Sunday we had a long train journey from Aachen, back through Koln, then on to Trier. Our trip was originally supposed to start in Trier, but since we started in Munich we moved Trier to the end, a stop on the way to catch our flight out of Luxembourg.
The stretch from Koln to Trier was one of the most enjoyable train rides we’ve ever taken. It was a stopping service running on a track through a lovely valley. After leaving Koln the snow began to fall – and the valley was blanketed in a progressively deeper and deeper coating of snow. Steve and I both tucked into our books and watched the scenery go by.
When we arrived in Trier it was snowing a miserable sort of sleety snow. Not very Gemütlichkeit.
We somehow managed to muster enough motivation to go across town to the Archaeological Museum (Reinisches Landesmuseum). It was really interesting. This region has so much ancient history, and Trier was a hugely important Roman capital. The museum covered this quite well. (even if they did make me leave my purse in the cloak room because it was ‘too big’)
Our hotel was right at the Porta Negra (one of the original Roman gates to the city) and our room had a lovely view of it.
The hotel was good, but not a great value compared to some of the other places we stayed. The restaurant, though, we would enthusiastically recommend. I had a final pork/mushroom/spatzel dish that was excellent and Steve had a meat extravaganza. They served pork, beef, veal and rabbit at the table – probably two or three meals worth – even by American standards. I sat there for quite a while watching him eat, and eat and eat… His dish was served with some excellent garlic butter sautéed green beans which were really wonderful.