The Moselle flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany past pitoresque medieval towns and vertiginous hillsides filled with vines. It meanders leisurely from place to place, holding in store sights of fairy-tale castles or fortresses, some destroyed by long-ago battles or lovingly restored and maintained. Around every bend in the river, wine restaurants and small towns glued to the hillsides await, where time seems to stand still.
Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz
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When the Treverians heard 2000 years ago what the Roman Emperor Augustus was planning to do along the Moselle, they were understandably not very enthusiastic. The Celtic tribe had been living in the Moselle valley for centuries, had survived the Roman invasion under Caesar largely unscathed, and now his son wanted to tear down their settlements and build a new Roman city?
Emperor Augustus knew how to appease the Treverians. He connected the new metropolis to the Roman long-distance road and trade network, and named it not only after himself, but also after the Treverians: Augusta Treverorum, founded in 16 BC.
Today, this founding date gives Trier the title of «Germany's oldest city». And even the grandchildren of the Treverians bear no resemblance to the Romans. On the contrary, the people of Trier are proud of their «Pochta», as the Porta Nigra, the Roman city gate, is called in the Mosel-Franconian dialect, as well as of the basilica, the amphitheater or the Imperial Baths.
Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites lie within walking distance in and around the city center - almost all of them built by the Romans. But as you stroll along the cobblestones of the pedestrian zone, past the fragrant fruit and flower market, the lovely displays of the small stores and the stretched-out parasols of the numerous cafés, you can also embark on a journey through later eras: Medieval residential towers, half-timbered houses from the Renaissance, magnificent electoral buildings or the birthplace of Karl Marx - in Trier you will discover history at every turn.
Even though the Porta Nigra, the «black gate», welcomes visitors: Trier is colorful, all year round. In the soft green of spring, stroll through the palace garden, earn your first ice cream of the season by hiking to the Weisshauswald, or ride your bike along the Moselle to Luxembourg, while the sun's rays glisten in the blue of the Moselle beside you. During the summer months, you will be captivated by the particularly rich cultural offerings. In the medieval Brunnenhof you can swing and jazz with thoroughbred musicians from Trier and the surrounding area, at the Old Town Festival you can rock with the whole city on several large and small stages, and at the Moselle Music Festival you can immerse yourself in the classical concert world of national and international standing.
Autumn is the time for color explorers: Outside the window, red and yellow leaves waft through the air, but what does it look like on the other side of the glass? Is the Riesling more ivory or golden, more pale yellow or pearly? Why not discuss this question directly with a winemaker at the winery or at a wine tasting in the city center? But connoisseurs do not only get their money's worth by drinking: feast on a dinner according to the original recipes of the Roman gourmet Apicius, enjoy noble haute cuisine or the simple Trier national dish «Teerdich» made of mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.
Finally, in winter, one of Germany's most beautiful Christmas markets beckons you to Trier's Hauptmarkt. Marvel at the large Christmas pyramid in the Domfreihof and sniff your way through the aroma of fresh gingerbread and cinnamon wafers. If you can't find all your Christmas presents here, you can use Trier as a base for short trips to Luxembourg, France or Belgium. And culture lovers are naturally attracted by the numerous museums in Trier, first and foremost the Rhineland Regional Museum with the largest Roman gold coin treasure in the world.