The city of Trier is very proud of its rich history, which is mirrored in the countless historic sites and museums. It functioned as the capital of the Western Roman Empire and along with Rome, Byzantium and Alexandria it ranked as one of the ancient metropolises. Trier owes to its landmark, the Porta Nigra, the cathedral and various other distinguished monuments to be entitled being called a World Hertitage. In today’s cityscape, history and a modern sense of life conflate into a vivid symbiosis – which, after all, is being kept alive by students. Bars, cafés, various options for the arts, theater, music, galeries, festivals or pageant shows characterize the city and its attractiveness for both inhabitants and visitors. The city manages the balacing act between a metropolitan flair and local comfort.
Since Roman times viniculture has been cultivated at the outstanding vineyard locations of Moselle, Saar and Ruwer. Several large businesses and countless middle-class businesses characterize the region’s and city’s economic structure.
Trier is one of the five regional centers in Rhineland-Palatinate and has been the seat of a bishop since the Middle Ages. The close proximity to the EU center and the financial center of Luxembourg, to France and Belgium count for Trier being located in the heart of Europe. Furthermore, this proximity is responsible for a whiff of savoir vivre wafting through both city and university. Nine sister-city arrangements in Europe, Asia and the United States emphasize Trier’s international alignment.