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The Amphitheatre

The rhythmic drone of stomping, fired-up spectators, the smell of fear and sweat in the arena’s frenetic air, the feeling of lightly swirling dust and hot animal breath on your neck – a visit to Trier’s amphitheatre some 1700 years ago would push the senses to their limits. Today, the stone animal cages are empty, the rows of seating have been removed, and the last grains of sand have disappeared. But the elliptical structure still has the power to fire up the imagination.

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Because when rulers organised games here, the curious masses would come in their droves. And it’s no wonder, for it guaranteed a whole day of top entertainment. Visitors could enjoy theatre performances and juggling acts. Jeer the fights between boars and lions, bears and bulls. Listen to the lyres and flutes music accompanying splendid dancers, and cheer the highlight of the afternoon, when the retiaris would throw his net at the secutor (pursuer), two provocators would duel, or the equites would ride into the arena on horseback.

The Romans were unable to pass their passion for such games onto the generations that followed, and the amphitheatre was used more as a quarry in subsequent centuries. But that’s good news for modern-day visitors, as the exposed greenery shows them what makes Trier’s amphitheatre so special: Its embedded location in the nature slope of the Petrisberg. Oh yes, and its scale is consequently clear for all to see too. Measuring 120 x 145 metres, Trier’s amphitheatre ranks 10th among the world’s largest preserved Roman amphitheatres.

A must for: Fighters. Sports enthusiasts. Green thumbs. Mountaineers and basement-dwellers.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: 100%
Nature experience: 50%
Netherworld factor: 50%


PSSSST! THE INSIDER TIP:
During the ‘Gladiator legends’, you will experience for yourself how tough life was in the arena. A member from Trier’s gladiator school will introduce you to the equipment and training, combat techniques and living environments of the ancient fighters.

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Regular:
April - September: daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October and March: daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November - February: daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 

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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

The Amphitheatre
Olewiger Str. 25
54295 Trier
Tel. +49 (0)651 73010
www.zentrum-der-antike.de/en.html

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