In the days of the Roman Empire, Treves was already a metropolis, while most of today’s major cities at that time were seen as settlements. The town developed along the river and is located in Rhineland-Palatinate. We have made a tour through the 100,000 inhabitants city for you and for us. After an one hour train ride from Luxembourg we arrived in Treves. After an ten minute walk from the trainstation, you arrive in the center. The roman gate Porta Nigra is one of the most beautiful and mysterious buildings in Treves and indicates that you reached the center. Please enter!
What is there to see?
History, my dear Watson! The town is similar to a small Rome.
In addition to the imposing cathedral, the Basilica, the Imperial Baths, the amphitheater and the Church of Our Lady (all UNESCO World Heritage Site) the Porta Nigra is particularly impressing.
This archway is the entrance to the old town and the the best preserved Roman gate north of the Alps. Previously, the Porta Nigra was a monastery, then a famous monk decided to be immured there in order to find God. Through history, the Porta Nigra was surrounded by other buildings, until it was totally covered by them. Thereby it was preserved. Much later Napoleon came to Treves. Being there, he wanted to see the final resting place of the monk.
Napoleon ordered to tear down all the surrounding buildings and voilà. The best preserved Roman gate north of the Alps appeared. The Porta Nigra.
The ultimate panorama
Those who like to move are advised to walk to the statue.
About the jungle like “Himmelstrepp”, that means in translation something like starway to heaven, the path leads up to the heights of Treves that rise on the other side of the Moselle. From there you can see the whole city. It’s an overwhelming view!
200 Meters further there is a nice café. Enjoy a strengthening there and relax in the comfortable chairs. You see the city extend in front of you. Literally an eagles view.
Eating and Drinking …
The restaurant we recommend to you is called Asterix, here you can put together your own pizza and it also offers beer at a reasonable price.
Next you can continue your evening at the nearbypopular “Zapotex bar”, or the cozy “O’Dwyers Irish pub” near to the city center. There is also the bourgeois inn “Wirtshaus” at Kornmarkt, where you can eat traditional plates and drink very good beer.