One of Germany’s oldest cities, Trier lies on the banks of the Moselle River sur-rounded by vine-covered hills near the border with Luxembourg. It forms part of the picturesque Moselle wine growing region and is renowned for its beautifully-preserved Roman structures and medieval buildings.
Admire the Porta Nigra, which is considered one of the best-preserved Roman city gates north of the Alps, and the immense Constantine Basilica that now serves as a Protestant church. Trier is also home to the 4th-century Trier Imperial Baths and the Barbara Baths that form part of the Roman Monuments, Cathe-dral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. This also encompasses the Trier Amphitheater and the Trier Cathedral, which is renowned as being home to the 12th-century Holy Tunic.
Witness the French Gothic architecture of the Liebfrauenkirche and the ornate Baroque church of Saint Paulinus, then travel across the oldest bridge north of the Alps, the 2nd-century Römerbrücke, which spans the Moselle River. Another architectural landmark not to miss in Trier is St. Matthias' Abbey, which is still in use as a monastery today.
Be sure to explore the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, which is one of the most im-portant Roman archaeological museums in Germany, and the Stadtmuseum Sim-eonstift that explores the history of Trier and features a model of the medieval city. Also of note is the birth house of Karl Max that has been transformed into a museum detailing his life and work through personal artifacts, original letters and old photographs.