How to find the objects.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
Favorite thing: Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.
The history of the Kirner family dates back to the 15th century. The first link to a brewery is made in the 17th century when they opened the doors in the little village of Kirn. The beer became rather popular and ever since 1798 it´s even available on a large scale. Just try it, it´s good!
- Beer Tasting
Favorite thing: On the Market Place stands a beautiful fountain. On top you will find St. Peter. He's the patron saint of the Cathedral and the city. He is surrounded by the four cardinal virtues: Justice, Strength, Temperance, and Wisdom. There are also monsters and monkeys.
Favorite thing: Coming from the Porta Nigra and just before you reach the main market there is a lovely small alley on your right hand side called Judengasse (Jews' alley). It is nice to walk through it. The alley leads into the former medieval Jewish Quarter. Nowadays the Jewish community is quite small in Trier.
Favorite thing: There is plenty of parking around the City and it is well sign posted,but be careful with the Park and Ride,we followed one sign to P&R with a football on it,then realised it was for the football stadium only !!!!!! Then we took the other P&R to just outside the city only to find it closed on Bank Holidays and week-ends.
The House of the Three Magi - Dreikoenigenhaus
Favorite thing: This unique house was built around 1230 and however there were no city walls at that times that should make living safe in this house. But nature of brain always finds for solution and they solved this problem by constracting windows too high not to welcome unwanted guests and the door is up to the roof :) so if someone stood downstairs and cried that he will kill all people in the house someone should send him hot water to calm down :))
Favorite thing: Porta Nigra is the real prove of Roman settlement in the town such as Church of Our Lady and other artifacts. Trier is the oldest town in Germany thanks to Roman settlement. And why Porta Nigra? :) Should guess... of course it is black but I don't think so it is dirty :) It is the largest surviving Roman city gate worldwide. Of course, also UNESCO passed by and added it to the list of World Cultural Heritage. It is built by massive sandstone blocks (weight about 6 tons) held together not by mortar but by iron clamps embedded in lead. First it was the gate to the town and later it was turned to double church St. Simeon (around years 1036-1804). St. Simeon was Greek hermit who lived walled up inside.
If you want to have a nice view you should climb there but not for free :) I suppose it was around 3 euro to get there.
Favorite thing: Trier is one of the oldest cities of Germany. I spent here half a day and it was very nice. Main attraction is of course the old city.
Check the city official site at also in English:
- Historical Travel
The house of the three Magi
Favorite thing: On the way along Simeonstrasse you will notice the unusual building on the left, the House of the Three Magi (Dreikoenigenhaus), built around 1230 when Trier's medieval city wall was not yet finished.
Each house had to defend itself and the entrance was the »window« on the right, accessible only by ladder or wooden staircase that could be pulled up (Trier still has six such Romanesque residential towers, the Frankenturm / Dietrichstrasse from around 1100 being the oldest).
The doors level with the street are modern; there is a café inside, Graham Greene's bakerie in The Name of Action; the color scheme of the house, however, is the recreation of considerable original remains.
- Family Travel
Karl Marx Haus
Favorite thing: We walked around the city quite a bit to find this place, and with the help of the map which I lost finally found it. Karl Marx was born in Trier, which at that time (May 5, 1818) had fewer than 10,000 inhabitants.
- Family Travel
The Main Church
Favorite thing: The Cathedral is beautiful, and I haven't been to a church before that allowed visitors so much access to the sites within. It was nice to get out of the cold.
Fondest memory: The present Cathedral stands on top of a former Constantinian Palace. After Constantine's last visit to Trier in A.D. 328/9, the palace was leveled in 330 and replaced by the largest Christian church in Antiquity, about four times as big as the present-day church and covering the area of the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady, the Cathedral Square, the adjoining garden, and the houses almost up to the market.
Today's Cathedral still contains a Roman central section with the original walls rising up to a height of 26 m (86 ft). The huge fragment of a granite column next to the entrance to the Cathedral is another indication of the Roman origin of the building. After destructions in the 5th and 9th centuries, the remaining nucleus was enlarged by Romanesque additions - today, the Cathedral, with its three crypts, its cloister, Cathedral Treasury, and Holy Robe Chapel, displays architecture and artwork from more than 1650 years.
- Family Travel
A Map To Get You Started
Favorite thing: This city map may help you find your way around Trier. It's not a complicated city to Navigate, and most sites are easy to find except for Karl Marx's haus. It's there just look on Karl Marx Strasse #10.
Check out the map for yourself at http://www.trier.de/cityguide/1024x768.html
- Family Travel
Start off at the tourist info center
Favorite thing: Just inside the Porta Negra, this little office has the basic things you need to see the city. You can buy a small pamphlet (free in most other cites) for 2,90 euro, and it will help you along the way. We saw coins of ancient times for sale here for 6 euro, and people were actually buying them. What a rip off. a piece of metal for six euro that is absolutely worth nothing.
- Family Travel
Trier could not be thought...
Favorite thing: Trier could not be thought without Wines of Moselle. Go to riverside and enjoy Moselle and taste wine.
Fondest memory: People's warmth was realy a surprise for me. Their approach to tourists is mostly positive. I will never forget its friendly dwellers.
Roman ruins and riverside views
Favorite thing: I would see Porta Nigra. We came off-season so there were no boat trips but a trip along the Moselle is something I will definately do next time. Also, if you're there in season, go wine tasting in the villages.
Fondest memory: All of it! From taxi drivers to restaurant staff, everyone was very friendly.
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