Famous for the vineyards that stretch along the slopes of its valleys as it meanders through Germany, France and Luxembourg, the Moselle River moves at a languid pace through the city of Trier. It's a pleasant walk along its banks, and you can sample it with a short walk from Romerbrucke to Kaiser-Wilhelm Brucke. There you can admire the old cranes, dodge the bicycles, and wonder at the rough looking tattooed fishermen along its banks.
Being in such a famous wine region, you can obviously enjoy a drop of fine local wine while you are here.
If you arrive by train (and even if you do not, perhaps) it is well worth taking a walk up to the Porta Nigra via Christophstrasse and Theodor-Strauss-Allee. You can walk up the middle, actually, following the long strip of almost-parkland which divides the two roads.
Both sides of the road are lined with the most magnificent late 1800s and early 1900s 'mansions', of varying architectural styles and all clearly built as homes for Trier's most comfortably-off citizens.
I spotted onion domes and spires, elaborate furbelows and oriel windows, painted decorative woodwork and pillared balconies.
Definitely a stroll worth taking...and the grass and trees make it very pleasant, even when the temperature is below freezing!
The Tourist Information is situated just close to Porta Nigra.
Opening hours:January 2 - February 29: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday 10.00 - 13.00
March 1 - April 30: Monday - Saturday 9.00. - 18.00, Sunday 10.00 - 15.00
May 1 - October 31: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 18.00, Sunday and Holidays 10.00 - 17.00
November 1 - December 30: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 18.00, Sunday 10.00 - 15.00
December 24 and 31: 10.00 - 13.00
closed December 25 and 26 and January 1
Wine has been grown in this area for over 1.800 years. Wine presses are still being unearthed time after another along the Mosel. The Wine Ship of Neumagen is one of many monuments that shows the importance the wine production has played in the daily life as well as in the after-life. The monument itself shows a wine transport with the barrels loaded on the ship. But this ship was earlier a gravestone!! With the introduction of new religion in the 4th century most of the Roman gravestones were used as building material. Some of them have been excavated and can be shown as evidence of the skill of that time's artists.
The ship we can see nowadays is a replica. It stands opposite of the Liebfraukirche. The original one is in the Rhenish State Museum.
The Red Tower (just north of the Constantin Basilica) was built in the 17th century. Another floor was built on top in 1830 and later rebuilt to be used as the bell tower of the basilica, which it still is.
The presentday Viehmarkt sits on the spot for the former Roman Forum. During excava-
tions for an underground parking garage in 1987 the remains of a bath from around 100 AD were found beneath former vineyards, the remains of a monastery from the 17th centu-
ry, two old cemeteries and air-raid shelters from WWII. One can study the sewer canals as well as the hollow-floor heating system. The bath consisted of one cold-water bath and two hot-water baths. Today it is all covered by a large square glass building.
Opening hours (as of 2011):
January - December: 9:00 - 17:00
closed every first working day of the week
Adults 3 Euro
Children under 18: 1,50 Euro
Pensioners and students over 18: 2,10 Euro.
At the end of the 4th century, a "Bishop Felix" had a church erected in a former Roman cemetery. Around 400, the remains of Paulinus, considered a martyr and saint, were brought to Trier. Paulinus had originally been a bishop of Trier and had lived in exile in Asia Minor, where he died in AD 358. After a fire in 1093, a new structure was consecrated in 1148. It was unfortunately destroyed in 1674 whereafter the present edifice was built.
The inside is richly decorated with ceiling paintings and figurines. I have to say it is very beautiful!
My hotel gave me a town map with a walking tour outline on it. Very useful. It guided me around all the main sights from the Roman baths nearest to the hotel to the Porta Nigra at the far end of the town centre.
I reckon all the hotels hand them out, and the tourist information office - at the Porta Nigra.
What an unusual Fountain this one was!
I had no idea what it represented until I arrived home and could do some research!
Known as the Grasshopper fountain, it symbolize's the Carnival Society of Trier (Trierer Heuschreck since 1848)
Surrounding the Fountain, are the first member's of the society.
Looking underneath the feet of the men, the sculptor has sculpted himself, his face, facing the pedestrian zone, and his feet protrude out of the column.
On the very top of the Fountain, sit's a giant Grasshopper!
As I walked around Trier, I couldn't help but notice the lovely building's with decorative finishes.
One that caught my attention, was the McDonald's food outlet in Trier. Located in the Main Market Place, it really is located in a very nice old building. [see photo1]
Quite often, there are sculpture's on the building's too!
I came across Walerdorff Palace on my walk around Cathedral Square.
Painted White and Mauve, I could see this was a building of importance!
The cornerstone of this building was laid in 1765
The building was restored in 2000, and now is used as a library, for adult education, art gallery, registry office, office for senior citizens, youth center, wine sales etc.
On our little Train Tour, I found out there was more than one square in Trier!
As the name suggest's, Cathedral square is located where the Cathedral is and can be reached by following some narrow, cobblestone lanes.
There weren't any Market stall's here, just an outdoor cafe area, in fact, there weren't many people in this square at all!
In the early Middle Age's, there was a wall defining the area surrounding the Cathedral. Since then, the Square, has been redesigned.
I liked what I saw here though, the Cathedral, Town Palace's, Clergy house's, and nicely trimmed Tree's made this a more up market area of Trier.
In the Markt Platz, is the Market Fountain from 1595.
You must stop and have a look at it, as there is St. Peter, the patron saint of the Cathedral as well as the city, standing on top, surrounded by the four cardinal virtues of good city government, Justice, Strength, Temperance, and Wisdom [copies], but also by monsters and frolicking monkeys!
Trier never became an imperial free city, and in 1595, the new archbishop had the Market Fountain erected as a conciliatory gesture.
I really wished I had time to visit, but I didn't, you may.
It is located very close to the Main Market and the Red & Steipe House in my previous tip.
What caught my eye, was the wrought iron arrangement by the sign advertising the Museum. Isn't it lovely?
It advertises two floor's of displays, from antique to new, don't know about you, but I love seeing the Toy's of old!
Tin toy, trains, miniatures, dolls, doll houses, stuffed animals, steam engines, more than 5,000 exhibit's.
Memories of childhood come flooding back!
Another massive Church I saw in Trier.
Massive?.....27 m wide, 33 m high, and 67 m long - with an adjoining hall outside!
In my eye's, fairly plain, perhaps because it's the largest surviving single-room structure from Roman times, built to express the magnificence and might of the Emperor.
It was built by the Roman Emperor Constantine I as a Palace Auditorium (throne room), then in the 19th century, restored by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV as a church for the Evangelical parish.
Up to 1,700 people can fit into this Basilica.
If you wish to visit inside, take note of the time's, as it is NOT OPEN ALL DAY.
January to March
Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - Noon & 3-4PM Sunday/holiday 12: 00-1PM
April to October
Monday - Sunday 10-6pm
November to December ....closed on Mondays
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - Noon and 2-4pm
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Eurener Strasse 171, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, D-54294, Germany
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