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Trier Imperial Baths

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These well-preserved baths are one of Germany's most famous Roman landmarks and were the largest baths outside of Rome itself.These well-preserved baths are one of Germany's most famous Roman landmarks and were the largest baths outside of Rome itself.

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Known as the “Kaiserthermen”, the Imperial Baths at Trier are one of the finest examples of a Roman bathing complex. The baths were commissioned by Emperor Constantine the Great as part of a new Imperial palatial complex that he wanted to build in the city.

Trier had been one of Rome's most important cities in Germany for centuries and was known as Augusta Treverorum. As ruler of the Western Empire, Constantine would use Trier as one of his residences.

Work initially began in 306 AD but ceased during the 3rd Century AD. The program was restarted in the 4th Century and finally finished. The complex also contained a barracks for the Emperor's Imperial guards.

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The baths can be visited today as part of a wider archaeological complex including monuments such as the Porta Nigra gate. The ruins reflect the eclectic past of the bathing complex, which was repurposed as a castle. Visitors can look at the surviving rooms of the baths as well as a network of underground corridors that formed part of the palace complex.

Visiting information and tips

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The Imperial Baths are open from February to November each year at various times, depending on the season. Entry costs €4 for adults and €2.50 for children. Various group and family tickets are also available.

Trier has rail connections to Cologne and Luxembourg and is also 40 minutes away from Luxembourg's airport.


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