Trier is not the only city claiming to be Germany's oldest city, but it is the only one that bases this assertion on having the longest history as a city, as opposed to a mere settlement or army camp. It is also one of the few cities in Europe that have been capitals of the Roman Empire.
Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of ruddy sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the German border with Luxembourg and within the important Mosel wine-growing region. Trier provides for a large number of cosy hotels.
If you are staying at a hotel in Trier’s historic city you will be impressed with the Porta Nigra, which is a mighty city gate that used to be part of the Roman city fortification.
While staying at a hotel in Trier, you should not miss to visit the restaurant “Gambrinuskeller” at the Porta Nigra, where you will be able to see a multimedia show about the city’s long and chequered history.
While staying at a hotel in Trier, you should see the church of St. Paulin, which is one of the most important Baroque churches in Rhineland-Palatinate and may have been in parts designed by the famous architect Balthasar Neumann. The church’s interior is characterised by a beautiful ceiling fresco.
Numerous Trier hotels are located near the Hauptmarkt (main square) in the centre of the historic city, where you will find the imposing Cathedral of Trier towering above the city with its sights and hotels. The church ranks among the oldest in Germany. The interior is of three Romanesque naves with Gothic vaulting, and a Baroque chapel for the relic of the “Seamless robe of Jesus”, recovered from the interior of the high altar in 1512.
If you are staying at a hotel near Trier’s street Brückenstraße you will be able to walk over to Karl Marx’s birthplace. With the help of original documents, the communist and philosopher’s journey through life can be reconstructed.
Trier hotel guests who are interested in history will be delighted to find at the alley Ostallee ruins of three Roman baths, among them the largest Roman baths north of the Alps.
Trier’s bus lines will take you to your hotel quickly and comfortably. You will reach your hotel in Trier by car via the autobahns A1, A64 or A602.
Trier’s most notable enterprises are JT International Zigaretten (cigarette producer), Herres (champagne producer) and Michelin (tyre manufacturer).
Total population: 103,396 (January 2007)
Postal codes: 54290, 292-296