Eat something delicious, take a relaxing stroll through the shops, discover new trends, chill on the banks of the Mosel... The university city of Trier with its young scene is a real city highlight.
Lively entry into the Trier feeling
However, it takes more than this for families to be fascinated by a city. Many of Trier's buildings, such as the Porta Nigra,Constantine Basilica and Imperial Baths, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This fact can be discovered via an exciting high-tech City&Quest scavenger hunt using the free Actionbound app, for example. The liveliest way to get into the Trier spirit is on ar guided segway tour, which is particularly popular with teenagers.
About emperors, knights and monkeys - mysterious city tours.
Watch out, sleuths: during the family and child-friendly city tour “2000 years – 4000 small steps”, some special secrets are revealed about funny monkeys, noble knights, greedy bishops and emperors and even the devil in Trier.
A more leisurely way to explore the city is to take a ride on the Roman Express. Information and anecdotes about Germany's oldest metropolis are revealed as it zooms around the old town.
Exciting time travel
At the Rhineland Regional Museum, which is full of unique art and cultural treasures from antiquity, a special audio guide for children will make them want to travel back in time without any of the effort associated with traditional history lessons. A few hundred metres away, Valerius the gladiator doesn't take long to ask for an adventure tour of the city's amphitheatre. Goosebumps are guaranteed, as the intrepid and experienced fighter – an actor in real life – vividly demonstrates with great drama how people and animals feared for their freedom and survival. But don't worry: It’s clear at every stage that today's Trier is a real place of pleasure.
Plants and animals diversity around Trier
Who feels at home in Augusta Treverorum – its ancient name? Vines and lizards, for example, because the former Roman city is much closer to nature than you would expect from a metropolis. Families with children can let themselves be taken on a special tour of adventure through the ecosystem of the vineyards and dry stone walls around Trier. For the partly rare animal and plant species that have survived here in the quasi Mediterranean climate, the annual cycle is full of challenges to be mastered.
It’s worthwhile having a close look! The animals in the Weisshaus forest just outside the city are bigger and more imposing. Wild boars and mangalica pigs, goats, deer, donkeys and more run around the eight-hectare game enclosure.
Diverse water fun and a special museum
Trier’s location on the Mosel is a prime “home advantage” for a family-friendly holiday. Not only because you can start trips with the White Fleet from here. For children aged seven and over and for beginners, stand-up paddling will offer some refreshing summer fun with appropriate safety precautions and a quiet stretch of river around the Nordbad. From here, the Roman bridge, the cathedral, the red rocks and the vineyards of the Mosel shore look particularly impressive.
Those not in the mood for paddling can have fun with water at the Petrisberg playground: Here it's about a “water march!” for the little ones. However, if the water falls from the sky, the toy museum in the city centre becomes the leisure resource of choice. Soft toys and doll's houses, cars and trains... more than 5000 heart-touching pieces give you reason to dream. Trier is always good for families.
From June 25 to November 27, 2022, a major state exhibition will be held in Trier:
"The Fall of the Roman Empire" - presented on a total of 2,000 square meters in 31 exhibition halls of the three museums Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, Stadtmuseum Simeonstift and Museum am Dom Trier.