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THE MOSEL RIVER
The pretty Mosel River passes through Trier, and it is here where we found the "old Roman Bridge." The first stone bridge in the region was built in 71 AD and if you wish to see the ruin's, they are located a little downstream from the Roman Bridge of today.
The Roman Bridge in Trier is the oldest bridge in Germany.
The pilings of the Roman Bridge are from A.D. 144-152, but the the arches and roadway are from the 18th century.
We passed by on our Little Train tour, so only just part of it in a photo.
Near the Bridge, is what look's to me, to be a rather nice Roadside Chapel, and then a little further on, are the two old Crane's on the banks of the Mosel. Each of these Crane's are driven by an enormous treadmill which was driven by human muscle power to move the pulleys.
The northerly crane was built in 1413, and the one nearer to the Roman Bridge was built in 1774. This area was where the families of boatmen and fishermen lived.
- Historical Travel
We took a short trip down the river from Trier. It wasn't even close to the heart of the river, but it was still fun to see the town glide by and the country begin. There were one and two hour narrated options. The one hour option had either the tour down the river out of town or up the river through town. The two hour option allowed you to go both directions, but there was a long wait between. It is a beautiful river. A longer cruise would be wonderful.
- Sailing and Boating
- Historical Travel
The Mosel River
Hard to believe this photo was taken only ten minutes after the one above, but if you don't like the weather of Trier in early spring, just wait a few minutes!
From here I can see why so many throughout history have found Trier so attractive.
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