Panoramic aerial view of Trier in a beautiful summer day, Germany
Panoramic aerial view of Trier in a beautiful summer day, Germany

The oldest city in Germany, and located on the Moselle River, Trier is the birthplace of Karl Marx. Known as the ‘Rome of the North’, it was the key city of the Roman northern territories. Try to visit as many of the nine UNESCO World Heritage sites you can during your visit; among them are superb examples of Roman monuments, including an amphitheatre, thermal baths, and imperial throne room. More modern treasures include Germany’s oldest Gothic church and the baroque building where Karl Marx was born.

Trier is easily explored on foot, as many of these key sights are within walking distance of the old city, but do experience the tourist mini-train (Römer Express) on its tour of the Altstadt (Old Town).  Take in the sights and sounds of the Hauptmarkt, the colourful and lively market square in the centre of the city, leading to many pedestrianised streets with more fascinating areas to explore, one of which leads to Karl-Marx-Haus, which is now a museum.

As Brabant meanders along the Moselle River, vineyards can be seen rising up the steep slopes, leading to world famous wineries in the heart of this superb wine region, where you may be tempted to try a glass of the renowned Vin de Moselle, synonymous with Riesling.