Trier is known as being the oldest city in Germany
A history dating back to the 4th century BC and controlled by the Roman Empire, from roughly 58 BC to 400 AD, Trier has a historical feel that is certainly worth a visit. If you have read our last blog on Luxembourg and wish to visit there, then Trier is a must see since the two cities are only 31 miles apart from each other. A nine euro train ticket and in less than a hour you are in the city of Trier.
When you first enter the city center of Trier you are greeted with a powerful Roman gate called Porta Nigra, which means black gate in Latin. Constructed in 170 AD and served as a Roman gate for centuries, the structure of the gate is astonishingly well intact. When walking under the gate you will notice the tactical design used for protecting the city. Such as windows for archers, and balconies to pour black tar on un-welcomed guests. Today, Porta Nigra is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps.
After coming through Porta Nigra, the city center is right ahead. The city center is filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops. A common place for locals or travelers to gather and socialize, the city center has plenty to offer. The beauty of the buildings alone are worth hanging out to observe from a patio at a cafe.
Saint Peters Cathedral stood as a grand symbol outside of Rome
From the city center visitors will find a small street that leads to Saint Peters Cathedral. Built during the early 4th century by the Roman Empire, Saint Peters Cathedral stood as a grand symbol outside of Rome. Saint Peters Cathedral has stood strong against attacks from the Franks and the Vikings.
The outside of Saint Peters Cathedral is impressive and the interior is just as if not more impressive. Visitors can go in free of charge to walk around and observe. Today, it stands as the oldest church in Germany and also the largest religious structure in Trier.
The Electoral Palace is a breathtaking structure. Built to serve as residents for the Archbishops and Electoral of Trier. This palace is considered to be one of the most beautiful rococo palaces in the world. Built in the early 1600's, The Electoral Palace stood as an impressive symbol of royalty and sophistication amidst the German Renaissance. Today the palace is used for administrative purposes and classical musical performances.
Trier, Germany is a truly unique city with a history that cannot be found anywhere else. Being so close to Luxembourg City, travelers can see two incredible destinations in one weekend. Our travel specialist are eager to discuss your next trip.
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