Trier Amphitheater

Trier, Germany

The Roman Amphitheater in Trier is designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. The arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000. When you enter the premises you walk through the ruins of the entrance gate. This was used as a quarry in the Middle Ages. The arena itself is surrounded by a protecting wall with openings for animal cages. Underneath the arena is a vast cellar where, in Roman times, prisoners sentenced to death were kept alongside exotic wild animals like African lions or Asian tigers.



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Bergstraße 35, Trier, Germany
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Founded: 100-200 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Germanic Tribes (Germany)


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LeAnn Lemmons (2 years ago)
It was nice! They were setting up for a concert so it was not a good picture day with a big stage in the way.
C Hed (2 years ago)
Very cool piece of history. I was intrigued to learn that the Roman Empire had stretched this far north. The fun part about this place is that you can explore everything. My kids had fun going below and seeing where the gladiators and animals were kept before being sent up to compete.
John-Joseph Castillo (2 years ago)
Nice quick destination. There’s some signs scattered around explaining the site and you get to go through the whole place easily. 4€ per adult when we visited. Free visitor parking on-site, pets allowed.
Jens R. (2 years ago)
Very nice visit for the price. Count 1-1,5h, not more is needed. It's a walk from Trier centrum but doable by foot.
Alix Thomsen (2 years ago)
Fantastic. You get to go EVERYWHERE. Up, down, in, under, around... the only place blocked off was due to a danger of the wall collapsing. Try every entrance and every door! Take the western exit to go to the outside and around the stadium into it from another entrance. Parking is free for this site only. Steep hike up on the vineyard field but it is beautiful. WORTH EVERY PENNY. Bathroom is clean (soap dispenser works, you just have to pull the small tab toward you). Attendant is friendly and knowledgeable enough of English to help us. Checked vaccinated status which is nice.
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