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Porta Nigra

When the Romans laid the foundation stone for the Porta Nigra in AD 170, they would never have imagined how successful it would be. After all, the city gate was just one of four in Trier at the time – and one of many throughout the Roman Empire. Today, some 1850 years later, the ‘Black Gate’ is the best preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, and the number one attraction when it comes to Roman structures in modern-day Germany.
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It doesn’t even really matter that we don’t know for sure how the Romans themselves named the gate. Because what we do know is that it has been called Porta Nigra for at least 900 years. It has been part of our UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. And we here in Trier have been its biggest fan since time immemorial – though we do also welcome other enthusiasts into our club, as long as you have experienced our ‘Pochta’ (the name the people of Trier use for the gate) in real life. By that we mean you have touched its stones, scaled its heights and admired its contrasts. That you have walked from the light-filled halls of the upper levels to the dark rooms on the ground floor. That you have traced its secrets from its monumental ancient blocks to its filigree Baroque reliefs. And that you have felt mildly dizzy standing in the gate interior courtyard, staring up and trying to grasp the scale of it all. We promise it will make your jaw drop.

A must for: Tourists. Locals. Women. Men. Children of all ages. History enthusiasts. History newbies. Romans. Non-Romans. Lovers of detail. Fans of the wider world. In short: EVERYONE!

UNESCO World Heritage Site: 100%
Great views of the old town: 60% (level 1), 90% (level 2), 100% (level 3)
Physical activity: 40%

The secret of the Porta Nigra’: A real Roman centurion, played by a trained actor, will take you on an exciting and entertaining journey into the past. You’ll defend the Porta against attacking enemies, practise your fierce-sounding soldier’s voice, and get a taste of the tough everyday life of a centurion.

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Opening hours

Today, 18.05.2024: Open
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
On March 21 the Porta Nigra opens at 10 a.m.

March: daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April to September: daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October: daily, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November – February: daily, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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..


Porta Nigra
Simeonstraße 60
54290 Trier

Tel. +49 (0)651 4608965