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The Spontaneous Trip to Trier, Germany

One of the things I love the most about road trips is the freedom to be spontaneous. The freedom to spend more time in one place – or leave earlier than expected to go somewhere completely different instead. Or just add an extra day if going home seems a bit too soon. Am I ever ready to go home from a road trip? No.

One of those road trips led me to Germany, to a city called Trier (or Treves, if you prefer its former name).

We were on the road, my boyfriend and I, on our way from Luxembourg to France. Our trunk was full of Belgian fruit beers and six different dipping sauces for fries – the result of a trip to a supermarket in Belgium, a couple of days earlier. As much as I love beer, fries and dipping sauces, I didn’t feel completely satisfied. I wanted more. I wanted German candy. And German chocolate. Or just an excuse to go to Germany to satisfy my need for adventures. The nearest city that seemed interesting based on a quick search on Google, was Trier. And boy was it interesting!

Before getting our fix of Ritter Sport and Haribo, we decided to check out the city and its tourist attractions. The High Cathedral of Saint Peter and the Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) were the first monuments we went to explore. The cathedral, a Roman Catholic church, is the oldest cathedral in Germany. The Church of Our Lady is, along with the Cathedral of Magdeburg, the earliest Gothic church in Germany and is located next to the Trier Dom.

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We moved on to the Hauptmarkt, where my partner decided it was time for lunch – more specifically, a curry wurst (Bratwurst hot-dog with curry ketchup). I’m not much of a hot-dog eater, so I skipped lunch to save space for what I already knew would be a heavy meal – at the traditional German restaurant we were planning to visit later that day.

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We wanted to visit the Imperial Roman Baths (Kaiserthermen), but decided not to – as there was too much renovation work going on and the entrance fee was kind of high (considering the fact that we Β wouldn’t be able to see much anyway). We took a few photos from afar and were satisfied with that. I guess I’ll have to come back in the future and visit the ruins properly after the renovation work is completely finished.

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Another historical piece found in Trier is the Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate. Today, it is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps. The gate is designated as part of the Roman monuments – which, along with the High Cathedral of Saint Peter and Church of Our Lady – are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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While on our way to see the Roman Baths, we came across another gorgeous site; the Electoral Palace (Kurfurstliches Palais) – a gorgeous rococo building from 1615.

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After a few hours of walking around exploring this lovely city in the Moselle region (which is a region of amazing white wine, FYI), my belly started rumbling and begging me to feed it. I’m never one to disagree with my belly, so my partner and I agreed to look for a good restaurant somewhere nearby, where we could both enjoy a big, fat meal and celebrate this nice little spontaneous day trip.

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Hello, Zum Domstein ! What a great dinner it was. My significant other ordered a wiener schnitzel. A classic choice. And me, I channeled my inner grandma and ordered meat loaf. Accompanied by a pint of banana beer, because banana beer is simply amazing.

We parked our car right next to a supermarket, which gave us immediate access to buy as much as we could carry of those sweet, delicious Haribo sweets and Ritter Sport chocolates. What a great way to end an already lovely day.

Thank you Trier, for the unexpected as well as the expected.

 

 

 

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36 comments on “The Spontaneous Trip to Trier, Germany

  1. I love Germany, and it has always been on my bucket list to take a road trip around Germany! The cathedral looks more like a castle, and how awesome that it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Thanks for sharing about this lesser known gem – I’d love to visit one day!

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  2. I love Germany especially all its amazing history and to be honest I have never heard of Trier but it sounds great and looks beautiful by your post. This is definitely a hidden Gem and thank you for sharing. I really want to visit Electoral Palace (Kurfurstliches Palais) for myself now. I will need to drop you a line when I go for tips πŸ™‚

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  3. I once ended up on a spontanous trip to Trier too! I loved the sweet white wines so much, it was delicious! We were only a week late for the wine celebrations but that’s what you get when you don’t plan too much

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  4. I didn’t even realise this place existed!! Wow, the cathedral is breath taking! Some great pics and a great post!

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  5. What a wonderful surprise this must’ve been. I love discovering new places that weren’t even on my itinerary. And – wow – the architecture is mind-blowing! Now I need to go to Trier to taste some banana beer.

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  6. Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer

    I love a spontaneous trip and it sounds like you chose a good one. I love Germany and of course the chocolates as you mentioned.
    I would definitely visit Trier if I am in the area. Thanks for sharing this spontaneous trip with us.

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  7. Never heard of this before! Germany such has incredible hidden gems! Would definitely visit Trier if I have the opportunity, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ xx

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  8. These are stunning pictures of Germany. Love and miss doing road trip, there is nothing better than getting in a car and just taking off, I used to not even plan the trip and just go wherever the road takes me, I’d be a little afraid outside of the country to blindly road trip, most likely would get lost. I’m going to have to venture out a little more I think!

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  9. First I love that you made a detour to Germany for chocolate and candy. That sounds like the kind of detour I would make.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Roman Baths..Trier sounds pretty fascinating place to visit. I’m hoping to visit Germany next year so I’ll have to see about visiting Trier for myself.

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  10. Ah this looks so good! I love hidden gems in Germany – in fact I’ve just blogged about one so reading your post is very timely for me πŸ™‚ I love sweet wine so I’m sure I’d enjoy this region. Had to giggle at your photo of the roman baths covered in scaffolding. I’ve ended up with pictures of all sorts of historical things round Europe covered in building works. There’s always something under repair in every historical city!

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    • Haha, that’s so true. I remember in Athens, renovation everywhere. And obviously the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona too. I’m gonna check out your blog and read your posts on Germany πŸ˜€

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  11. I personally haven’t been there, but it looks like you had a great time! Love all the photos that you took!

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  12. Admire the spontaneity of your trip- sometimes you just need German sweets! An electoral palace would stand out anywhere but shame they were renovating the baths. If you haven’t tried the Roman Baths in Bath (UK) they are really incredible too.

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  13. You just put Trier on my bucket list! I really want to visit the cathedral!

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  14. I understand your craving for Ritter Sports and Haribo, big enough to make it into a trip to Germany. That’s what I sometimes do, take the ferry, cross the channel and stock myself with French wine. πŸ™‚ The town of Trier looks very pretty, definitely worth visiting. Great choice! πŸ™‚

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  15. I agree with you 100% about road trips. I love that you can veer off course to discover new things along your journey, and have the freedom to explore places that you wouldn’t see if you were flying or taking the train. Trier looks lovely and so historic, I will have to visit one day!

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  16. Kreete | AdventurousTrails

    I have yet to make it to Germany, but have heard so much about it! And yes, who doesn’t love a good roadtrip where you can just go where you please! We did a similar trip in Europe with my partner, but instead of our own car, we hitchhiked, took buses and eventually flew home when we found ourselves in Prague and our flight to Australia was leaving in two days from Estonia. πŸ˜€

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  17. Spontaneous trips are always the best ones, you start without any expectations and end up collecting hell lot of experiences. I loved the historical views of this place.

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  18. Love road trips and the freedom it gives you in taking on random off the beaten path adventures! Love this post, and I wish I could get some currywurst now.

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