I didn’t yet have the time for a longer vacation, but we used a long weekend to head to the west of Germany. We had two full days in Trier, a nice town with lots of history in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, plus two days spent mostly on the train. It takes some five to six hours from Munich to Trier and you have to change trains at least once.
We spent one day walking through Trier, looking at the ancient sites including the Porta Nigra, the amphitheatre and the remains of the Roman imperial baths (in the picture above). The rather chilly catacombs of the Roman baths gave us a welcome respite from the heat of one of the first hot summer days, as did the stroll along the banks of the river Mosel.
The second full day of our short trip we headed to nearby Luxembourg. It’s only an hour by train to the capital of the small duchy. We spent a few hours walking through the streets and soaking up the French air of the city. The old town is built on a rock. From above we could see some nice gardens and parks. With more time to spare it would have been nice to walk through them. Since we were only there for the day, we contented ourselves with the look from above.
With both cities boasting UNESCO World Heritage sites (Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier and City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications) I may have bought a few postcards (or a few more) to add to my own UNESCO collection and to use for future swaps. This trip was number three on my list of 12 trips in 2015.