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Forum Baths

World heritage punishes latecomers – and that’s something even the Forum Baths can vouch for. During the second half of the 1st century, the Romans commenced their construction project at a prime location, right by the Roman Forum, in the communal heart of the city. The Forum Baths are therefore also the city’s oldest bath complex – and they would have been all but guaranteed the status of being part of Trier’s World Heritage Site. The only thing was, it was too late: The UNESCO Commission had already named the ‘Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Truer’ a World Heritage Site in 1986 – and the Forum Baths were only discovered a year later, in 1987.

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People had stumbled upon the ruins by accident while digging a pit for an underground car park. What they saw there proved to be so important that the location of the underground car park was moved, thereby saving at least part of the archaeological find, and a structure designed by German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers was built over them. He created a monumental glass building inspired by street paving that had also been designed by him, giving the impression that the paving at the site of the Forum Baths had somehow elevated itself and exposed the historic heritage. Today, the Forum Baths boast the most elaborate casing in the city – in the form of the ‘Ungers Building’. So they’re totally fine with the fact that they don’t bear the title of ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’. After all, true historic greatness can stand alone.

A must for: Marketgoers and believers in coincidences. Architecture and symbolism enthusiasts. Elevator-riders and stair-climbers.

Stone: 60%
Glass: 80%
Reflection: 20%


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The Forum Baths are also regularly used for events. The wine forum every January is particularly popular, with wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts meeting at literally award-winning wineries from the entire Moselle wine region: The best of the ‘state prize’ (Landesweinprämierung), ‘honorary prize’ (Ehrenpreis) and ‘state honorary prize’ (Staatsehrenpreis) winners. Some 200 different types of wines can be tasted. But Bacchus put speed ahead of pleasure: Tickets always go on sale from the end of the year prior, and some sessions usually sell out very quickly. For more information, visit www.weinforum-trier.de.

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Regular:
tuesdays - sundays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on mondays (except public holidays)


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Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Admission prices

Adults: € 4.00
Adults with reduced price*: € 3.00
Children and pupils (6-18 Jahre): € 2.50
Children up to age 6: free entrance

Family ticket 1**: € 4,00, every additional child: € 0.50
Family ticket 2***: € 8,00, every additional child: € 0.50
Groups of 10 or more adults **** (ab 10 Personen): € 3.50
Groups of 10 or more Children / teenagers (up to 18 years )****: € 2.00


* Pupils over 18, students, trainees, persons doing community service, seniors, unemployed, handicapped people – after presentation of the certificate of entitlement.
** One adult, up to four children up to age 18
*** Two adults, up to four children up to age 18
**** Group tickets must be purchased by one person (guide, supervisor).



Combined tickets
With the Trier Antiquity Card, you can discover the center of ancient times easily and inexpensively.
Three different versions offer you admission to the Trier Roman monuments as well as additional reductions all around ancient Trier.

Contact

Forum Baths
Viehmarktplatz
54290 Trier
Tel. +49 (0)651 994-1057
www.zentrum-der-antike.de/en.html

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