“Augusta Treverorum“, the imperial city built by the Romans at the Mosel river, is the oldest city of modern-day Germany. I am constantly amazed by what I see around here: “The stone foundations of the bridge across the Mosel river, which we are about to cross, are over 1800 years old”, my charming new friend & city guide Paula explains. “What has prompted the Romans to build their city right here?” I ask faced with all the impressive traces of former imperial architecture.
Indeed: What has prompted the Romans to build a mighty imperial city this far north complete with Circus, amphitheatre, imperial baths and a gigantic ceremonial crowning hall? It could not have been the climate, right. 😀
The answer, of course, is one of humankind: Power. The conquest of new territories. And influence over others. “But the young emperor Constantinus was hungry to conquer lands of his own, and so decided to move further East at the end of the 4th century AD where he founded modern-day Constantinople – Istanbul”, Paula explains while we walk among the former imperial baths of Trier. “Money and interest in building activities came to a halt: For Trier, it meant the slow but steady decline of its importance during the Roman Age.”
Roman city tour in Trier: Continue to be fascinated by really, really old architectural masterpieces.
Parallel to all the intriguing visual details of exploring the Roman city of Trier, my happy young city guide Paula serves me “music for the ears”: Thanks to her gift of compelling storytelling – almost as if she had stood next to the Romans at the time, eavesdropping on one or two of their secrets – I am able to dive into the everyday life of Roman conspiracy, traditions and gladiator fights. Many have taken place here in Trier: Unfortunately, no traces of the great Circus are visible today, however the amphitheatre still houses gladiators and even offers a real “gladiator training ground” for visitors!
A visit to “Wein.Sinnig” Wine Bar in the heart of the old town of Trier
Switch back into present Trier. It is more than 30°C on this hot day in July, and a good tip to escape the heat after exploring the cool Roman buildings of the old town is a visit to … a wine bar. Here at Wein.Sinnig, Manuela Schewe has done a creative job to spoil wine lovers of all ages to tastings and events, such as famous German entertainer Günter Jauch jumping out of a wine barrel here recently. “Barrel X unsolved”, she calls her invention and laughs while remembering the fun night. “But now, please do take a seat and let me start your Riesling wine tasting with Flammkuchen!” Oh, life … ain’t it hard. 😉 Thank you, dear Patricia Ellendt of the city of Trier, for this great wine tip and your wonderful company here tonight!
The Mosel Music Festival: Star violinist & pianist double as stand-up comedians with their “Little Nightmare Music”!
So cool! I have never experienced anything quite like that: Two people with an exceptional musical talent take and turn it into … comedy !! On a high level, of course, playing parodies of great classics by Mozart, etc. It is actually quite indescribable what Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman and his partner, Korean-British pianist Hyung-Ki Joo manage to put up on stage. More than 20 million clicks on YouTube is what they have already gathered in terms of an online fan community. Now, they have got at least 500 more fans from the city of Trier, one of them from Austria with her love for talented musicians and comedy. Brilliant. Oh Trier, I would love to come back anytime !!!
Disclaimer: I have been invited by the German Tourist Board in order to travel to & experience several World Heritage Sites in Germany. All opinions are my own.