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Top Choice Roman Site in Trier

Porta Nigra

Trier's most famous landmark, this brooding 2nd-century Roman city gate – blackened by time, hence the name, Latin for ‘black gate’ – is a marvel of engineering, since it’s held together by nothing but gravity and i…
Top Choice Roman Site in Trier

Konstantin Basilika

Constructed around AD 310 as Constantine’s throne room, the brick-built basilica is now an austere Protestant church. With built-to-impress dimensions (some 67m long, 27m wide and 33m high), it's the largest single-…
Top Choice Castle in Moselle Valley

Burg Eltz

At the head of the beautiful Moselle side-valley the Eltz, Burg Eltz is one of Germany's most romantic medieval castles. Never destroyed, this fairy-tale vision of turrets, towers, oriels, gables and half-timber has…
Top Choice Cathedral in Trier

Trierer Dom

Looming above the Roman palace of Helena (Emperor Constantine's mother), this cathedral is Germany's oldest bishop's church and still retains Roman sections. Today's edifice is a study in nearly 1700 years of church…
Top Choice Brewery in Bernkastel-Kues

Kloster Machern

The Moselle might be better known for its wine, but a former Cistercian monastery, founded in the 13th century, now houses this extraordinary brewery, with a bar made from a copper vat and strung with dry hops, a wi…
Top Choice International in Trier

Weinhaus Becker

Within the Becker’s hotel complex, 3km southeast of the centre, this supremely elegant wine-house serves sublime internationally influenced dishes like cod with pumpkin, banana and macadamia nuts, or quail with pars…
Top Choice German in Bernkastel-Kues

Restaurant Burg Landshut

Opened in 2018 in the ruined castle Burg Landshut, this state-of-the-art restaurant is worth the steep climb (or shuttle-bus ride) for modern German cuisine such as sauerkraut and blood-sausage soup, and pike-perch …
Top Choice German in Traben-Trarbach

Alte Zunftscheune

Dine on delicious Moselle-style dishes such as homemade black pudding and liver sausage, pork medallions with Riesling cream sauce, or grilled rump steak with asparagus and fried potatoes in a series of wonderfully …
Top Choice German in Trier

Weinwirtschaft Friedrich-Wilhelm

A historic former wine warehouse with exposed brick and joists now houses this superb restaurant. Creative dishes incorporate local wines, such as trout poached in sparkling white wine with mustard sauce and white a…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Bernkastel-Kues

Weinstube Spitzhäuschen

Wine bars don't come cuter than this crooked half-timbered building (the Moselle's oldest, dating from 1416), which resembles a giant bird house: its narrow base is topped by a much larger, precariously leaning uppe…