Trier in the Rhineland-Palatinate, is Germany’s oldest city, dating back to Roman times, founded in or before 16 BC, it houses the oldest seat of a Christian bishop north of the Alps as well as having the honour to say The Archbishop was one of the seven electors of the Holy Roman Empire. This honour goes some way to explain the great architecture that is scattered throughout the city. Trier became a favoured residence of several Roman emperors, including Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor. The Cathedral Constantine built in Trier in 326 AD is Germany’s oldest. Trier lies on the banks of the River Moselle, near the Luxembourg border, in a valley and surrounded by vine covered hillsides and within the Mosel wine region. It is overlooked by Triers highest building, the Marian Column which is a memorial in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Trier is well known for its preserved Roman and Medieval buildings and boasts eight world heritage sights which puts it on the same level as some Italian Cities for classical heritage.
Since 1970 Trier has been a University City which keeps the city vibrant and youthful, and has around 100,000 inhabitants. Trier is an international city with European flair, in summer it’s lively hustle and bustle brings alive the streets which are filled with visitors and locals alike, filling the outdoor seats of the cafes and taverns. The gardens and parks are also filled with people strolling , sitting or just soaking up the sunshine and scenery. Trier’s market square (Hauptmarkt) is one of the prettiest in Germany, filled with fruit stands, flowers, painted facades, and fountains. Large numbers of Catholic pilgrims come each year to Trier to pay homage at the Relic of the Holy Robe which is housed in the Dom of St Peter and also at the tomb of St Matthias in the Basilica St Matthias. Trier is also one of the five cities on the German pilgrimage route. Annual events in Trier include each summer Trier hosting Germany’s biggest Roman festival, Brot und Spiele (German for Bread and Games – i.e. a translation of the famous Latin phrase panem et circenses from the satires of Juvenal). Also Trier has been the base for the German round of the World Rally Championship since 2000, with the rally’s presentation held next to the Porta Nigra. Trier holds a lavish Christmas street festival every year called the Trier Christmas Market on the Hauptmarkt (Main Market Square) and the Domfreihof in front of the Cathedral of Trier. There is a very good Reisemobil Stellplatz- Camperstop – Aires- across the Mosel River which affords great views across the river of the City of Trier. Situated along the river bank, there are good facilities on the site and it is within walking distance of the sights and shops of the city. A barrier gives security to the site and pitches are well marked and have water and electricity. Showers are also available and the walkways are lit up by night.
The Nine World Heritage Sights