Trier - A Little Gem (RLP - Germany)

Trier has an unusual population - residents who are mostly old people and college students of Trier University, plus tourists. But, the local old people, have such a flair, that even youngsters in most other cities don't!!!



The sheer number of bikers that I saw in this little city was so so so many. Guess what? Almost all of them were senior citizens!!! It was crazy to watch them remove their helmet... With the size and style of the bikes and their biking gears, its easy to mistake them for a college student till...... they remove the helmet! My jaw dropped!!!
Trier has its fair share are public sculptures and I'm gonna mention 3, which caught my attention, which all are gifts to the city. First is ofcourse Karl Marx, the son of the soil, a gift from the Chinese, for his 200th birth anniversary in 2018! There is a humongous statue, very close to Porta Nigra. Today, the house in which he was born has been converted to a museum. This is located very close to Residenz am Zuckerberg Hotel.
2nd sculpture is obviously, the Father of my Nation, India - Gandhiji. I did not expect the sculpture. We were just walking towards the Cathedral, when we, by chance, spotted this sculpture of Gandhiji. This too is brand new, added only in Dec 2018, to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji. This gift from India, is just outside Auguste-Viktoria-Gymansium. This is a bronze sculpture made by Ram Sutar Fine Arts Studio from Noida, India. For reference, its the same studio that created the humongous sculpture of Sardar Vallabhai Patel - The Statue of Unity, the world's largest sculpture!!!

3rd is the impressive Luxumberg Turum. This is located very close to University of Trier and this is a gift from Luxembourg! This was once a military restricted area where French barracks were located, which was later redesigned as the University and public area. This is also called the Turm der Träume und Sehnsüchte (Tower of Dreams and Desires). Its a walk sculpture / art installation which also has a series of stairs that lead to 2 view points midway & atop!
While you do get a wonderful view of the city can be seen from atop Porta Nigra, the best view has to be from Mariensäule & Petrisberg. Mariensäule is located on the other side of Roman Bridge. Here's a statue of crowned St.Mary made in 1866 CE. Petrisberg is located between Trier Amphitheatre and Luxumberg Turum. It not only just shows the city, but shows it through the vineyard, one of the primary cultivations of Trier. The slate rock here provides the absolutely perfect sourness to the grapes by retaining heat, which results in the best wines of this region. A tour of Mosel Wine region beginning from here through the Mosel till Luxembourg would be an awesome thing to do. If you don't have time, do visit Petrisberg to atleast see the cultivation up & close!
Talking of Mosel Wines, if you don't have time to go on a wine tour/tasting, do check out one of the restaurants in Trier that serve the authentic local wines. We had our dinner at Weinwirtschaft Friedrich-Wilhelm restaurant. The restaurant was beautiful with a huge outdoor seating (I fall for it always!). However with the weather, not so dependable, we chose to sit inside, esp., since we were with Atyudarini. The service is exceptional. The chefs did come up with interesting, salivating, off-the-menu dishes when we gave them the entire freedom to serve us anything, provided its eggless, fish-less & meat-less. 

Our starters were Cheese Croquets with roasted nuts & lentils with wild herbs salad! The main course a quinoa dish & fried soya balls with tomato pesto, guacamole and roasted cashews! This was very tasty and very filling. I could definitely find similarities with Indian cuisine with this dish! The dessert was refreshing, gelato in 3 flavours. They were incredibly light and airy and ofcourse yummy!!!
But the best part of the dinner was ofcourse the wine! Mosel wine is majorly produced out of Riesling grapes. The wine varies from pale straw to deep yellow color. The flavours are more flowery than fruity, and with its mild alcohol, its absolutely delicious. As veggies, it was indeed a perfect accompaniment for our cheese starters! 

Traveling with a toddler, has it own challenges, but I tend to also introduce a couple of things that are special for Atyudarini. In Trier, it was the Toy museum! She was totally floored. She was irritable and a bit sleepy when we were entering Spielzeug Museum. But all that vanished 5 minutes into this place. She went totally crazy happy... The sheer number of exhibits (more than 5000!) is just mind boggling. There were quite a few working models as well, including a Carousel, some train etc that totally captured Atyu's attention.


There were dolls that were as old as 50-70 years till recent past. There were some that were extensive with their own stroller/crib etc. There were some which were even life sized. There were quite a few doll houses with miniature set-ups. There were hoards of cars, trucks & other automobiles! 


There were several stuffed plush toys with some as old as a 100 years old. Atyudarini got too excited spotting the various animals, from gorillas to raindeers to squirrels to owls to mice and many more. There there were quite a few metal miniatures, painted with enamel. There were vintage working toys too!!! I did have a tough time to get Atyudarini outside of the museum!
Spielzeug Museum is located very close to Marktbrunnen, where there are a few buildings as old as 1602, 1605 still exist! The Renaissance styled buildings are very similar to the ones I also spotted in Liege!
Last but not the least, if you're here for a few days, make sure you visit Schengen. Its just 1 hr from here by train. Schengen, being Schengen, the heart of Europe was where the Schengen agreement was signed which marked the beginning of European Union!!! If you have a car, the trip could be awesome along the vineyards, exploring them with some wine tastings and finally reaching Schengen.

To Get There:
Nearest railway station: Trier HBF
All the sites are walkable from Trier HBF.
On Google Maps: Karl Marx Statue, Karl Marx Museum, Gandhiji StatueLuxumberg TurmMariensäulePetrisbergWeinwirtschaft Friedrich-Wilhelm restaurantSpielzeug Museum, Marktbrunnen


To Stay:
Hotels at all price points are available in Trier.
Click here to read the review of the very unique hotel - Residenz am Zuckerberg Hotel.

Entry tickets & timings:
All 3 statues, Mariensäule, Petrisberg, Marktbrunnen: Free, 24 x 7
Karl Marx Museum: €5. Varied timings. Refer here.
Spielzeug Museum: €5. Tue-Sun 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Weinwirtschaft Friedrich-Wilhelm restaurant: 11:30AM to 9:00/10:00PM (closed in afternoon in weekdays). Reservation recommended.

My complete Trier travelogue: Roman Monuments (Part 1 & Part 2), Cathedral of St.Peter, Church of Our Lady Trier, Karlmarx Museum, Gandhiji statue, Luxemberg Turum, Petrisberg, Spielzeug Museum, Marktbrunnen, Mosel wines.

P.S: I was invited by Trier Tourism to experience the region for review purposes, however the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.

Bhushavali

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

14 comments:

  1. Wow! It's nice to see these senior citizens enjoying a hobby. Their bikes look so cool. I think I would also mistake them for youngsters.

    I would love to visit their toy museum. As a toy collector, it would be a treat to see these 5000+ exhibits. Hope to get the chance to visit someday.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

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  2. Ha ha ...I could not help the smile when I read how your jaw dropped. Senior citizens and bikes - something that I have not seen too much of. But it also, shows the carefree spirit of the place. And stumbling upon a statue of Gandhiji. YAY! Loving your Europe Chronicles.

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  3. Always great to see the oldies embracing their passions. This sounds like a great thing to witness as a tourist. That food looks pretty delicious too.

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  4. I've never heard of Trier before reading your post. It sounds like an interesting city, and with lots of bikers too! That's so cool that Luxembourg gifted them with a sculpture, that's something you can't miss in the city.

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  5. Trier does look gorgeous and really interesting!! We will have to visit one day. Love the old guys and their bikes - rock on! A wine tour also sounds like a fab idea.

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  6. Great post! I come from a family of motorcycle enthusiasts, many of whom are older now so I loved seeing the senior bikers, can't wait to show my dad LOL. It's funny that you expected them to be much younger, your jaw must have hit the floor! The wine tour sounds great, wineries are always a good reason to visit a lesser known place.

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  7. I like cities like this. They have nice vibes, tend to be budget friendly and put you in a relaxing mood. Make you slow down a bit and enjoy.

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  8. Having lived in Germany so many years, I get used of drinking Mosel Wines.L have to confess, that I like the wine more than the town. Most of Mosel wines are sold locally, due to the limited production.

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  9. I love Germany and Trier looks like a fun place to see! I would visit just to enjoy the Mosel wines and take in the architecture. Places like this at are a little under the tourist radar are my favorite places to hang out when traveling.

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  11. Trier is definitely a new German city for me! I love it's picturesque architecture and its historical background. I know a bit about Karl Marx so it'd be interesting to visit the city and add to that. I'd also make a pit stop for some fabulous wine and look at those beautiful sculptures.

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  12. This sounds like an awesome trip! Something for grownups and kids which I'm sure keeps the peace. I love the idea of a wine tasting tour but the toy store sounds just as fun, particularly after the wine tasting ;) Crazy that they have 100 year old toys.

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  13. Hahaha, I can't believe there are so many senior citizen bikers in Trier. I love Mosel wines, so it looks like I need a trip to the source to try these German wines closest to the bottle.

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  14. I would love to experience the culture of Trier after reading the post - meeting the lively, elderly locals would surely be such a fun experience. Fun to know that biking is so popular in Trier ! We love exploring cities by biking around - so this would be a fun experience for our family for sure while trying to find those beautiful sculptures you mentioned. I've tried Mosel wine earlier and it was amazing and a wine tasting tour in the region would be perfect! Plus I'd love to indulge in those delicious cheese croquets and pair it with the Mosel wine.

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