The Porta Nigra

Trier on the banks of the Moselle, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, is the country's oldest city, dating from Roman times. Today it has 105,600 inhabitants.


Trier is rich in ruins from the Roman Empire (protected by UNESCO), such as the Porta Nigra, the Roman baths and Roman amphitheater.

Basilica of Constantine

Get in

By plane

There are several airports in the vicinity with reasonable access to Trier.

By train

Trains leave hourly from   Trier Hbf to Saarbrücken, Koblenz and Cologne. Timetable and ticket information can be found at Deutsche Bahn.

By car

Trier is connected by the European motorway E44 from Luxembourg city (~50 km) via Trier to Koblenz (~100 km), E422 from Trier to Saarbrücken (~100 km).

Trier is connected to the Autobahn A6. This city is about one hour from Kaiserslautern or two hours from Mannheim.

By boat

There are some cruise trips from Koblenz to Trier. However, they are expensive.

Get around

Walking is the best way to travel around the city, though a vehicle is good when visiting the stadium. Also there is a scenic overview up the hill by the stadium where you can see the entire city. The city tours take you up there.


Roman Amphitheatre
Trier Cathedral


Interior of St. Paul (Sankt Paulin) Church


Trier hosts a University as well as a University of Applied Sciences (the so-called Fachhochschule).

The Fachhochschule is in sight of the city. The first buildings were built in 1944 and were used by the Nazis to educate the next generation of soldiers. After the war, the complex was not officially used as a school. In the 1970s the University of Trier was refounded and used the buildings until a new university complex was built on the other side of the Mosel valley. Since then the Fachhochschule uses the complex.






Karl Marx birthplace, a Baroque building constructed in 1727 and now containing a museum of Marx and Marxism

Trier lies at the heart of a famous wine region. In recent decades, vintners have added reds (especially Spätburgunder) and rosés to the traditional whites (especially Riesling). Apart from the standard wines and beers (Trier - Löwenbräu, Cologne - often Gaffel Kölsch, Bitburg - Bitburger), one should definitely try Viez. Viez is a natural, refreshing apple wine, which many prefer with a splash of orange soda Viez/Limo or with half sparkling mineral water Viez-Sprüdelbecause of the tartness. In October, many enjoy freshly pressed apple juice (süßen Viez) or mixing this unfermented juice with half regular Viez. The drink is traditionally served in a white porcelain or stoneware mug holding .4 l.

Nightlife Trier

On you can find a lot of events in town and Kreis Trier-Saarburg. You can also find some bars on this homepage.


Prince-Elector's Palace



Stay safe

Trier is a relatively safe city. Standard travel safety applies

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