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Tracking the Witch-Hunts in Trier

From the end of the 15th century, anyone who lived near a bell tower would have very restless nights during the month of May, when, between 9pm and 4am, certain churches would take turns ringing their bells. But the people accepted it – after all, it was protecting them. Because many of them believed May was the month when a particularly large number of witches were active in the night sky. Only sanctified bells could stop them from harming the ‘normal’ people.
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But what was normal at the time? From the 15th century onwards, anyone who had unusual knowledge, led a supposedly improper lifestyle, or simply had money could be made a witch. This applied to men and women, the rich and the poor, single people and entire families. After all, someone had to be held accountable for famines, extreme weather events and epidemics. And if the executed person also left some assets behind, their death was considered a double blessing.

The tour tracks the witch-hunts that raged particularly fiercely in Trier in the 16th and 17th centuries. It sheds light on all aspects of the belief in witches: The belief in the witches’ dance floor, where witches would court demons, the belief in torture as the only possible way of withdrawing confessions from witches and sorcerers, and the belief that this entire belief is false. In any case, Trier is still home to the grave of the man (Friedrich Spee) whose polemic against the belief in witches significantly helped end the fearsome series of executions – well beyond Trier’s borders.

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Meeting place:
Tourist Information Office at the Porta Nigra or by arrangement

120 minutes

€ 140.00 / in German: € 130.00

Group size:
Max. 25 persons

For integrated inside visits entrance fees can be added. Information can be found at the respective attraction / museum.


Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Tourist-Information next to the Porta Nigra
Guided Tours

Simeonstraße 60
54290 Trier

Tel. +49 (0)651 97808 -52, -21, -20

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