17 Best Things to do in Trier, Germany (2021 Guide)

Trier is the oldest city in Germany and is popularly known for its architectural and archaeological beauty. Trier is also called ‘Rome of the north’ and was founded during the rule of Emperor Augustus! Thus you can expect to see many well-maintained Roman monuments and ancient remains, including the World Heritage Sites. Their beauty is remarkable. You have to see it to believe it. These places are suitable for all age groups who love to enjoy and admire the magnificence of historical beauty. And also, most of the sites are at a walkable distance.

Here’s a list of the 17 best things you can do in Trier, Germany:

17. Trampoline Trier Fun & Games

Trampoline Tier is a wonderful place for indoor fun and games in Diedenhofener Trier. You’ll get to see a wide range of swings, bumper rides, camping, roller-coaster, slides, ball pits, and lots of fun packed in this enormous indoor playground. There are many things to explore in this place, and it is also one of the best tourist attractions.

If you’re hungry, you can also quickly grab a snack in the café inside the playground. Trampoline Tier should undoubtedly be on your list to visit places when you’re touring around Trier.

16. Wildfreigehege Weißhauswald

Wildfreigehege Weißhauswald
Weißhauswald (Zv0486~commonswiki -/Wikimedia)

Located in Stuckradweg Trier, Germany, Wildfreigehege is a few minutes away from Trier city, perfect for anyone who wishes to escape into nature. In the “house of the forest”, you can learn many exciting things about the history and ecology of Weißhauswald.

This forest area boasts several walking and hiking trails through the forest, extending between 4 and 9 kilometers. In this game reserve, you can play lots of games along the way. This 7.9 hectare is a spacious, fun place for the entire family to have leisure time, and also, you can see lots of rare species animals.

15. City Museum Simeonstift Trier

Trier Museum Simeonstift
Trier Museum Simeonstift (Stefan Kühn/Wikimedia)

Named after St. Simeon of Trier, the Greek monk, this city museum is located at Simeonstraße Trier, near the Black Gate. The museum boasts as one of the ancient well-protected two-story cloisters. The city museum displays the cultural and artistic treasures from the medieval period till the 21st century.

It was founded through an extensive collection of donations by well-wishers. To make your visit to the museum worthwhile, you will also get to see various artifacts on full display, such as arts, sculptures, paintings, crafts, furniture, etc.

14. St. Mary’s Column (Mariensäule)

St. Mary's Column
St. Mary’s Column (Gerdle Knühl/Wikimedia)

St. Mary’s Column is located on an unnamed road situated atop the Pulsberg Trier and is seen everywhere in the city. It was built in 1866 with numerous donations from the people, and it stands 40m high across the Moselle river. The Catholics inaugurated this column to display the Catholic Power to the Protestants.

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To reach the column, you’ll have to walk the narrow, winding road, but all you see is beauty as you reach the top. During the day, you can view the beautiful landscape of Trier from the top, and at night when all the city is lighted up, you’ll be spellbound by its beauty.

13. Genovevahöhle

Located in Kordel, district of Trier, the Genoveva cave was called Kuttbach cave until the mid-19th century. A legendary cave with a legendary tale behind it. It was once a hidden place that is now a hiking trail.

The view is breathtakingly beautiful with a great height surrounded by nature’s beauty all around. If you’re taking a tour around Trier, you shouldn’t miss this place. A great place to relax and calm your mind while taking shelter from the scorching sun admiring the wonders of nature.

12. St. Matthias’ Abbey

St. Matthias' Abbey

If you adore beautiful German churches, Trier is for you. The first one on our list, a monastery in Trier, St. Mathias’ Abbey is a 12th-century church named after Saint Matthias the Apostle. Till today, the church attracts catholic pilgrims. During the days of yore, Monks used to live in the St. Matthias’ Abbey. Since the 10th century, the remains of the founders of the Roman Catholic Church, bishops Eucharius and Valerius, are preserved here.

Its architectural style of baroque, Romanesque, and grandeur can sweep you off your feet. Its beauty and uniqueness with varied styles is something you can’t get enough of surrounded by beautiful white buildings. There are many exciting things to witness inside the church, where the museum presents an extensive collection of historical documents and paintings.

11. Electoral Palace

Electoral Palace in Trier
Electoral Palace (Guido Radig/Wikimedia)

The Electoral Palace is located at Willy- Brandt- Platz 3 next to the Basilica. It’s one of the most magnificent rococo architecture styles in the world. Trier’s bishops used the palace from the 16th till the late 18th century. Today, it’s used by governmental administrations.

Tourists can visit this palace and admire the extravagant style architecture, including the majestic staircases. There’s also a beautiful, well-maintained Baroque-style garden with complex patterns, and you can also see various sculptures and fountains.

10. Amphitheater Trier

Amphitheater Trier
Amphitheater Trier (Nick D./Wikimedia)

The Amphitheater at Olewiger Str. Trier, Germany, is one of the world’s 10th largest preserved amphitheaters. It was built in the 2nd century AD which was used until the 5th century. Its seating capacity is around 20,000 and mainly was used for gladiator fights, animal shows, and prisoners were sentenced to death.

Today, all the seating rows are taken out, and there are no animals in the cages. But, you can still visit the arena, the cages, and the place where people and animals once used to wait for their turn to fight.

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9. Roman Bridge

Roman Bridge
Roman Bridge in Trier (Berthold Werner/Wikimedia)

As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Trier, situated on the bank of river Moselle. The bridge has nine pillars and dates back to the 2nd Century AD.

After the destruction of war, it was restored twice in the early 12th and 18th centuries. It was once made of wood to burn it down quickly in times of war. But now, it’s made of stone deeply rooted underneath the river. If you enjoy sitting by the river, this is a great place to enjoy its serenity.

8. Trier Hauptmarkt

Trier Hauptmarkt
Trier Hauptmarkt (Berthold Werner/Wikimedia)

Trier Hauptmarkt is the main market in Trier located near the Liebfrauenkirche and St. Peter’s Cathedral. The market is marked by a stone cross that dates 958. But it’s a replica, and the original stone has been preserved in the museum.

The city’s main square is the place for all their business activities, and you’ll find a bounty of colorful stores and surprises. It is an excellent place for tourists to relax and enjoy while exploring the beauty of centuries-old history surrounding it. It is the heart of the city and a place you definitely shouldn’t miss.

7. Rheinisches Landesmuseum

 Rheinisches Landesmuseum
Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Kleon3/Wikimedia)

Located in Weimarer Allee, Rheinisches Landesmuseum is one of the most excellent and significant museums of Roman artworks and antiquity of the region. It covers a collection of more than 200,000 years, which stretches from the pre-historic, the Romans, Middle Ages, to the Baroque period. In the museum, there are more than 4,500 items to tell a story.

You can view the massive collection of mosaics, Roman gold, and other coins, including a large room wholly dedicated to the monuments from Neumagen. There are also different unique experiences awaiting the tourists other than the monuments and a great addition to visiting places in Trier. It’s a full-on fascination.

6. Karl Marx House

The place where Karl Marx was born is now maintained as a museum dedicated to his life, writings, and the history of communism located in Brückenstraße. The museum displays the philosopher’s early life, family life, career, and death. But the house was later rebuilt and enlarged by several property owners.

In the museum, you will see a detailed exhibition on his impression and impact across the world. There are a few fascinating rooms to visit, including a beautiful garden and sculptures of the father of socialism.

5. Liebfrauenkirche

Liebfrauenkirche
Liebfrauenkirche (Berthold Werner/Wikimedia)

Liebfrauenkirche is one of the oldest Gothic Churches located in Liebfrauenstraße. Also known as The Church of Our Lady, which is next to Saint Peter’s Cathedral. The church was built in the 13th century known for its unique cruciform floor plan, which resembles the 12 petal rose as the symbol of the Virgin Mary, rosa mystica, the twelve tribes of Israel, and the Twelve Apostles. You’ll get to see the paintings of the apostles and the 12 articles of the Apostles’ Creed on the supporting columns.

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4. Aula Palatina

Aula Palatina
Aula Palatina (Heinz L.Boerder/Wikimedia)

Aula Palatina, also known as Basilica, is located in Konstantinplatz. This high-ceiling hall was built during the time of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, and today, the hall serves as a Protestant Church. During WWII, air raids burned the hall and were restored, but its interiors were not rebuilt, and the brick walls are still visible.

It’s one of the massive remaining single-room construction from Roman times. The hall is heightened with optical illusion where its windows and the bottom get smaller inch by inch as you reach the middle.

3. Kaiserthermen

Kaiserthermen
Kaiserthermen in Trier (Berthold Werner/Wikimedia)

Located in Südallee, Kaiserthermen, also known as The Imperial Baths, is 1600 years old, built during the rule of Constantine I. Although, at the present day, they’re in ruins, it was once the world’s most extensive baths.

If you’re keen to know how the Romans used to bath in those days, this 4th-century Roman imperial bath place will amaze you. You can see the impressive and complex structure of how it was built. There’s a museum at the building’s entrance, and you’ll see a huge colossal statue of Constantine’s foot.

2. Trier Cathedral

Trier Cathedral

Trier Cathedral is located in Liebfrauenstraße 12, next to Germany’s oldest Gothic church, ‘The Church of Our Lady’. The bishop’s church is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church was destroyed during WWII and has been rebuilt several times. Inside the church, you’ll get to see the architectural work of more than 1650 years, including The Robe of Jesus, the skull of St. Helena, the Holy Nails from the Cross, and much more.

1. Porta Nigra

Porta Nigra in Trier

Porta Nigra, or the black gate, was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD. As one of the enormous Roman city gates, it is the image of Trier. A remarkably well-preserved historical beauty is listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, and it’s the main reason why it’s the most popular thing to do in Trier. For centuries, the city gate was used as a town entrance, but it was used for various purposes with the end of the Roman Empire.

This majestic beauty is located in Porta-Nigra-Platz. If you’re looking for places to visit as a tourist, Porta Nigra is a must. Its splendid creation will leave you amazed. You can also climb to the top and view the city’s beauty to your heart’s content.