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Roman Bridge (Römerbrücke)

Feel the history as you traverse the oldest bridge in Germany and take in the picturesque views of the Mosel River.

Trier’s Roman Bridge is an immense structure with a 2nd-century base made of stone pilings deeply embedded into the riverbed. Its arches and roadway were constructed with red bricks in the 1700s, when it served as an entrance to the city. Walk along the side of the bridge for a vista of the river, its green banks and the forest-covered hillsides in the distance.

Stroll along the pleasant shore of the river and pass beneath one of the arches. Step down to the pebbled beach and feed the birds bobbing on the water. The bridge serves cars and bicycles and has railed sidewalks for pedestrians.

Appreciate that the bridge is still in use after more than 2,000 years. Today, it has six stone bases for arches, although it initially had more and was originally topped by a wooden roadway. Look for the stone ledges that could have supported the wooden structure.

The Roman general Agrippa constructed the bridge as part of his road from Lyon to Cologne. One of the pieces of wood found here was dated to 17 B.C. Evidence suggests the bridge was rebuilt multiple times over the next several centuries.

Notice the black appearance of the stone, which consists mostly of basalt from the Eifel Mountains. The Romans showed off their ingenuity by connecting these large stone blocks with clamps, as in the nearby Porta Nigra gate. Consider the modern history of the bridge, which was captured so quickly as the U.S. Army conquered the area that it was not blown up along with the others.

Note that the German name for the site is Römerbrücke. It is free to enter and remains open at all times.

The Roman Bridge crosses the Mosel River a little west of the historic center of Trier. It is just west of the Kaiserstraße and Südallee promenades, where you will find the Bastion Südallee. Visit other landmarks around the area, such as the Hochbunker Trier World War II standing bunker, the Kaiserthermen Imperial Baths and the Cathedral of Trier.


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Holiday Inn Express Trier $66
Holiday Inn Express Trier

Holiday Inn Express Trier

Nikolaus Leis Strasse 32, Trier
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park, Porta Nigra, and Arena Trier. Cathedral of Trier (Trierer Dom) and Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Trier Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

    ibis Styles Trier $59
    ibis Styles Trier

    ibis Styles Trier

    Metzelstrasse 12, Trier, RP
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park and Porta Nigra. Arena Trier is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. Trier Central Station is 16 minutes by foot and Trier Süd Station is 17 minutes.

      Hotel Deutscher Hof $82
      Hotel Deutscher Hof

      Hotel Deutscher Hof

      Südallee 25, Trier, RP
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Trier, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park and Porta Nigra. Arena Trier is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Trier Süd Station is 9 minutes by foot and Trier Central Station is 20 minutes.

        Best Western Hotel Trier City $82
        Best Western Hotel Trier City

        Best Western Hotel Trier City

        Kaiserstrasse 29, Mitte, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trier Theatre, Karl Marx House, and Imperial Roman Baths. Trier Roman Amphitheatre and Porta Nigra are also within 1 mi (2 km). Trier Süd Station is 9 minutes by foot and Trier Central Station is 20 minutes.

          Hotel Constantin $60
          Hotel Constantin

          Hotel Constantin

          St Barbara Ufer 1-2, Trier, RP
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Trier, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park and Porta Nigra. Arena Trier is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Trier Süd Station is 14 minutes by foot and Trier Central Station is 25 minutes.

            Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra $100
            Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra

            Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra

            Porta-Nigra-Platz 1, Trier, RP
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Mitte, this hotel is steps from Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park and Porta Nigra. Arena Trier is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Trier Central Station is 7 minutes by foot and Trier Süd Station is 24 minutes.

              Hotel Römerbrücke
              Hotel Römerbrücke

              Hotel Römerbrücke

              Aachener Str. 5, Trier
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Trier, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park and Porta Nigra. Arena Trier is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away. Trier Süd Station is 19 minutes by foot and Trier Central Station is 28 minutes.

                Park Plaza Trier $119
                Park Plaza Trier

                Park Plaza Trier

                Nikolaus-Koch-Platz 1, Trier, RP
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saar-Hunsrueck Nature Park, Cathedral of Trier (Trierer Dom), and Porta Nigra. Trier Theatre and Roman Bridge (Romerbrucke) are also within 15 minutes. Trier Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Trier Süd Station is 20 minutes.