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.
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.
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.
The city of Trier offers 2-hour walking tours that cover the main sights.
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...
Don't miss the Landemuseum. Very interesting. We took a 2 hour cruise down the Moselle, it was also very interesting.
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.
The Ampitheater is close to the Kaiserthermen (Roman spa) and the Landesmuseum. We walked it. I guess it depends on where you started from.
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.