Old but gold – visiting Germanys oldest city Trier

Hello Everyone!

During these hard times, where traveling has to be on hold for our all good, I am happily looking back at my trips from last year. While browsing through the pictures from 2019, I decided to write about Trier, Germanys oldest city which withstand many crisis and wars over the last centuries.

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The Triers Hauptmarkt with the Petersbrunnen in the middle.

The appearances of Trier can be traced back for over 2000 years and was the first city of Germany which was recognized as such from the Romans. The influence of the Roman period of occupation can still be seen in the architectural monuments across the city.

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Me taking pictures inside Porta Nigra.

I travelled to Trier during the cold winter season, so don’t get confused by the bright and sunny pictures, the temperature was freezing cold. However, the cold air combined with the bright sun and the blue sky matched up perfect with my impression of the city.

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Buildings at the Hauptmarkt.

What you can see in Trier:

  • The Electoral Palace – Kurfürstlicher Palais

I have to confess, that I stumbled over this pearl just by accident. We found a parking spot nearby and actually searched for the fastest way towards the city center, when we suddenly found ourselves in the beautiful garden of the Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Palais). Astonished by its charm we decided to stay there for a while, strolling through the garden.

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Garden of the Electoral Palace.
The Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Palais).
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Beautiful facades of the Electoral Palace.
  •  The High Cathedral of Saint Peter

The Trier Cathedral is, next to the Porta Nigra, probably the symbol of the city. And it deserves to be the symbol of the city as it dominates its appearance for nearly 2000 years. Built upon ancient Romanian buildings, it has been partly destroyed and rebuild over the centuries. Therefore, you can see different architectural styles while having a closer look the cathedral. There is also a huge fragment of a granite column from roman times right in front of the building. I can definitely recommend to visit this historical place and have a look at the different architectural styles of the last centuries.

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The Trier Cathedral.
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Traced window and view at the garden.
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Cathedral corridor.
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Cathedral yard.
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Baroque west choir ceiling of the Trier Cathedral.
  • Porta Nigra

As the name suggests the Porta Nigra is a black gate, which was built by the Romans nearly 200 years after the Christs birth. It was one of four gate from where the city could be entered. The Porta Nigra was invented later, due the color of the sand stones which turned dark over the time. Originally it was called Porta Martis in honor of the god of war Mars. While being in Trier you should definitely visit this landmark. It is a special feeling standing inside this building, while keeping in mind that it has been built nearly 2000 years ago.

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Porta Nigra – Roman city gate.
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View at the Trier Cathedral from Porta Nigra.
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Inner court.
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The Porta Nigra at night viewed from the town side.
  • Main Market Square – The Hauptmarkt

The Hauptmarkt is located right in the middle of the historical city center. The eye-catching Petersbrunnen is enclosed by historical buildings, which are full of bright colors. At a sunny day it is amazing to just stroll around at this place.

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Historical buildings at the Hauptmarkt of Trier.
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Another historical building at Main Market Square.
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Main Market Square.
  • Karl-Marx Hause

In a side road of the city center not so far away from the Porta Nigra, another historically important house can be found. The birth house of the famous political theorist and socialist revolutionary Karl Marx. The house is used as a museum in honor of Karl Marx today. Even if you have a reluctant attitude towards the socialist ideas, it is a great place to learn something about the person Karl Marx and his ideas. Afterwards you can still decide whether his ideas of a socialist economy are valid or nonsense.

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The famous political theorist and socialist revolutionary  – Karl Marx.
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The Karl Marx House.
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It is not only a museum about Karl Marx’s life and writings  but also about the history of communism.

So this is it for today. I hope you have enjoyed the photos like i enjoyed my trip to Germanys oldest city, Trier.
I think that the perfect complete of this post can be the worlds of Karl Marx itself:

Follow your own path, no matter what people say.

Take time for yourself and stay healthy!
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Karo

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