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  • Day23

    Day 23: Trier

    July 31, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We arrive in Trier just in time to buy our diner before the last supermarket closes (it feels good to go back to the German prices!).

    We then walk towards this bushy hill that will hide us for the night. On the way there, I find more blackberries, but I restrain myself and remember the spot for breakfast tomorrow (only slightly obsessed). We finally find our spot, not too far in the forest and fall asleep to the melodious sound of ambulance horns.Read more

  • Day33


    July 29, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Our first task in this city was to get a vehicle pass to enable us to visit any of the 43 cities in Germany classed as low emission zones (Trier not being one of them). Perseverance was the name of the game as we'd previously made several unsuccessful attempts and the Fiat garage we'd specifically travelled to didn't do them either. When we eventually found a garage that was able to provide one, it was a simple case of passing over the van's papers to be checked and paying €5 for the disk. The negotiations along the way did test Will's linguistic skills but we'd recommend trying to find somewhere that displays a 'DEKRA' sign (the German equivalent of the MOT).

    We pulled into the 120 place stopover just over the river from the city centre and were issued with a credit card when we opened the entry barrier. This would log how long we stayed and what facilities we used, ready for us to pay off at the machine upon leaving.

    Using the excellent cycle track along the river and over the bridge into the city we set off to explore the Karl Marx house and a Roman ampitheatre big enough to accommodate 20,000 spectators.

    Trier is bursting with historical sights such as the bright pink Rokoko Palais built for King Constantine but it has a vibrant atmosphere with many students and tourists adding to the mix. We especially liked the 'hippy' and knitting shops!
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  • Day236

    Trier, Germany

    January 4, 2018 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Andreas and I went on a day trip from Luxembourg to the oldest city in Germany, Trier. We visited the local church. It had spectacular ceilings and carvings, with a breathtaking organ hanging from the ceiling. After exploring the city, we recreated one of our first dates at a coffee shop in an old medieval building. We recently celebrated our seventh anniversary! We are quickly realizing one of the greatest parts of Europe is its close proximity and easy access to other countries.Read more

  • Day296

    Day 297: Cologne to Trier

    December 8, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Busy day of travelling today, thankfully it was good weather! Left our Airbnb around 9:45 and walked to the station, finally the sun was out (first time in at least a week) and we managed to get a proper picture of the cathedral in the sunlight!

    Our destination for the day was Trier, a town a couple of hours south of Cologne, right near the border with Luxembourg. Thankfully it was a direct train so we could just sit, relax and enjoy for 3 hours. Not too crowded either! Arrived in Trier around 1:30pm, grabbed some supplies at the supermarket since we're staying a little out of town, then caught the bus out to our Airbnb. It's about 30 minutes walk or a 10 minute bus ride out of town, so naturally we opted for the bus. Though I really hate catching buses with all our luggage and Schnitzel as well - I feel very awkward, conspicuous and in the way.

    But we arrived at our Airbnb with no problems; a fairly large ground floor apartment with under-floor heating. It was quite cold, not snowing though seemingly on the cusp of it! Since it was now around 3pm we opted to stay in for the rest of the day, only venturing out to the hotel across the road for dinner. Had a burger for dinner while Shandos had a poached chicken leg; they also brew their own beer which I made sure to sample!
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  • Day297

    Day 298: Exploring Trier

    December 9, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Trier itself is a World Heritage site, and the reason we'd come here. It was a very important Roman colony in the latter empire days, and a few buildings and ruins still remain, so off we went.

    There had been a bit of snowfall overnight but nothing too drastic, though it was back to being gloomy and overcast of course. Decided to walk into town since the first couple of stops were along the way. Stop number 1 was a Roman amphitheatre, not quite as well preserved as other ones we've seen in Merida, Tarragona or the Colosseum, but still quite nice. Or so I've been told, we arrived to find a sign on the gate saying it was closed due to snow and ice. Frustrating!

    Walked another 10 minutes towards town to the ruined Imperial Baths, a large bathing complex that was constructed by the emperor Constantine the Great who was said to really like Trier and stayed there quite often. Took us a while to find the entrance, and then discovered that it too was closed due to ice and snow! Going to be a great video!

    Further into town we arrived at Constantine's basilica, which thankfully wasn't closed! Despite the name, it was originally constructed as a throne room, and is the largest surviving hall from antiquity - 60 metres long and 30 metres high. There's also a cool perspective trick, where the windows aren't quite the same width, despite looking identical - it makes you think they're further away than they actually are! It's no longer a throne room, obviously, it was converted into a church in I think the 8th century.

    Next stop was the cathedral, a building that can boast the rare distinction of being partly a Roman-era Christian church. Although there's basically nothing of the original Roman structure remaining above ground, it's still a pretty cool distinction. Some lovely 10th century Romanesque architecture on the exterior as well. Interior was worth a 15 minute visit to have a look around - the holy relic here was a tunic of Christ's, though I'm always a little sceptical of these things given that I can't find socks from two months ago, let alone what I was wearing 2000 years ago!

    Shandos had found a great burger restaurant in town which we decided to have lunch at, but we walked the 10 minutes there only to discover it's probably the only place in Germany that doesn't allow dogs! Disappointed, we found another burger place but that didn't allow dogs either! What the hell?! Frustrated, we ended up having a usual bakery sandwich lunch.

    Next up was the the Porta Nigra or the black gate - a large gate in the (no longer existing) city wall that has survived since the late Roman period. It's very tall, constructed of sandstone that's all turned black from pollution over the centuries. Very cool. This, thankfully was open, so we took turns going inside and climbing to the top. Nice view, and very impressive to see the construction of enormous blocks, stacked together with no mortar (though held in place with metal clamps).

    Next stop, the Roman Bridge! Trier is on the Mosel river, and the bridge here has stood since Roman times. Just the pillar bases though, the arches and the deck are from the 19th century. It managed to survive the war because it was captured so quickly, the retreating Germans didn't have time to blow it up!

    Final stop for the day was the Barbara Baths - not sure why they're called that! The largest bath complex outside of Rome, it was of course closed due to snow and ice as well. Win some, you lose some I guess. Back home exhausted, where we cooked our pasta supplies for dinner!
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  • Day298

    Day 299: Day Off in Trier

    December 10, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    Decided to have a day off today, mainly because we've got two more days here in Trier and only one WHS to visit. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks slightly better than for today, where moderate snowfall was expected. It was dry for a lot of the morning, but the snowfall started around late morning and didn't really let up. Unfortunately for us though, it was Sunday which meant all the shops were closed, and we had no food in the house!

    Given the weather, neither of us felt like venturing into town for kebabs or anything, but luckily for us there was a super local Christmas market happening at the hotel across the road, complete with food and local trinkets. So we waited for that to open around 2pm then headed over for a late lunch. Spent the rest of the day relaxing, then headed over again in the evening for dinner. They were packing up so not many options still available, but thankfully we could still eat something!
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  • Day1


    April 22, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Day 1: After 12 hours on the roads of France and Germany, we arrived in Trier. We visited the town, which was taken by the Romans at the time. It's really beautiful, there are a lot of buildings from different times of History. The one I liked the best was the Cathedral.
    In the afternoon, we visited the "Spielzeug Museum" (the toys museum) and then the "Karl Marx Hause" (the Karl Marx house). Then we went to our host family and spent the night there.Read more

  • Day4

    Tag 4 - Willkommen in Trier

    July 16, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Es ist jetzt genau 22 Uhr und wir ankern heute etwa 10km vor Trier. Morgen früh wollen wir in Trier anlegen, um unseren Proviant aufzustocken & im Bauhaus Leim für das abgebrochene Holzdingsbums zu kaufen.
    Was gibt es über den heutigen Tag zu berichten?
    Tja, heute war der bisher turbulenteste Tag unserer Reise. Das Schleusen klappt doch noch nicht so gut wie geglaubt - jedenfalls nicht mit der Berufsschiifffahrt. Als wir zusammen mit der dicken Pönte (einem fetten Tanker) eingefahren sind, hatten wir schon leichte Probleme beim Festmachen, da ja am Vortag, das Holzdingsbums abgefallen ist.
    Gregor musste 'Shippy' so stark mit dem Seil an den Schleusenklampen anziehen, dass dabei unsere Taucherbrille von Bord gegangen ist. Gregor bat mich sofort die Taucherbrille zu holen. Ich meinte jedoch: "Ach, das ist doch jetzt egal. Wir kaufen 'ne Neue."...Das dachte ich auch noch, bis auch der Schleusenwärter uns weniger freundlich darauf hinwies "unseren Schieß einzusammeln". Also sprang ich todesmutig ins Wasser und holte sie raus. So, jetzt konnten wir endlich schleusen, was an sich problemlos verlief, bis die Schleuse sich öffnete...
    ...dann setzte sich nämlich die dicke Pönte in Bewegung: Sie gab Gas und wir strömten davon. Da wir ja kein Holzdingsbums hatten, musste Gregor ja die Leine halten, was aber bei unseren 3,8 Tonnen schweren 'Shippy' und der Schubleistung der dicken Pönte kein einfaches Unterfangen war. Heißt: Gregor wäre fast über Bord gegangen, wir hätten fast ein anderes mitgeschleustes Segelboot gerammt, mir wäre vor Schreck fast wieder die Taucherbrille ins Wasser gefallen und auch der Schleusenwärter fand das gar nicht lustig.
    Aber: Gregor hat sich (durch seine Herkuleskräfte;-) an Bord halten können und ist mit einigen Brandblasen an den Händen davon gekommen. Shippy hat diesmal kaum Lack gelassen und ich hab jetzt viel weniger Angst vor den Sportbootschleusen.
    Der Rest des Tages wurde aber umso besser: Nicht nur haben wir es tatsächlich bis Trier geschafft, wir haben auch noch einige wunderschöne Landstriche bestaunen können und einen super Ankerplatz zum Übernachten gefunden, wie ihr auf den Fotos sehen werdet.
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