The Christmas Market of Trier
Today's excursion takes us into Germany by rail. We arrive in
Trier, which at over 2,000 years old, claims to be the Germany's
oldest city in Germany and is home to the UNESCO-listed Porta
Nigra, the northern entrance to Trier, built by the Romans around
200 AD. Its name means 'Black Gate', a name it has retained since
the Middle Ages, by which point the stone had become discoloured.
In the 11th century, much of the gate was turned into a church.
There is plenty to explore here, including the birthplace of Karl
Marx, possibly Trier's most famous son, and the Roman Baths. At
this time of year however, one of Trier's highlights has to be its
annual Christmas Market, set against the idyllic backdrop of the
city's turreted cathedral, which also boasts the title of Germany's
oldest church. Here you can wander round the hundred or more
festive traditional wooden chalets, beautifully decorated for the
- Trier's Christmas Market