CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON
Note: This article was originally published in 2014, but has been updated for the 2015 season. Enjoy!
If you haven’t been to Trier, now is the time to go. We had a great time there and spent more time there than we anticipated. We arrived there around noon and was stuck in traffic around the city’s central district. We couldn’t find parking in any of the parking garages or lots near the market, so we had to venture out a little farther away. We eventually found a reasonably priced lot about 1 km away from the end of the market with easy pedestrian access into the center of town. (If you find yourself in this situation on a Saturday, see the note below about the free shuttle!)
The market is stretched inside the normally wide open central commercial district of Trier. This area is surrounded by numerous landmarks that makes this city famous. We didn’t feel lost walking towards the market since we just followed the crowds of people heading into one general direction. We past a large old building and found the less crowded part of the market beginning with the ice skating rink. We stopped here to a enjoy our first snack, “reibenkuchen mit apfelmus” a fried potato cake topped with spiced apple sauce.
After finishing our treat, we ventured deeper into the market and found ourselves lost in a large crowd. This market was packed full of people! It was tough moving around at first since most of the traffic was huddled around the gluhwein stands. We moved in and out, and back through the market in the plaza (pictured in the website) until I noticed a larger crowd flowing from a river of people heading towards the cathedral. The cathedral had another market area in front of it with a large stand for gluhwein. Inside the cathedral, there were children singing both choir and Christmas songs after 5 p.m. (yes we were there for hours).
We left the Cathedral and headed for the “Black Gate” (Porta Nigra)
down a street with Christmas lighting hanging over it. We took pictures in front of it and bought a few souvenirs from the Tourist Information Center next to it. After that we went back into the center (now less crowded) and wandered around a bit more before heading to Luxembourg.
Tips for your trip:
November 23 to December 22, 2015
Monday through Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hauptmarkt 16, 54290 Trier, Germany
On all four pre-Christmas Saturdays (November 29, December 6, December 13, and December 20), Trier will offer a free shuttle service (Park + Ride) from the parking areas Messepark, Hochschule Trier (B51), and Trier-Nord, operating at 10-minute intervals (starting at 10.10 a.m.).
Other things to do in Trier: