Trier Religious Sights Walk, Trier (Self Guided)

Trier has a long history of Christianity. It is the birth place of Saint Ambrose and the resting place of Saint Paulinus. The Trier Bishops were some of the most powerful men during the Middle ages. This city has a number of fascinating religious structures. Take the walking tour to see some of the most amazing religious buildings not only in Trier, but in Germany as well.
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Trier Religious Sights Walk Map

Guide Name: Trier Religious Sights Walk
Guide Location: Germany » Trier (See other walking tours in Trier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: alice
Saint Paulin Church

1) Saint Paulin Church (must see)

Saint Paulin Church is a Baroque church constructed between 1734 and 1753, the interior was designed by Johann Balthasar Neumann. The ceiling of the nave features a painting by the artist Christoph Thomas Scheffler. The tomb of the saint after which the church is named, Paulinus, is located in the church's crypt.

Based in Germany's oldest city with a significant Roman history, three church buildings have stood on the site since the 4th century.

As well as being the architect of the building, Neumann contributed his Rococo architectural flair to several internal elements, including the stucco work, ornate altars, and ciborium. The sculptor Ferdinand Tietz carried out several of Neumann's plans, carving elements such as the statuary and choir stalls.

The ceiling of the nave features a large fresco painted by Christoph Thomas Scheffler, portraying scenes from the life of St Paulinus and depictions of the martyrdom of the Theban Legion.

The church's four bells were cast by the brothers Charles and Joseph Perrin between 1821 and 1822. As few European bells from the 19th century survived two world wars, the bells are considered historically important.

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St. Maximin Church

2) St. Maximin Church (must see)

Church of St. Maximin had a long and interesting history. The first religious building on this sight was built earlier in the 4th century. It is believed to have been erected by saint Maximin himself. And it is the sight where he was burned. Later the sight was to be the place of other churches and abbeys that had been destroyed and reconstructed. The last abbey was built in 1684 and destroyed during World War II, except the gateway. St. Maximin Church was saved during the war and since 1995, it is a famous concert hall.
St. Peter's Cathedral (Trier Dom)

3) St. Peter's Cathedral (Trier Dom) (must see)

The Cathedral of Saint Peter is the oldest cathedral in the country. The edifice is notable for its extremely long life span under multiple different eras each contributing some elements to its design, including the center of the main chapel being made of Roman brick laid under the direction of Saint Helen, resulting in a cathedral added on to gradually rather than rebuilt in different eras. Its dimensions, 112.5 by 41 m, make it the largest church structure in Trier. Since 1986 it has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The West front in five symmetrical sections remains typical of Romanesque architecture under the Salian emperors. The West end choir, with its apsidal semi-cylinder expressed on the exterior façade, was completed in 1196. The interior is of three Romanesque naves with Gothic vaulting, and a Baroque chapel for the relic of the Seamless robe of Jesus, recovered from the interior of the high altar in 1512, complete the interior.

The Latin inscription above the clock on the tower reads "NESCITIS QVA HORA DOMINVS VENIET" ("You do not know what time the Lord is coming").

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Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche)

4) Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) (must see)

Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) is a very beautiful church. It was built in 1260 in Gothic style and it is believed to be the oldest church of this style built in Germany. The church is in the form of a Greek cross with a tower in the middle. The interior of the Church of Our Lady is fascinating. It has twelve columns symbolizing the twelve Apostles, sculptures, mural paintings, big windows and others. There are also several tombs of notorious people. It is located right next to St. Peter's Cathedral.
St. Gangolf Church

5) St. Gangolf Church (must see)

St. Gangolf Church was built in the Main Market of the city. The first church on the sight was built before 1000 A. C. Later, at the beginning of the 15th century the current structure of the church was built. Over the years, the church was renovated and some new elements were added. Overall it is a Gothic structure. The tower of St. Gangolf Church is considered to be the tallest structure in Trier. The interior of the church is very beautiful, with mosaic, glass windows; the church is also very famous for its bells.
Aula Palatina

6) Aula Palatina (must see)

The Basilica of Constantine, or Aula Palatina is a Roman palace basilica that was built by the emperor Constantine (306–337 AD) at the beginning of the 4th century.

Today it is owned and used as church by a congregation within the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland. The basilica contains the largest extant hall from antiquity ranked a World Heritage Site. The room has a length of 67 m, a width of 26.05 m and a height of 33 m.

The Aula Palatina was built around 310 AD as a part of the palace complex. Originally it was not a free standing building, but had other smaller buildings (such as a forehall, an entrance vestibule and some service buildings) attached to it. The Aula Palatina was equipped with a floor and wall heating system (hypocaust).

In 1944, the building burned due to an air raid of the allied forces during World War II. When it was repaired after the war, the historical inner decorations from the 19th century were not reconstructed, so that the brick walls are visible from the inside as well.

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Jesuit College and Church

7) Jesuit College and Church

Jesuit College and Church is an important religious building. Its structure was built in the 13th century in a gothic style. The Jesuits were masters of this church during the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. The church is the resting place of Friedrich von Spee (well known Jesuit and poet).
St. Antonius Church

8) St. Antonius Church

St. Antonius Church was built in 1514 on the grounds of a Dominican monastery that was destroyed in 1812. The church was built in late Gothic style. It is rather simple, but beautiful and full of light. The interior decorations are fascinating. It has a rococo pulpit that was taken from the destroyed monastery.

Walking Tours in Trier, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Trier

Create Your Own Walk in Trier

Creating your own self-guided walk in Trier is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Trier Museums Walk

Trier Museums Walk

Trier is the oldest city in Germany. Before the Christian Era, it was the capital city of the local Roman province. An old history, rich in events, gave way to the creation of a number of extremely interesting museums. Take this walk in order to see some of them.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Historic Landmarks of Trier

Historic Landmarks of Trier

Trier is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Moselle River. It is a city with a lot of ancient and modern landmarks and beautiful structures that display not only the development of Trier, but also the development of Europe. Take this walk and follow the history of the city of Trier from ancient times to the present through its most interesting landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Trier Shopping Walk

Trier Shopping Walk

Trier is a great place for a great shopping adventure. The city offers a variety of shopping options, either for yourself or as a gift. Among the hottest spots beloved by art hunters are Semionstrasse, Neustrassse and Hauptmarkt. Take this walk through the most popular shopping venues of Trier and enjoy the experience.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Trier Beautiful Architecture Walk

Trier Beautiful Architecture Walk

Trier is a settlement that has a history dating back to ancient times. It is very famous for being the capital of a Roman province during the Roman Empire. The long history of the city made Trier one of the most beautiful cities in Germany from an architectural point of view. Trier has numerous beautiful architectural buildings that feature various architectural styles and eras. Take the guided...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Set in the southwest of Germany amid the Moselle wine region, the city of Trier has been in place since the Roman times, attesting to which are a number of well-kept Roman structures, including the Black Gate (Porta Nigra), the ruins of Roman baths, and Römerbrücke - a stone bridge over the Moselle River. Among Trier’s other notable sights is undoubtedly St. Peter's Cathedral (aka Trier...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Trier for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Trier has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Trier, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.