Trier, Germany

2:30:00 AM Brooke Neal 1 Comments

Trier was established as a Roman outpost 1770 years ago.  My family is standing in front of the Porte Negro, the last standing Roman gate into the old city.  There is an amphitheater and a huge bath complex still standing as well.  We loved the town center.  Lots of colorful buildings, lots of history and it was funny to see what modern businesses inhabit some of the more historic buildings.  H&M is in the same building that used to be the residence of a Papal person. The city has a fantastic church with beautiful wood carvings, a stand out black marble staircase and probably the most ornately sculpted plaster ceiling I've seen.  Here is what Rick Steves' has to say about Trier.
The Details
Location: 5 hours northwest of Munich
Time: one day
Parking:  We parked on the street near the Porte Negro for free, but there are covered lots around the town. 
Tip: We found a nice playground near the Rokoko-Palais der Kurfursten.  There is a cafe on site so you can relax while the kids burn off a bit of energy.
We wandered about the town, it's small enough that you don't need transportation, but the Roman Amphitheater is a little bit farther out. We walked there, but you might consider catching the bus if your kids are weary.
 Thought this was a cool graffitied wall.
St. Peters Cathedral is fantastic, it's a "don't miss" in my book.  According to the web, it's the oldest Cathedral in Germany--Throughout changing empires it has suffered damage which is why the architectural styling is inconsistent.
The Details
Address: Domfreihof, 54290 Trier
Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm
Tours:  Guided tours must be booked through the church, they even have a tour for children.  
The Details
AddressBergstraße, 54295 Trier, Germany
Hours: Open daily, 9am-6pm. (to 5pm Oct and Mar; 4pm Nov-Feb). 
Cost: 3e/adults
Tip:  For more information about Roman Ruins in Trier check out Historvius
We didn't tour the baths because you can get a pretty good view of the ruins from the sidewalk.  If you walk to the amphitheater you will pass the baths.  

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.

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