Trier: your city experience!

A fresh look at Trier

The Mosel metropolis of Trier is best known for its ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and particularly for its Roman city gate, the monumental Porta Nigra. The city’s pedestrian zone with its wealth of historic buildings is a great place to wander and shop. Plus,Trier is also a university town, full of young, and young-at heart, creative minds!
There’s plenty to discover in the way of good food too, with modern cuisine inspired by nearby Luxembourg and France. And of course you’ll also find first-class wines here from the world-famous Mosel winegrowing region.

 

THE museum highlight of 2022:

state exhibition "The Fall of the Roman Empire"

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From 25 June to 27 November 2022, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier and the Museum am Dom Trier will present in the state exhibition impressive artefacts and the latest scientific findings related to the end of the Imperium Romanum across 31 exhibition spaces, covering a total area of 2,000 square metres. But was it the end? The treasury of the Trier City Research Library will be showing a special complementary exhibition on the influence of Rome on education in the Middle Ages.

 

TOP sights:

Ansicht auf eine Frau mit Hut auf die Nordansicht der Porta Nigra in Trier.
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Just by wandering through the pedestrian zone you’ll almost inevitably pass by some of the city’s most notable sights: the Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral, the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the Constantine Basilica and the Imperial Baths (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites). And just a short walk from the pedestrian zone will take you to the Amphitheatre, the Barbara Baths and the Roman Bridge, all of which are also UNESCO-listed. On the Viehmarktplatz, a dramatic glass building designed by architect Oswald M. Ungers showcases the city’s history. The spatial experience inside is incredible! Ungers is also responsible for the impressive plaza by the Constantine Basilica, and the monumental visitors building at the Imperial Baths is also down to him and his team.

 

Fancy a guided tour of the city? The Tourist Information Trier offers guided tours in English from April to October always on Saturdays at 1 pm.

 

Key museums

Ansicht auf den Brunnenhof mit Stadtmuseum Simeonstift in Trier.

If you visit this year’s state exhibition, you’ll automatically come across all major museums: the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, the Museum am Dom and the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift.
There is, however, a very special treasure that you also need to see. The medieval Egbert Codex, which is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, is on display alongside other rare books at the treasury of the Trier City Research Library. This jewel of medieval book art is considered to be the most important work of the Ottonian era and the oldest and most comprehensive cycle of images on the life of Jesus.
Did you know that Karl Marx was born in Trier? His birthplace, Brückenstraße 10, houses a museum with a permanent exhibition where you can find out about Karl Marx as a person, his achievements as a 19th century critic of society and capitalism, as well the legacy of his ideas into the present day.

 

Modern art & culture

Ansicht auf die Fassade der Galerie Netzwerk.

The European Academy of Art is a great choice for modern art. To coincide with the 2022 state exhibition, the academy will be hosting an international group exhibition entitled “Untergänge – Von Disruption bis Dystopie” (Downfalls – From Disruption to Dystopia) from 2 June to 17 July. With the help of a digital platform, networking will take place with artists from the Middle East and Africa.
Closely linked to this show is the Mediterraneo – Street Photography Open Air event in Trier’s city centre, running from 3 June to 31 October.
Working together with the University of Trier and the Trier University of Applied Sciences, the academy has also created a database of art in public spaces and has designed accompanying tours that can be accessed by smartphone. These are available online and the convenient thing is that Trier's pedestrian zone offers free Wi-Fi.
The city centre features various galleries with interesting temporary exhibitions, such as the Galerie Netzwerk mit Garten (Neustraße 10), the Galerie KM9 ( Karl-Marx-Straße 9) and the Galerie Junge Kunst ( Karl-Marx-Straße 90). Directly adjoining Neustraße is an iconic former kiosk that now serves as a modern exhibition showcase (Südallee / corner of Saarstraße).

 

And another tip: You should also check out the modern church of St. Michael in the Mariahof district, a stepped pyramid structure designed by architect Konny Schmitz in 1968/69. Otto Herbert Hajek designed the church’s altar island as a walk-in sculpture, and created the image sequence "Zeichen am Wege" as well as twelve vault panels in intense primary colours. These explore the divine hope of salvation, the New Jerusalem, and the seven angels described in the Book of Revelation.

Shopping:

exceptional gifts and mementoes

Ansicht auf das Atelier des NNIstudio
Ansicht auf eine Frau in einer Mütze mit Mundschutz aus der Kollektion von Tanja Kriebel.

Trier is a very popular shopping destination, even its Luxembourg neighbours like to shop there. It’s so easy to wander from one store to the next. You’ll find retail chains like everywhere else, but also stores that are run by their owners. The fashion design department at the Trier University of Applied Sciences has given rise to several stores where fashion designers sell their extravagant creations.

Almost all of these can be found on Neustraße, a great place for all things creative in general. The designer Tanja Kriebel runs her boutique over at Jakobstraße 33.

Culinary tips

Select restaurants

Ansicht auf eine geräucherte Forelle im Becker´s Restaurant.

One star in the Michelin Guide and 17 points in the Gault Millau; if you’re looking for a top culinary venue in Trier, then Becker’s in the Olewig district is the place for you. Directly opposite Trier Cathedral is where you’ll find the restaurant "Schlemmereule", where cuisine is inspired by nearby France and Luxembourg. Its wine list includes over 200 wines from the best Mosel wineries.  
Another recommendation is the restaurant at Castle Monaise. The grand neoclassical building is a delight in itself! It was built around 1780 as a summer residence for the dean of Trier Cathedral, Philipp Franz von Walderdorff, and is believed to be the only Louis XVI building on German soil. The name is derived from the French "mon aise", which translates as "my comfort". The restaurant’s menu offers a successful mix of classic French, Mediterranean and regional cuisine.

 

Select vinotheks

Ansicht auf Weinflaschen in der Weinstube Palais Kesselstatt in Trier.

If you want to get a good impression of the best wines available in the Mosel region, there are numerous vinotheks and wine taverns to choose from. The vinothek Das Weinhaus (Brückenstraße 7) has an extensive selection of Mosel wines from renowned wineries on its list, true to the saying, “Life is too short to drink bad wine”. Other great choices for wine lovers include the Weinstube Kesselstatt across from the Liebfrauenkirche, the extensive selection of wines at Weinhaus Oechsle (Palaststraße 5-7) and the Weinwirtschaft Friedrich Wilhelm (Weberbach 75). A wander through the city is guaranteed to present you with even more quality options.

 

Nightlife and concerts

A city like Trier naturally also offers a great nightlife. We’d like to recommend one club in particular: the VillaWuller, Ausoniusstraße 2. There’s house music to lose yourself in and regional DJs spin their discs alongside those from cities such as Cologne, Leipzig, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Brussels, London and Bristol.

 

Dieses Bild zeigt eine Innenaufnahme des Trierer Doms während eines Konzerts des Mosel Musikfestivals.
Abendaufnahme des Kurfürstlichen Palais in Trier während eines Konzerts des Mosel Musikfestivals.

Summer 2022 cultural calendar: You should definitely check out what cultural event organisers have put together for the great state exhibition this year!

Other recommended venues and concerts: "Jazz im Brunnenhof" is held annually in the fountain courtyard of the medieval Simeonstift right next to the Porta Nigra. Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH and the Jazzclub Trier bring you everything from swing to free jazz (Thursdays in July and August).

Porta³: Three artists from three genres are scheduled to perform in front of the Porta Nigra on three evenings: On 16/06/2022 Kurt Krömer will be on stage with his new show “Stresssituation 2022”. On 18/06/2022 it’s the turn of singer and songwriter Clueso. On 19/06/2022 the Trier Philharmonic Orchestra is set to host a free picnic concert.

The Mosel Music Festival also uses this UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as other historic venues, including Trier Cathedral, the Liebfrauenkirche, St. Gangolf and the Electoral Palace (courtyard and rococo hall) for outstanding concerts.

Sweet dreams. Our accommodation tips.

Ansicht auf die Lobby des Park Plaza Hotels in Trier.

There are so many really good accommodation options to recommend. But we’d like to make you aware of two hotels in particular.
The 4-star superior Park Plaza hotel is situated in the centre of Trier’s pedestrian zone. The hotel’s interior design and décor reflect the city’s unique character, i.e. its ancient heritage. Even the Relaxarium wellness facilities have a Roman look and feel. So, it’s a great starting point for exploring Trier’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The 4-star superior Hotel Villa Hügel ranks among the 10 best hotels in Germany on rating sites, which is pretty impressive. The white Art Nouveau villa formerly belonged to a rich wine merchant family from the Mosel region and has been beautifully renovated. Its “Gastraum” restaurant is something of a food lovers’ insider tip, and Hotel Villa Hügel also has a lot to offer where wellness is concerned. Thanks to its hillside location, it offers a fantastic rooftop pool with panoramic views over the city. The city centre is easily reached on foot or by public transport.

Further accommodation options of various kinds can be found via our booking search tool.

Book your Mosel journey now!

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