History of Trier

In 2009, Trier celebrated its 2025th birthday and its uninterrupted tradition of urban living since 17 BC. The founding date is derived from the age of the wooden pilings of the first Moselle bridge found in the mud of the river. Through a comparison of the annual growth rings (dendrochronology), the date when the trees for the pilings were felled was determined to be 17 BC.

In its eventful history, Trier has served, among other purposes, as the seat of government for the Western Roman Empire; in the Middle Ages, it received the name “holy city”; it has survived many wars as a border city between Germany and France, and is today a university city in the heart of Europe.

Learn more about the history of Germany’s oldest city during different periods of history:

Trier Chronicle
All the great events in Trier over the last 2200 years, clearly arranged chronologically

Personalities
From Emperor Constantine the Great to Karl Marx: Get acquainted with the most influential and well-known personalities from 2025 years of world history who were born in Trier or have had significant influence here.

Literature on Trier's history
Would you like to learn more about Trier's history? Our literature list can offer you a bit of assistance.

Current literature on Trier
You can find current literature and many other attractive Trier items in our online shop.