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The Kaiser Wilhelm memorial at 'German Corner' in Koblenz.

Exploring the Past in Rhineland-Palatinate

Roman Trier – Augusta Treverorum

Sometimes referred to as the second Rome, Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany and has a number of impressive Roman monuments. These monuments, including a bridge, remains of a fortified wall, baths and amphitheatre, together with the Trier Cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady, one of the finest Gothic churches in Germany) have been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The Cathedral, which has Roman origins, houses the Holy Tunic relic – said to be the robe of Jesus. [Website]

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Roman Sites in Rhineland-Palatinate

Roman Mine, Meurin (Volcano Park)

Vulkanpark is a rural geo-attraction focussed on a volcanic region in the eastern Vulkan Eifel area of Germany. A series of self-guided routes enable visitors to explore volcanology, archaeology and industrial history – and understand how the exploitation of volcanic rock has shaped the landscape since Roman times. The routes also take in a section of Roman walls near the town of Mayen and two Roman mound graves just outside the towns of Nickenich and Ochtendung. [Website] Photograph © Holger Weinandt

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Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier

Founded in 1877, this state museum exhibits artefacts from prehistory to the Baroque period, some 200,000 years of history from stone tools to elaborate Medieval art. Not surprisingly, a major focus of the museum is the Roman period, for which there are numerous displays that draw on the many archaeological finds excavated in Trier that tell the story of the Roman city of Augusta Treverorum. One particular highlight is the Trier Gold Hoard, found in 1993 it is the largest known hoard of Roman gold coins. [Website]

Sightseeing Tours & Activities in Rhineland-Palatinate