Top 10 Things to do in Trier, Germany

August 27, 2017 Major Galusha

Trier, which lies in the Moselle wine region along the banks of the Moselle River, is the oldest city in Germany. The city is home to the University of Trier.
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1. St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

Domfreihof 2, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 75801
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)

This 11th-century Cathedral holds the tombs of several archbishops and displays an impressive collection of religious relics.

Reviewed By Jessie O - Oakland, California

This pair of remarkable churches will be sure to impress even the most cynical of frequent travelers. A true feast for the eyes, nearly 5 expansions are on display for you to pick apart. Both churches were damaged during WW2, so some authenticity was forcibly stripped away. This acts as a somber reminder of our recent history and adds a unique twist, however much I miss the authentic floors and windows.

2. Porta Nigra

Simeonstrasse 60 | Porta-Nigra-Platz, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 4608965
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Porta Nigra

This huge stone gate has stood as a symbol of the city since the second century.

Reviewed By soinic - Lux.

Porta Nigra is an exceptional historic monument which is a must visit in Trier!
Unbelievable that reviewers think that this Unesco World Heritage site should be "cleaned"!? NO WAY !!
"Nigra" means black.... and this should explain why it is not "cleaned" ;)
Nice view from above on the pedestrian shopping mile.

Liebfrauenstr. 2, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 75801
Excellent
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4.5 based on 367 reviews

Liebfrauenkirche

Reviewed By Mike K - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Trier’s Catholic Liebfrauenkirche is located right next to the Trier Cathedral in the center of the city. Together with the Elisabeth church in Marburg, it is regarded as the oldest Gothic church in Germany and as the most important and earliest Gothic central building in the country. Since 1986, the Liebfrauenkirche is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Roman monuments, Cathedral and Liebfrauenkirche in Trier.

4. Hauptmarkt

54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 978080
Excellent
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4.5 based on 821 reviews

Hauptmarkt

This public square has served as Trier's main marketplace since medieval times.

Reviewed By Mike K - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

The market square or Hauptmarkt sits at the heart of Trier, set around the Petrusbrunnen (St Peter's Fountain, 1595), which proclaims the cardinal virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Moderation and Strength. Renaissance and Baroque houses surround the square, reconstructed after war-time damage. On the southern side is the sturdy tower of the 15th century St. Gangolf (Parish Church), entered through a fine Baroque archway. This is a good spot for people watching with ample shops, restaurants, open air wine bar in the center, anchored by the stunning Fountain.

5. Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum)

Weimarer Allee 1, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 43588
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4.5 based on 300 reviews

Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum)

This museum chronicles the history and culture of Trier and the Mosel Valley.

Reviewed By abuben

I usually make a point of visiting a local history museum wherever I visit. Somehow I might be too tired to do so this time. Fortunately, I bumped into this place. I gained insight into the region, and realized its importance in Roman times. At one point, Trier was one of the four capitals in the empire. Who would have thought about that? My impression was that Germania was a backward region beyond control. There are many artifacts, and the audio guide in English serves the purpose, although more English signs would be ideal. I now know the region was well assimilated into the Roman civilization. I wish I could have stayed there longer, but I was already satisfied with what I learned.
I have barely included negative comments on service, but I am doing it now, not because somebody did something outrageous, but because an easy improvement would do justice to this wonderful place. After I purchased the ticket, I was stopped by a friendly young man for my admission. I pulled out a ticket from my pocket, which turned out to be for the Dom museum, and he told me that I would have to get my receipt. I went back to the register, which is few than ten meters away. Since nobody was around, the young man gave it to me immediately, but without a simply apology. This seems unprofessional. If there had been a crowd, how could I have proved I had paid him already?

6. Aula Palatina

Konstantinplatz 11, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 42570
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4.5 based on 415 reviews

Aula Palatina

This huge Cathedral has been preserved from the era of Constantine the Great.

Reviewed By Scott077 - St. Louis, Missouri

This is now a Lutheran Church, but it was the throne room for the first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine. There are story boards located in the church that tell the history and it is near the Porta Nigra. It is definitely worth a quick visit to see one of the oldest Roman buildings still in Europe.

7. Kurfurstliches Palais

Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Kurfurstliches Palais

Reviewed By Mike K - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Trier’s electoral palace from the 17th century to 1794 was the residence of the Trier elector, the archbishops of Trier. The Renaissance and Rococo construction was partially built on the base of the Roman Basilica of Constantine. Under Napoleon, the Electoral Palace was used by French and Prussian troops as a barracks in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century. During the Second World War, the building was badly damaged. Today, the building houses various authorities. Parts of the north wing are used by the Protestant community, parts of the south wing serve representative purposes.
The Palace Garden in the south of the palace has been open to the public since the beginning of the 20th century. Excavations have shown that the base of the Electoral Palace was already built in Roman antiquity. Only a few remains are preserved from the time before Constantine the Great
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8. Imperial Roman Baths

Weberbach 41, 54290 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 4362550
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4 based on 564 reviews

Imperial Roman Baths

These ancient baths, once frequented by Constantine, have stood for over 2,000 years.

Reviewed By 48812StephenG12 - Watertown, New York

I will say that it was interesting walking around and under the roman bath ruins. There is very historical information or explanation on what you are looking at. The staff member that greeted us was less than helpful and not all that nice. She explained nothing and didn't even tell us there were audio guides available. When we went back to get audio guides for 2 euro each we were truly disappointed in them. one was broken and returned for another broken one, and there was little to no information on them. If your nearby, you can do a walk through but I wouldn't expect much out of this site, or plan on spending much time here. We were disappointed in Trier in general. We walked down to the old roman bridge and the 2 old cranes and there was no information on these either, the town should not even include them on tourist maps if they aren't going to take care of them or even put up an informational sign about them. We departed Trier early after visiting the Porta Nigra, and headed for the next town on our journey.

Olewiger Strasse | Bergstrasse 45, 54295 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany +49 651 730100
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4 based on 484 reviews

Amphitheater

The ruins of a huge second-century Amphitheater, one of the largest in the entire Roman Empire.

Reviewed By Yair1515 - Haifa, Israel

Imagine the battles in the Amphitheater Amphitheater - the Amphitheater outside the walls of the Old City - where cruel games were held between gladiators and prey. The Amphitheater was built in the 2nd century, and in the games they could sit and watch nearly 20,000 people. Beneath Arna was a dungeon where Roman prisoners were held in the Roman period with death sentences and the exotic prey animals who were to participate in the games. The Amphitheater has excellent acoustics and therefore holds various Concerts in the open air throughout the year. Take the time to wander among the various Amphitheater facilities and learn about one of the favorite romances for the Romans.
The entrance fee is cheap. Discounts for children under the age of 18. Possibility to purchase a family card. You can also enter the Amphitheater with the antiquity card.
Opening hours: April to September Every day from 9:00 to 18:00, October to March from 9:00 to 17:00, from November to February from 9:00 to 16:00. The last entrance is half an hour before the official closing time.
How long should I visit the Amphitheater? Between half an hour and an hour.

10. St. Paulin-Kirche

Thebaerstrasse, 54292 Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Excellent
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

St. Paulin-Kirche

Reviewed By Olivier M

If you like baroque churches this one is not to be missed: one of the most beautiful I have seen in Germany! Enjoy the general impression and allow your eyes and spirit to wander around these flying shapes and colors. Do not miss the angel literally flying below the ceiling. A masterpiece of Baltazar Neumann. It is a bit away from other sights but well worth the visit!

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