On a tour of the European waterways, one may be fortunate enough to be drifting down the Moselle River to visit Germany’s oldest town, Trier. The Moselle region is known for its superb wine, crushed from the Riesling grape; so what better place to taste a delicious wine than in the very place the grapes are grown? With a little bit of history and a little bit of wine, nothing could go wrong visiting this area while on a hotel barging tour of the European waterways.
In 2009, the town of Trier celebrated its 2015th birthday! This area is bursting with ancient history and beautiful Roman architecture dating from its founding around 17 BC. It was the seat of government for the Western Roman Empire, and in the Middle Ages was given the name “holy city”, because of the number of bishops that were born there and the number of monasteries, churches, and convents.
The Sights of Trier
One of the most impressive sights of Trier that anyone on a hotel barge tour of the European waterways will encounter is the Cathedral. Located in the centre of town, it used to be the site of a former Constaninian Palace, and is the largest Christian church in Antiquity. Today the church still has a Roman central section with the original walls, and a few other original features. The Roman Amphitheatre is also a great place to stretch your legs. This arena was built in the 2nd century A.D. for games with gladiators and animals, and could seat about 20,000 spectators. You can also visit the vast cellar beneath the arena where prisoners sentenced to death waited alongside the rabid animals.
Trier and its surrounding area is one of the largest wine-growing communities in Germany, and are considered a cultural hub for wine growers. While floating through the European waterways by barge, this delightful German destination is a must for anyone who enjoys a delicious drink and the wonderful hospitality of the German people. You can even take a wine tour where you can see how the grapes are grown and pressed, and learn all about the fermentation process. Summer is the best time to see the scenery as, with the baby vines tied up, you get the classic vineyard view.
Trier is the perfect place to stretch your legs after being on a barge travelling the European waterways in Germany. Enjoy some history, take a walk through a German vineyard, then taste the Riesling wine, made fresh from the ground you stand on. This is a perfect side trip when travelling down the Moselle River.