Although my German friend had visited Trier with her parents as a child, she confessed to having zero memories of the place early on our during our time there. In retrospect, she and I are both glad that we did go there, and commit to spending two and half days and two nights there -- for not only is there plenty to see in this city (including a number of UNESCO World Heritage-listed monuments, such as those pictured in this photo-essay) but the city itself also came across as a generally pleasant place to while away one's leisure time in... :)
The 2nd century fortified Roman gate known as the Porta Nigra
(Black Gate) is a sight to behold...
...by day or by night, from the front or back,
and with or without Puppet Ponyo posing nearby ;b
The view from the Porta Nigra -- which one can climb up
-- of Trier's Aldstadt historical city center isn't half bad either!
Also dating back to Roman times (and UNESCO World Heritage-listed),
the Imperial Baths (aka Kaiserthermen) was surprisingly large -- and
bereft of visitors (Yes, we were the only people at the site when we visited!)
palace garden, leaving the Roman Imperial Throne Room
(Konstantin-Basilika) in the shade -- at least from this angle
Venture inside the largest extant hall from antiquity, whose existence is
a reminder of Trier's past as the Roman empire's northern capital, however,
and you'll get a good idea how impressive this single-room structure is!
(aka Liebfrauenkirche) are both also UNESCO World Heritage listed --
and yes, this is how the creepy-after-dark crypt looks in daylight! ;b
A glimpse inside the cathedral (that's also known as Trier Dom)
...and yes, there are more Trier photos to come, including of the inside of the Liebfrauenkirche! ;b