Why go?The oldest city in Germany with eight UNESCO World Heritage sites once used to be the capital of the Western Roman Empire - experience history at close quarters! The Romans founded Trier in 16 B.C. By the end of the 3rd century the city was an Imperial Residence and capital of the West-Roman Empire. Six emperors held court here, and as early as the 4th century Trier had a population of 80,000.
In the 12th century, the Archbishops of Trier became Prince Electors. They made Trier the capital of their electorate which experienced periods of great prosperity and despairing decline up until its dissolution at the end of the 18th century.
Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo enriched the city with churches, abbeys, stately homes of the nobility and the "Kurfürstliches Palais" (Electoral Palace) with its magnificent "Palastgarten" (Palace Gardens). Quite justifiably, the Roman monuments, the Trierer Dom (Trier Cathedral) and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) were declared a treasure of world civilization by the UNESCO, bringing its architectural history worldwide acclaim.
In addition, Trier is Germany's oldest wine-growing center. Famous vineyard estates and celebrated wine producers are headquartered here!