I know we’re already a third of the way through, but happy November! I’ve finally allowed myself to start buying the delicious Christmas treats that Germany has to offer. The weather is also cooling down, though not as much as in Canada, and people are starting to decorate for Christmas. This year has been a strange one, to say the least, so I’m looking forward to decorating and enjoying my second Christmas in Germany.
While we travelled to Trier at the end of October, for the month of November Germany is under what the government calls a “lockdown light”. The Covid-19 cases have gone up drastically, so now restaurants, bars and anywhere people can have fun have to be closed. Luckily for me, fun these days means hitting up the park rather than a bar!
The Oldest City in Germany
Trier is located in the Mosel Wine region, bordering Luxembourg, in the state of Rheinland Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). It was roughly a 3 hour drive from where we living in the Kleve region.
The Roman Empire first made settlement here in 16 BC and the city celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1984! Coming from a relatively young country as a Canadian, I always find European history difficult to fathom. 2000 years of development, the power struggles between different groups, and just knowing people have been walking those streets for so long. There is so much history to take in!
Walking Through the Altstadt
Arriving in the city and finding parking was relatively easy. We parked right in the Altstadt (old town) and from there we could easily explore the city. If you’re looking for easy day-trips in Germany, visiting the old town of a city you’ve never been to is always a safe bet. There’s food to eat, beautiful buildings to admire, and cute shops to explore.
Though mask-wearing was required throughout the Altstadt, it was still good to be out in the fresh air and enjoy the city.
The Trier Cathedral
One of the main focal points of any European city is the cathedral. Almost every town has one, but, for me, they never stop being beautiful and I always have to go inside.
The Trier Cathedral, also known as The High Cathedral of Saint Peter, is the oldest in Germany. From the outside, it doesn’t look as spectacular as others that I’ve seen, but the inside tells a different story. The Trier cathedral is also a UNSECO Heritage site, making it particularly special.
The construction began in roughly 270 AD and new additions have been added on throughout the years to create the building which stands today.
The Porta Nigra
Another UNESCO heritage site and perhaps the most well-known structure in the city is the Porta Nigra. The large sandstone gate began construction in 170 AD. There used to be three other gates connected to the city walls, but they are no longer standing.
To read more about the Porta Nigra, you can find more information on the city’s english tourism website here. We actually didn’t do much research ourselves before visiting and I can see by the website that there is so much to see in the area! 5 hours in the city was definitely a good day trip, but more time in the area is really needed to see it.
Though I wish that we could have explored more of Germany this year, I’m looking forward to what the next year has to offer. I think we can all agree that it’s time for 2020 to come to end, but I want to know in the comments what your highlight from this year was. I know this won’t be my last post of the year, but I’m still curious about the positive things that have happened to people as the year comes to a close.
If you enjoy posts like this one, make sure you read about the trip we took to Dresden back in June. And we’ll see you next time!