Römerbrücke (Roman Bridge), Trier

Römerbrücke (Roman Bridge), Trier

Römerbrücke, known in English as The Roman Bridge, is an ancient bridge that spans the Moselle from Karl Marx Street to the traffic circle at Eurener Street. It is the oldest bridge in Germany.

The origins of the Roman Bridge go back as far as 17 BC when a wooden bridge stood in this location. The bridge was made from wood so that it could be set on fire during war. Because of this practice, multiple wooden bridges were built.

A permanent bridge made of stone was erected in 144 CE. It was built from black basalt from the Eifel mountains. Though the upper portions of the bridge were updated in the 12th and 18th centuries, the nine bridge pillars that were erected in the 2nd century AD still stand today.

It was once thought that tossing a coin off of the bridge and into the river below would bring good luck. The bridge was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.

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Römerbrücke (Roman Bridge) on Map

Sight Name: Römerbrücke (Roman Bridge)
Sight Location: Trier, Germany (See walking tours in Trier)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Trier, Germany

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Create Your Own Walk in Trier

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Trier Introduction Walking Tour

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Trier's Roman Ruins Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles