Trier in Brief
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German state: Rhineland-Palatinate
Official city logo:
Klaus Jensen, SPD
The city patron saint St. Peter
holds the key to the
Kingdom of Heaven in his right
hand and a book in his left hand.
of those, about 103,000 with main residence and about 5,000 with secondary residence
410-1300 ft/125-396 m above sea level
49° 45' north, 6° 40' east
City area: 45 mi²/117 km²
Trier-Mitte-Gartenfeld, Trier-Nord, Trier-Süd, Trier-Ehrang-Quint, Trier-Pfalzel, Trier-Biewer, Trier-Ruwer-Eitelsbach, Trier-West-Pallien, Trier-Euren, Trier-Zewen, Trier-Olewig, Trier-Kürenz, Trier-Tarforst, Trier-Filsch, Trier-Irsch, Trier-Kernscheid, Trier-Feyen-Weismark, Trier-Heiligkreuz, Trier-Mariahof
54290, 54292, 54293, 54294, 54295, 54296
License plate designation:
Administration street address:
Rathaus der Stadt Trier
City Administration postal address:
Rathaus der Stadt Trier
Telephone: +49 651 7180
Tourist Information Trier street address:
An der Porta Nigra
Tourist Information Trier postal address:
Telephone: +49 651 978080
Trier is Germany’s oldest city with more than 2000 years of history. But Trier is also a city young at heart with a future, a city with a favorable geographical location in the “heart of Europe.”
Trier, originally “Augusta Treverorum”, was founded by the Romans under Emperor Augustus in 17 BC near the tribal sanctuary of the Celtic Treveri.
In AD 293, Emperor Diocletian made Trier, called Treveris at the time, a Roman Imperial residence and capital city of the Western Roman Empire.
Conquered by the Germanic Franks in the 5th century, Trier was allotted to Eastern Francia (eastern German kingdom) at the Carolingian partition in 870.
In the 12th century, the Trier archbishops were simultaneously electors in the Holy Roman Empire. They made Trier the capital of the electoral state, which experienced times of great flowering and profound decline until its dissolution around 1800. After a brief period as a part of France, Trier then was situated in Prussia in 1814 and then in Rhineland-Palatinate after the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.
With its about 100,000 inhabitants, Trier is today a city independent of the county, a bishop’s city and a university city.
Trier is the center of the wine-growing area on the Moselle, Saar, and Ruwer as
well as the site of well-known, even world-renowned companies in the food and
tobacco industry, textile industry, precision engineering, a unique vacation
and leisure area, the building industry, and a place of artistic craftsmanship.
The channeled Moselle has an industrial and shipment harbor and a freight traffic center. Trier is a shopping center for the Trier area and neighboring countries.
Trier is a tourist center, a greatly diverse travel destination for guests worldwide, a popular conference center, a unique vacation and leisure area. It forms the starting point for excursions on the Moselle and the Saar, into the Eifel and the Hunsrück mountains and into the neighboring countries of Luxembourg, Belgium, and France.
The monuments are stone testimonials to the Roman and electoral eras. The Porta Nigra, the Imperial Baths, the Amphitheater, the Barbara Baths, the recently excavated Forum Baths, and the Roman Bridge over the Moselle make us aware today of the still grand dimensions of a once splendid Roman city. The many guests who visit the city year in, year out are captivated by the unique ambiance where the old and the new coincide.
The Tourist Information Trier will assist you in all your questions about your tourist destination.
Trier is an open-air museum of European architecture with structures from the
Roman, Romanesque, and the Gothic eras as well as from the Renaissance, the
baroque, and neo-classicism.
For centuries the city has been the center of the Moselle area. Not only a university and a technical university are located here but also the European Academy of the Visual Arts and the Academy of European Law. Trier has a great number of cultural institutions and schools.
With over 100 sports clubs, the city offers many opportunities for sports activities to keep yourself fit. Many types of sports profit from the favorable landscape features in the city. Both water sports and the sports disciplines dependent on wide-open spaces can find ideal conditions here. The European Academy of Rhineland-Palatinate Sports has had its headquarters here since 1994.