The indelible mark of the Romans makes Trier a hugely fascinating site of exploration for history buffs, whilst the outstanding beauty of the region is lost on no one.
Trier’s beginnings as an established city and stronghold are rooted firmly in legend with the 12th century Deeds of the Treveri speculating that the city was founded by an Assyrian prince, Trebeta, the otherwise-unrecorded son of Ninus, legendary King of Assyria.
The city became an important site for the Roman Empire after their invasion in the 1st century BC, and it can still boast the largest Roman gate, north of the Alps.
By the 4th century, Trier had grown to be one of the five largest cities in the known world, with a population of around 75,000-100,000. Amazingly the size of the city has barely grown since these heady days, with the most recent population count recording 107,233 residents.
This has helped create a city which is incredibly self-sufficient whilst retaining an unrushed and stress-free atmosphere which is exuded through the unspoilt streets. Exploring Trier by foot is an endlessly rewarding and enjoyable pursuit – providing a small trip through the tumultuous history of Europe.