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The best things to see and do in Trier, Germany

Trier is one of the nicest, most historic cities in Germany. And it’s even officially the oldest place. So that already makes it a very special destination.

The city is known for culture and history and is therefore quite touristy. This can also make it quite busy during specific periods, but at the same time, it also ensures that there is enough to see and that there are enough accommodations and restaurants available.

Where is Trier, and how do you get there?

The easiest way to reach Trier is by car. It is also possible to fly, but you will then fly to Frankfurt because Trier does not have its own airport.

Since Frankfurt has a large airport, there will be plenty of flights arriving there from all large cities all over Europe. And while Trier is an amazing city to visit, don’t make it your only destination in Germany. There is so much to see and do, and you probably only need one or two days to see all the things you want to see in Trier.

Therefore it’s best to go by car or rent one at the airport, and continue your trip in the Moselle valley after you’re done exploring Trier.

The weather in Trier

The weather in Trier is what you would expect from a German city. Summers can be quite dry and warm, with the occasional shower. Winters can be pretty cold, but also quite magical, as that’s the time you can visit the Christmas market in Trier.

The best time to visit is probably in the spring or fall. You don’t have to deal with the summer crowds, and the weather is still quite warm and dry.

Things to see and do in Trier

Trier is quite similar to other German cities. There are plenty of nice stores and many places to grab a bite to eat.

Yet of course, that is not the main reason to visit Trier. There is much more to do. Above, we wrote that Trier is the oldest city in Germany

You can see many remains from Roman times, and some of these are even on the UNESCO World Heritage list. So you know you can expect quite a bit.

Porta Nigra

The first sight in Trier is the Porta Nigra or translated as the black gate. This is a gate from Roman times and one of the most beautiful sights in Trier.

The gate dates back to 180 AD. This also makes the Porta Nigra the oldest building in Germany. The gate’s name comes from the dirt that has fallen on the gate since its construction. The color was first yellow, but now the gate has become darker and darker.

The Cathedral of Trier

Another very old but beautiful building is the Cathedral of Trier. It also dates back to Roman times, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the initial build. In fact, the building was destroyed several times in the years after it was built. It is a beautiful building to see from the outside, but you can also see the inside. This is free of charge.

3. Rheinisches Landesmuseum

If you are interested in everything that can be found in Trier from Roman times, then be sure to visit the Rheinisches Landesmuseum. In this museum, you will learn about how the Romans lived in this area. You’ll also find a lot of relics from that time that have been found in the area over the years.

4. Amphitheater

Many Roman cities had an amphitheater, including Trier. Unfortunately, not much is left of the theater, but that does not make it less worthwhile to visit. It is still possible to climb the theater, which then provides a magnificent view over the city of Trier.


There are not only remains from the Roman period in Trier. You will also find the Hochbunker, which is a memento of World War II.

This bunker was built for the officials of the city. When an air attack would occur, they could find a safe place in the Hochbunker. Because of the sloping roof of the bunker, the bombs could not remain on it, but fell off.

This way, the officials were safe, and the city could continue to exist even after an air raid. Hochbunker means High Bunker in German, which is, as you can see, a very fitting name.


These are the remains of a bathhouse from Roman times. Initially built for the emperor, but when he left Trier, the building was never finished. In the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, you can see a model of what this structure must have looked like at the time.

Who should visit Trier?

Trier is one of the most beautiful cities to visit if you love the Roman era. It is hard to imagine what life must have been like back then. If you love history, then you should take a look here.

It is a city where you need just one day, maybe two. So do not make it your only destination, but combine it with other attractions in this area. Or visit the city when you are on your way to the south of Europe.

Do your kids get Latin language lessons at school? Or are they currently learning something about Roman times? Then a visit to Trier will bring those lessons to life.

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