Trier Christmas Market

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The Porta Negra in Trier.

Had a pretty early start today as quite a long drive down to Pforzheim in southern Germany.  On the way we stopped at the old Roman city of Trier for a 3 hour look-around.  Many monuments in Trier have been placed on the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage of Mankind, so plenty of interest to keep you occupied including the Cathedral, the throne room of Emperor Constantine, Roman imperial baths and amphitheatre, bridges and palaces. The Christmas Market was in the town square and was full of wooden toys, candles, food stalls and the like.  Quite a few of the stalls were just selling imported Chinese junk, but there were also some lovely local products and lots of traditional German foods to try (we were especially impressed with the steamed dumplings with cherry sauce and custard, and the fried potato cakes with apple sauce, sort of like big latkes).

Market in town square, Trier.
  As we had quite a bit of time, we followed a short walking tour around the old Roman sites (an inscription in the city claims that Trier stood 1300 years before Rome!!), the highlight of which is the massive black Porta Negra - an impressive entrance to the main centre.  The gate was built in the 2nd century AD and is made of huge sandstone blocks held together by iron clamps.  It also served as a church for 7 centuries.  YOu can climb up to the top and get a view over the roof tops and across to the Mosel River which runs alongside the city.  Trier is also famous for being the birthplace of Karl Marx and you can visit his old home which is now a museum dedicated to him and his theories.

We then had another 3 hour drive to Pforzheim, our base for the next 3 nights - not much in this town really, it's just a good in-between spot from which to visit various markets.

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The Porta Negra in Trier.
The Porta Negra in Trier.
Market in town square, Trier.
Market in town square, Trier.
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Making artisan bread at the Trier…
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A giant Christmas whirligig, Trie…
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