A university town that is easy to navigate with
so much to see and do.
The ancient Roman gate to the city, the Constantine Basilica and the Roman baths are reminders to the far reaching Roman empire and how much history I have viewed during my 2 weeks in Germany.
Trier sits on the Moselle river on the western side of Germany. According to Wikipedia, Trier may be the oldest city in German.
Renovation and preservation work allows visitors to walk in the interior rooms of the Roman Gate. Patrolling soldiers had a view of all points.
You will find the tourist office just behind the Roman arch. Here is your source for maps, tour information and souvenirs all in one place. There is a WC in the courtyard in back of the TI, nominal fee.
My guide Ms Berens started our adventure at the black gate, Porta Nigra, the Roman entrance to the city.
Old and new is well mixed throughout the city. Large avenues and many pedestrian friendly street take you to all the major sites in the city with open plaza, fountains and city benches.
Our first stop is the Cathedral of St Peter
There was a special event during my stay that brought hundreds of young people to the cathedral. As usual, I found something that I thought was unusual and stopped for a mini video. Again I thank the patience guides during this adventure in Germany, trying to understand some of the strange questions I asked as a solo traveler.
The colorful ribbons each held an intention or a wish or perhaps a thank full prayer. Each ribbon was tied to the metal frame and the total impact was mesmerizing as the breeze made them flutter.
|Trier Cathedral, Dom St Peter|
The cathedral is massive but when you enter the church your focus is on the elevated sanctuary that holds the Holy Robe. It is only on display on rare occasions.
No photos were allowed and the robe said to be worn by Jesus, kept in this special room, was not on view. There was a quiet reverence in this room.
The gates leading to the Jesuit church where priests were removed during the Nazi occupation. You find 'stumble stones' out front, listing the seven priests who were sent to the concentration camps.
This Moroccan style tower house has a second floor door that. Originally a removal staircase was used for security.
I have never seen Woolworth outside of the USA and took a quick look. It was similar to a Euro store (our dollar stores). Gone were the tables of everyday items I remember in our local Woolworth's: cosmetics, toys, household supplies.
|Everywhere you look in Trier there are great opportunities for a snack!|
My Extra Day in Trier:
The tourist office brochure listed a wide assortment of things to do in Trier. Actually far more than I have ever seen at other tourist offices. English language tours are offered during the 'high' tourist season.
Trier has a short river sightseeing cruise. If you are visiting one of the other rivers with castles and medieval villages, I suggest you wait. Today the small boat was full of school children who were bored for the short hour long trip.
The river this day was 'quiet' and on the short trip I took there were no castles or ruins.
Another Galeria Kaufhor (see post under Regensburg) offers a large restaurant where you can choose a vegetarian meal, hot or cold dishes and an amazing desert selection. Solo diners have no pressure to 'turn a table' and the sun filled room is most pleasant.
If you are not a shy solo traveler there are wonderful restaurants all over Trier.
|Of course you could select desert first!|
The hour spent doing laundry in a foreign country can be interesting. First you must understand the instructions in a language you may not speak. Manage the correct change and wait. Often you can find someone for a pleasant chat.
Now I have a mini video for reference on how to do laundry in Trier.
(facing the station the entrance to the mall is to the right about 1/2 block)
I missed several other parts of Trier when I spent too many hours trying to find the river boat:
The Constantine Basilica
The Elector's Palace
The archaeological museum
I did walk through the extensive Palace Garden, a perfect place for a picnic.
Trier has a young population due to the University and the plaza in front of the Roman gate is a popular gather spot. However, I have no idea what game they were playing, do you?
I was the guest of Trier marketing and appreciate their expert planning of my entire adventure as well as additional help during a train strike. I had a lovely stay at Hotel Casa Chiara.
Photos are the property of www.maturesolotravel.com.
*The German Way & More: Trier