Photos: Trier, Germany

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Trier is Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx. It is also a treasure trove of Roman history. In this Trier photo gallery, you will find photographs of the city’s main tourist attractions, including the historic Porta Nigra, but also more mundane, everyday views of this German city. For more about Trier’s history and its many attractions, see: City Guide: Trier, Germany.

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No other German city has as many notable Roman ruins per square meter as Trier.

The Porta Nigra in Trier. The “black gate,” built by the Romans, has become the main symbol of Trier.

Trier Porta Nigra

In Roman times, Trier had four city gates in the wall surrounding the city. Today, the Porta Nigra (“black gate”) is the only one still standing. It has become the main symbol of Trier and its Roman past. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Another view of the Porta Nigra and a 12th century Romanesque addition.

Trier Porta Nigra detail

Although the “black gate” has darkened over the centuries, it is built of light-colored sandstone. The rounded Romanesque section on the right was added in the 12th century. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

The pedestrians-only Simeonstraße runs between the Porta Nigra and the Hauptmarkt square in Trier.

Trier main street

In this view looking down Trier’s Simeonstraße, we see the Porta Nigra in the background. This pedestrians-only street runs between the Porta Nigra and the Hauptmarkt square (behind us), which is the true center of Trier. The building on the right (with arched windows) is the Dreikönigenhaus (see next photo). PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Another view of the Porta Nigra in Trier.

Porta Nigra

An overall view of the Roman Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Trier Attractions
A Moorish tower, landmark churches, and Germany’s oldest bridge.

The unusual Dreikönigenhaus on Simeonstraße in Trier.

Trier Moorish house

The Dreikönigenhaus (House of the Three Magi) on Trier’s Simeonstraße, was originally built in 1230 as a Romanesque tower house (Wohnturm), but has undergone many changes in the centuries since then. Today it is an apartment house with a café on the ground floor. The building’s name is said to come from a painting that once graced the interior. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Two landmark churches in Trier – the oldest in Germany.

Trier cathedral

The Trier Cathedral (left) and the Gothic Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) stand side-by-side. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Interior view of Trier’s cathedral, showing a Baroque domed ceiling.

Trier cathedral interior

One of the many highlights of the interior of the Trier cathedral and its various architectural styles is this elaborate Baroque domed ceiling. The Roman Emperor Constantine began construction of this Christian church named for St. Peter in 326, the same year he began construction of another St. Peter’s – in Rome. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

Another interior view of Trier’s cathedral, showing its main altar and central nave.

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Looking towards the massive altar at one end of the Trier cathedral. The original Roman cathedral was four times the size of the current structure. The church now features a collection of holy relics and two large pipe organs. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

The Römerbrücke (Roman bridge) on the Mosel dates back to A.D. 150.

Trier Roman bridge

The Römerbrücke (Roman bridge) was built by the Romans to cross the Moselle (Mosel) River at Trier. Not only is this bridge the oldest still standing in Germany, but most of the pillars are the original Roman (dark basalt) stonework, dating from about A.D. 150. This current Roman bridge is the third one built at this location since Trier was founded in 16 B.C. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

The Coyote Café in Trier’s old town.

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Trier’s popular Coyote Café. PHOTO: Hyde Flippo

NEXT > Trier’s Karl Marx Museum, the Rheinisches Museum, and more

Next | Part 2 of our Trier Photo Gallery

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