Inside Germany: Lost in Trier

June 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm 4 comments


 
Last month, I signed up for a tour starting in Trier, Germany. Getting there was quite a challenge, but it was all worth it. As the oldest city in Germany, it’s rich in history and ancient landmarks.

From the Frankfurt International Airport, I went to the Fernbahnof Railway Travel Center and purchased a ticket to Mainz with a train connection to Trier.

I was told that the train would leave in 15 minutes, so I rushed to the train station right away. When I arrived, a train was already waiting on the platform track. I boarded it just in time before the doors closed. Only problem was it was the wrong train.

A kindly passenger told me that there was no point to panic. He looked at the train routes in his smartphone and said I could get off at Cologne and catch a train to Trier from there. In the meantime, he suggested that I should look out the window and enjoy the view. He helped the lady from New York standing beside me who was lost, too. What a guy. Hail, to human kindness!

I arrived in Trier at about 2 pm. From the train station, I had a choice of taking the taxi or walking for 30 minutes to the hotel. I decided to walk and save the 10-Euro fare breaking one of the cardinal rules of traveling that says time is more precious than money. The supposedly 30-minute walk took me three hours as the hotel was hard to find on foot. Needless to say, I arrived at the hotel exhausted and begging for sympathy which I didn’t get.

Trier was founded by the Romans in the 13th century BC. Constantine, the first Christian emperor and his mother, St. Helena established residence here. Walking around the city reminded me of the “grandeur that was Rome.”
 
st. peter's cathedral
 
St. Peter’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Germany. Construction began during the time of Constantine in 326 AD. It contains many religious relics including the holy robe worn by Christ during his crucifixion, the holy nail, the tooth of St. Peter, the sandal of St. Andrew, and the skull of Constantine’s mother, St. Helena.

incidentally, there are 94 churches and chapels in Trier attesting to its early Christian roots.
 
porta nigra
 
Porta Nigra – Largest 2nd century Roman city gate in the Alps.
 
market square
 
The Market Cross stands in the middle of Hauptmark (Market Square). It was granted to Trier by Otto the Great, considered to be the founder of the Holy Roman Empire. It signified its right to hold markets on specific days of the week. In the old days, not all towns and villages had this privilege.
 
ancient roman baths
 
You can also find here the largest Roman baths outside of ancient Rome.
 
burg eltz castle
 
While in Trier, we also visited the Burg Eltz Medieval Castle sitting on top of the hill above the Moselle river. Interestingly, it’s still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  June 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for the tour of this historic town. Getting on a wrong train can be frustrating…

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    • 2. plaridel  |  June 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      amy:

      part of traveling is getting lost. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Leigh W. Smith  |  June 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Awesome stories and pictures, Plaridel. We, too, got lost in Germany several (or several severals!) years ago, and I spoke passable German. Oops! But, as I think you said, we sat back and enjoyed the scenery. Wish we could have spent much more time there. Regardless, thank you so much for sharing your experiences and photographs. I’m glad you’ve seemed to have had a magical time. 🙂

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    • 4. plaridel  |  June 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      leigh:

      i’m pretty sure you’ll have another opportunity to visit this great country. 🙂

      Reply

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