Attractions

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 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 Museum in Trier

Rheinisches Landesmuseum

A scale model of 4th-century Trier and rooms filled with tombstones, mosaics, rare gold coins (including the 1993-discovered Trier Gold Hoard, the largest preserved Roman gold hoard in the world, with over 2600 gold…
Top Choice Church in Trier

Liebfrauenbasilika

Germany’s oldest Gothic church was built in the 13th century. It has a cruciform structure supported by a dozen pillars symbolising the 12 Apostles (look for the black stone from where all 12 articles of the Apostle…
Top Choice Roman Site in Trier

Kaiserthermen

Get a sense of the layout of this vast Roman thermal bathing complex with its striped brick-and-stone arches from the corner lookout tower, then descend into an underground labyrinth consisting of cavernous hot and …
Top Choice Roman Site in Trier

Amphitheatre

Trier’s mighty Roman amphitheatre could accommodate 20,000 spectators for gladiator tournaments and animal fights. Beneath the arena are dungeons where prisoners sentenced to death waited next to starving beasts for…
Abbey in Trier

Basilika St Matthias

Magnificent St Matthias Abbey is thought to be Germany's oldest Christian church. Begun in 1127, when the relics of the Apostle Matthias (Judas' successor) were found here, it was subsequently added to over the ensu…
Square in Trier

Hauptmarkt

Anchored by a 1595 fountain dedicated to St Peter and the Four Virtues, Trier’s central market square is surrounded by medieval and Renaissance architectural treasures such as the Rotes Haus, and the Steipe, which n…
Museum in Trier

Stadtmuseum Simeonstift

Adjoining the Porta Nigra, in the 11th-century priests' residence Simeon's College (retaining an original 1060-laid oak beam floor in the double-storey cloister), Trier's city museum brings alive two millennia of lo…