Trier or ?

While heading down the Moselle this early October, we thought we might like to make a stop in Trier to see some of the Roman Ruins. Anyone stay here or somewhere else more inviting. How long to do a tour of the main sites? Thanks all.

Posted by Gary Mc
Salt Lake City
716 posts

We spent two days in Trier in 2009 and enjoyed it. In addition to the Roman ruins, there is the basilica (not a ruin) and one of the oldest cathedrals in Germany. We could have probably covered the main sights in a day but enjoyed both days including a stroll about town and along the river. The Hotel Pieper was a decent bargain.

Posted by Sarah
Chicago (formerly St. Louis), IL, USA
1311 posts

A friend and I spent about 24 hours in Trier (stayed 1 night) and we saw a lot without feeling rushed: Constantine's Basilica, the Dom, the Porta Negra. All of these are very close to each other. Karl Marx's house is in Trier too - we walked by that but didn't go in. But we didn't know about the Roman ruins - I can't believe it! Another reason to go back.

Posted by Russ
Paradise
1753 posts

The city of Trier offers 2-hour walking tours that cover the main sights.

Posted by Shelley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
257 posts

Yes, Russ, I'd already seen the walking tours when I did my research of Trier and according to that page, it only offers the English tours on Sat @ 1:30. since we'd be going through on a Thurs. I sent them off a request for more info. We'd probably stay one night here? Not sure what time the train would get in from Paris...not sure what time we'd be leaving yet...

Posted by JB
Redding, CA, USA
1568 posts

Don't miss the Landemuseum. Very interesting. We took a 2 hour cruise down the Moselle, it was also very interesting.

Posted by Tim
Wyckoff, NJ, USA
668 posts

Although it is only barely walkable from downtown, there is a city bus that serves the Roman Amphitheater, which is an excellent outing - especially if you have kids to get some running-around in. But it's a well-curated, good-condition Roman site, with modern bathrooms (and an admission charge.) AFAIR, it has under-the arena access, which is unusual.

Posted by Gary Mc
Salt Lake City
716 posts

The Ampitheater is close to the Kaiserthermen (Roman spa) and the Landesmuseum. We walked it. I guess it depends on where you started from.

Posted by Tina
Portland, Oregon, USA
35 posts

We spent two days in Trier and really enjoyed it. My husband especially loved the history. The Dom is beautiful and the Porta Nigra is a interesting historical site. Museum good and we walked (it a bit of trek) to the collisium. I agree, it is a good place to let kids run around. We were there during Decemember so we had the advantage of experiencing the Christmas markets. We didn't go any place else in that area (we were on our way to Southern Germany and Colmar, France), so I don't know how the area compares to what is near by.