of 2.10 euros, but you will not be able to walk through them without paying. When you walk through you are able to see the boiler rooms for the hot baths, the workers tunnels, the cold baths, and a massage/sauna area. This was one of the largest baths in the Roman empire and the second largest in Trier, to the Barbra Baths. There is also a sports facility associated with these baths that is not part of the 2 euros but you can walk to see it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 23, 2007

Kaiserthermen
Weimarer Allee 2
Trier, Germany 54290

Trier, Historic Roman City

Attraction | "Electoral Palace and Gardens"

Trier, Historic Roman City Photo, Munich, Germany
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While you can only tour this impressive building by appointment; the gardens and the building itself are something to see. The pictures do not do the building justice with all of the intricate details and the feeling that you get when standing on the landing for the stairs in front. This was built in the 1600s, remodeled in the late 1770s, several buildings were destroyed in WW2, and it is still used today as an administrative building. You can peek inside the windows and see tapestries hanging on the walls as well as chairs in the hall. The gardens are beautiful and lead back to the Kaisertherman. There are tall hedges lining either side, a jetted fountain, benches line the walkway with tre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2007

Trier, Historic Roman City
Western Germany Near Luxembourg
Munich, Germany
49 651 978080

Riverside

Attraction

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Our favorite place to go on a night out, that didn't involve going to Frankfurt. This club literally has it all, with 4 different music rooms, each room has its own bar and theme. There is the Techno and Hip Hop rooms both have electric themes the techno room is more metalic looking, by far the most crowded, there is also an 80s room, which has a unique theme that resembles an old city street, and finally what I call the quiet room, looks like an ice cream parlor and plays low mellow songs. These room are all centered around the entrance and a main bar in the center. Riverside is right off the Autobahn at the exit you would take to get to historic Trier. They have both a parking lot and parking struct...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2007

Christmas Market

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The Marketplatz at Christmas time (usually Dec 1-24) will house the traditional German Christmas market. Trier is one of the largest ones that I went to during my time in Germany and one of the best. These Kristkindle Markets as they are called are very crowded and sometimes incredibly cold as they are entirely outside, but well worth every hardship you endure while there. Have Gluhwhine (pronounced Glue-vine) at one of the many, many stands, and you can keep the mug it comes in or give it back to one of the stands to get a portion of your money back. Gluhwine is warm spiced wine and has liquor in it but they also have hot chocolate if you don't want the liquor. There are stands here to purchase ...Read More