Tour the Oldest City in Germany: Trier

July 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

Have you heard of Trier, Germany? This beautiful city along contains Roman ruins – yes, Roman Ruins, in Germany. It’s often referred to as the “Second Rome” because of its deep history of Roman settlement and buildings. Settled thousands of years ago, the city claims to be the oldest, and has the ruins to back it up. Squidoo lensmaster RoamingRosie has a great introduction and guide to this amazing German city on her lens, Trier: A Guide to Germany’s Oldest City. On this guide, you can find some of the best sightseeing, churches, fountains, ruins, photographs, and tips for traveling this city from one end to the other.

Hauptmark (Market Square), Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The city contains many things to see of historical significance, like the oldest Roman gates, the Porta Nigra. The center of old town, Hauptmarkt, is surrounded by Gabled houses with medieval facades and architecture. The center of the marketplace has the large cross faced buildings. The House of the Three Magi, or Dreikönigenhaus, is one of the oldest stone buildings in Germany, and is close to some of these other destinations.

Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Porta Nigra, Original Roman City Gates, Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

The Imperial Baths of Trier are complicated ruins that have different rooms that were made by the Romans (in Germany). Each room had a different purpose, and was actually never completed. Underneath the baths there is a tunnel complex leading to additional ancient rooms.

Don’t have much time to see the city? There’s even a quick synopsis of the must-see areas of Trier if you’re pressed for time. Go ahead and have a look!

Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Other European destinations covered by the ExSquidition Travel Journal:

* The Netherlands
* Paris
* London
* County Cork
* Bournemouth

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