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    Europäische Rechtsakademie

    by iaint Written Sep 24, 2012

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    In English, the Academy of European Law. Well, of limited interest to most travelers, but it’s why I was in Trier.

    I needed a big chunk of hours to fill my CPD (continuing professional development) quota for the year, so off I went.

    It delivered some top quality speakers from all around the EU, with an audience of 60 drawn from 15 countries. Ideal. I was the only Brit among the delegates, which puzzled me a bit.

    It’s a pleasant environment as well.

    I’ll need to do the maths when I get a moment, but my guess is that it was good value for money compared with what I might have found back in Scottieland or in London. Certainly the quality was much higher.

    The address:-

    Metzer Allee 4
    D-54295 Trier
    GERMANY

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    Walking tour through Trier

    by Maria250 Updated Jul 27, 2011

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    City Walking Tour "2000 Steps - 2000 Years of History". During a city walking tour with highly qualified guides, one will explore the Trier inner city with its numerous sights and sites on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

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    Road trip through Mosel valley

    by Maria250 Updated Jul 27, 2011

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    The Mosel River runs through one of Europe's most beautiful valleys, which you can traverse in a day. The Mosel Valley offers many picturesque towns, forests, and wineries to explore and enjoy. Because it is easily traversed and is populated with many villages tucked into the low green hills, the Mosel Valley is a wonderful place to take a serendipitous journey, wherever you wants to go. Quoting Michael T. Schumacher and Mary Schumacher

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    Amphitheater Trier - How it look must have looked.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    Drawing of the Amphitheater out of the brochure.

    Being at this historical spot is quite amazing. It's almost impossible to imagine that this structure is trully dating back to the first century AD and was used in the Roman imperial era (until the 5th century) for gladiator fights and animal contests. It's even more exciting to learn that this entire structure, consisting of an elliptical arena and stepped auditorium, was surrounded by a high wall, divided into individueal stories by colonnaded arcade. We saw a drawing how it must have looking in those days, by the brochure we received. Amazing!

    Because of its size the Amphitheater (amphitheatre) of Trier is ranking on the 10th place among all worldwide existing amphitheatres. We concluded that this former place of entertainment for the inhabitants of Trier (so called 'Treverer') - the venue of bloody battles and games between gladiators and animals - invites people to learn more about the Roman life. Even today the Amphitheater of Trier has a social function for the city as it is used for the Antiquity Festival and open-air concerts.

    Opening hours:
    1. April to 30. September: 09:00h - 18:00h
    October and March: 09:00h - 17:00h
    1. November to 28. February: 09:00u - 16:00h

    Address:
    Petrisberg, Trier.

    Directions:
    Outside the old city walls, south east of the historical city centre.

    Phone:
    +49 651/97808

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    Amphitheater Trier - Underground area.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    So, we found the Amphitheater (amphitheatre) of Trier on the outskirts of the city. Right here we found something different from what we usually think of when we imagine a Roman amphitheatre; for the builders at Trier utilized the side of a hill, and rather steep hill at that, using the slope for seats on one side and grading up the dirt taken from the arena area to make an embankment for seats on the side towards the city. So, the result was an theater seating of about 20,000, quite an amazing size!

    Today almost all of its onaments masonry has gone, there being only a few tunnels left. Yet the whole is well planted in grass and neatly kept. And what was of more interest to us, the underground area has been excavated and reroofed, so that we went beneath the arena floor and, amid the darkness and the rain water which had drained in, realize the true conditions in which the victims of the contests were kept. In this vast basement we felt the fear of the gladiators, criminals and exotic beast that were kept her prior to their release into the arena.

    Opening hours:
    1. April to 30. September: 09:00h - 18:00h
    October and March: 09:00h - 17:00h
    1. November to 28. February: 09:00u - 16:00h

    Address:
    Petrisberg, Trier.

    Directions:
    Outside the old city walls, south east of the historical city centre.

    Phone:
    +49 651/97808

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    Amphitheater Trier - Used to be a town gate.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    Inside the amphitheater of Trier.

    Trier is the oldest town in Germany and famous for its Porta Nigra gate and imperial baths. The imposing gateway, the massive walls of the bath buildings and other ancient monuments are great attractions for everybody visiting this 'Rome of the North'. Most of the Roman buildings date back to the time of the emperor Constantine who ruled the western Roman empire from Trier. One of these Roman buildings we definately wanted to visit was the Amphitheater (amphiteatre) of Trier. To be honest, we didn't know exactly where the Amphitheater was situated, but we figured that when we would follow the masses of people, we would get there anyway. But, we were surprised to see that there was trully not that much interest in this Amphitheater, no tourist trap type of thing! Therefore we had to figure it out for ourselves. We already knew that the Amphitheater in the 4th and 5th century was a town gateway, so that the north entrance lay inside and the south entrance outside the town walls. So following the old town walls towards the south east took us there.

    Now that we know where it is we can say that the Amphitheater, on the outskirts of the modern, as well as the Roman town, was built into the very slope of the Petrisberg, not far away from the Weinlehrpfad. The Amphitheater was built about 100 AD richly decorated during the following centuries.

    Opening hours:
    1. April to 30. September: 09:00h - 18:00h
    October and March: 09:00h - 17:00h
    1. November to 28. February: 09:00u - 16:00h

    Address:
    Petrisberg, Trier.

    Directions:
    Outside the old city walls, south east of the historical city centre.

    Phone:
    +49 651/97808

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    Around and About

    by antistar Updated Jul 26, 2007

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    Trier is up in the North West of Germany, near the borders of Luxembourg and France. It's an easy day trip across the border, especially to Luxembourg. More locally you can take also take easy side trips to Saarbrucken, the capital of one of Germany's smallest states. Don't miss it's fascinating satellite town of Volklingen, with its amazing and enormous UNESCO protected relic of the state's industrial history.

    The Moselle river provides even more things to do if you get bored in Trier. Trips on boats or train down the Moselle to Koblenz have all kinds of sights to see on route. Two of the highlights are the small town of Cochem, and the incredible Castle Eltz. I haven't had chance yet to get up to Castle Eltz, but you will understand from visiting the website below why it's high on my list of places to visit next in Germany.

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    Spielzeug-Museum

    by Polly74 Written Apr 5, 2005

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    The Toy Museum (Spielzeug-Museum) in Nagelstrasse is the most recent among the Trier museums, the display of an immense private collection. Mechanical toys, armies of tin soldiers, dolls, stuffed animals, toys from the Third Reich, a complete zoo, wind-up and electric trains, etc.

    The adults are at least as fascinated as the children when, in a time warp, they see their own past presented as the present.

    Spielzeug-Museum Trier, Jakobstrasse 4, 54290 Trier, Germany

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    Judengasse

    by Polly74 Written Apr 5, 2005

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    Shortly before the market, Jews' Alley (Judengasse) on the right leads into the former medieval Jewish Quarter. Locally produced weights with Hebrew inscriptions show that there were Jews in Trier as early as the first or second century. Starting with the eleventh century, we have records of a Jewish community in Trier, and in 1235 four Jews had four houses built on the left of the later Judengasse.

    The cellars are still the original ones; in the Pub »Abwaerts«, you can still see the walled-up entrance to a flight tunnel leading to the Cathedral Close.

    The Jews were expelled from Trier in 1418. Many Jews went east; Yiddish has preserved traces of Trier Middle High German up to today. When the Jews were called back after 1600, they settled in different parts of the city. After the Holocaust of the Nazi era, the Jewish community in Trier is quite small (the New Synagogue is located in Kaiserstrasse).

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    Great lookout spot

    by drei3t Written Feb 20, 2005

    Drive west across the river and up to the hill. There is a great lookout spot where you can see over the whole Trier in one look. It seemed to be in favour by the locals to spend a romantic moment with your love...

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    Fast cars!!

    by terps94 Written Jun 22, 2004

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    If your one of those F1 Grand Prix enthusiast located just past Trier is Nurgburgring. This is the site of the German Grand Prix(?) or is it the European Grand Prix (?) either way if you like to see Micheal Schumacher in his Ferrari this is the place to be. The other race track for the F1 in germany is Hockenheim located just outside Mannheim.

    Once a year I believe Ferrari has racing day in here where a lot of Ferrari owners from all over Europe congregate here and dispaly their prize possesion. The Ferrari racing team also showcase all their racing cars with a mini race around the track.

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    Garden of 'Kurfürstliche' Palace

    by ultchuk Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    Garden of 'Kurf��rstliche'  Palace

    Don't know if this is really an of the beaten Path Trip but it sure felt like that. Near the 'KonstantinsBasilika' and behind the 'Kurfürstliche' Palace there's a great garden where you can enjoy and relax a bit. At least I did so. And when you're done you can just walk 100 metres and you will be at the 'Rheinisches Landesmuseums'.

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    Don't forget the natural surroundings

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Porte Negra, black gate, THE Roman heritage

    Go outside Trier into the hills of the 'Eifel'. Visit a winehouse and it's cellars to see how the Mosel-wine is made. Towards the Luxemburg border there are many and some of them open the doors for visitors in a heartwarming way.

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    AMPHITHEATRE

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Amphitheatre, on the outskirts of the modern, as well as the Roman town, was built into the very slope of the Petrisberg. The theatre was built about 100 A.D., richly decorated during the following centuries.
    Its western half held the imperial box and seats reserved for highranking civil servants. Its main entrances, to the north and south, had originally been provided with magnificent facades with ample space for three passages and vaulted entrances. On its western ide, two smaller doors led upwards and to the tiers.
    The arena had room for roughly 20000 spectators. In the 4th and 5th centuries the Amphitheatre was at the same time a town gateway, so that the north entrance lay inside and the south entrance outside the town walls. The gate structures and the remaining walls were used for quarrying in the Middle Ages and also later on.

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    In Manderscheid (north of...

    by houba Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In Manderscheid (north of Trier)you can find the Niederburg and the oberburg. In the foreground is the Niederburg (or down castle) and trough the window you see the Oberburg (or up castle)

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