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With an astounding nine Unesco World Heritage sites, Germany's oldest city shelters the country's finest ensemble of Roman monuments, among them a mighty gate, amphitheatre, elaborate thermal baths, imperial throne room, and the country's oldest bishop's church, which retains Roman sections. Architectural treasures from later ages include Germany's oldest Gothic church, and Karl Marx' baroque birthplace.

Trier's proximity to both Luxembourg and France is apparent in its cuisine and the local esprit, enlivened by some 15,000 students from its renowned university. The mostly pedestrianised city centre is filled with cafes and restaurants, many inside gorgeous Gothic or baroque buildings, while wineries are scattered throughout the surrounding vineyards.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Trier.