Photographs of Trier (Trèves), Germany's oldest city (2,000+ years).

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


A nice little balcony structure on Kaiserstrasse. Notice how the man and the woman carry it on their shoulders. Very atlasian! :)

I can't quite tell how much room there is on it, but in the summer something like that can really come in handy! Maybe you could set up a small grill there and enjoy a nice Bratwurst with a few beers while watching a game of football! Or would that be too much cliché?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Roman Emperor

Trier was once part of the ancient Roman empire, and you can find evidence of that all around the city. This bust, however, is currently "on display" at a very unlikely location: The entry of the Forum, a popular discotheque in Trier! I used to be good at recognizing Roman Emperors (all I did in my Latin courses at school was look at the pictures in the book...) but I'm not sure who this is. Augustus (who founded Trier) would be an obvious choice, but I don't quite see it. Any experts around?

See a wider view of the entry here.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Graffiti Sunday 4: The Men in Grey Extended

Since so many of you liked last week's graffiti of the Men in Grey, I decided to show you the whole thing in all its glory. I went back to the underpass and took a series of photos - the graffiti is too big to fit into one photograph - and then used the amazing software AutoStitch to automatically create this panoramic image. Click on the image to view the bigger version, or eMail me if you want the really big (5359x1747 pixels) version!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Radio tower on Petrisberg

I promised to show you what's up on Petrisberg, and I decided to use this photo, after going up there almost every day this past week in hope of getting a better one. But the weather (and especially the light) was very cold and unpleasant, so the pictures I took didn't look the way I wanted them to. But it looks like the sun is finally coming out a little more, so I will keep going up there, because there really are a lot of beautiful sights.

Anyway, on this photo you can see the radio tower in the background, and part of the former area of the Landesgartenschau 2004 (link in German only, sorry), a landscaping and gardening fair.

Friday, February 24, 2006

It's that time of year again

Yesterday was Weiberfastnacht, and since I'm not into that sort of thing at all, I was totally unprepared when I entered the Hauptmarkt and found myself in a crowd of hundreds of celebrating people, most of them dressed up in disguises, cheering the Prinzenpaar, that was lifted in the air by a fire truck to greet the Narren und Närrinen from the sky.

In the background is the tower of St. Gangolf, presenting the Latin phrase vigilate et orate in golden letters, which, if Google memory serves me, means something like "watch and pray".

I for one will watch this Karneval thing unfold the next few days and pray that I will make it through without going insane. But to all of you actually enjoying the fifth season: Have a fun time!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Under Construction

The area in front of the Kaiserthermen is currently under construction. I'm not quite sure what or why these excavators are digging, but in the background you can see the "new development of the entrée situation of the Imperial Thermea Trier" (so says the sign).

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

XL Mannequins

Two very content looking large size mannequins in the window of a clothing retailer near the Basilika.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

All that Jazz

I love good jazz, and in Trier there is a lot of it around. Like every Tuesday at the Walderdorff's, a bar/club/café opposite the cathedral. The entry is free (but you have to pay 1 Euro extra on the first drink) and every time I was there, the music was awesome. It's a great atmosphere, too, located two floors below the ground, the walls are made up of stone vaults which also add a lot to the acoustic qualities.

Every Tuesday features a local jazz formation. The saxophone above belongs to the quintet Ad Hoc, which I saw at the Walderdorff's two weeks ago. Tonight, GRS Unit will be playing. The name sounds more like a hip hop project, but I'm sure they will play some fine jazz!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Way up

Last Sunday I was cruising around Trier with no particular goal in mind, when I took a turn and suddenly found myself on the way up the Petrisberg, one of the hills of Trier. What's up there? I'll show you later in the week!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Graffiti Sunday 3: The Men in Grey

Momo seems to be a popular theme in Trier. This awesome graffiti, showing die grauen Herren (the Men in Grey or the Grey Gentlemen), is painted on the wall of an underpass near the Kaiserthermen. In Michael Ende's novel (and subsequent movies and television series), they are the sinister 'representatives' of the Timesavings Bank, who promote the idea of saving time, only to consume it themselves in the form of cigarettes made from the dried petals of the hour-lilies that represent time.

I remember watching the movie as a child and being really scared by the Men in Grey. And to be honest, I think I still am!

Note: I am away for the weekend, so Rob from Life in Stuttgart is posting this for me.

Update: I've added the location to the description, somehow that got lost from the original post. I'm blaming Rob! (Just kidding! ;))

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Zum Treppchen

Zum Treppchen (lit.: to the small staircase) is a tiny restaurant in Trier-West. It's got its name from the (small) staircase that goes down a hill just to the left of it. It's not in use at the moment, in fact there is a sign next to the door that says "Restaurants for lease".

Note: I am away for the weekend, so Rob from Life in Stuttgart is posting this for me.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Little Mermaid

This detail shot of the fountain on Hauptmarkt shows a winged mermaid, I think. I'm not that good with legendary creatures, but it looks like a mermaid to me. I took the photo after dark without using the flash, just the street lights, so there's a bit of shadow in there, but the photos with flash looked weird and artificial.

Also, please welcome the latest member in our ever-growing Daily Photo family: Berlin! And make sure to frequently check my blog roll on the left for other new Daily Photo blogs!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Fountain on Kornmarkt

The fountain on Kornmarkt with the postal offices in the background. Not much to say about that, but it sure is pretty, isn't it?

While taking photos there I ran into a friend (or rather he ran into me) who told me about a friend of his, also called Sebastian, who also posts photos made mostly in Trier on his website. His is a very different approach to mine, and he's published some very beautiful pictures. It's definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Every city's daily photo blog needs a saxophonist! This one was playing his tune in Nells Park during the Pfad der Bäume exhibition (were I took these photos). Despite the very, very cold conditions he was able to set a nice mood for the event.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Elector's Palace

Das kurfürstliche Palais (Elector's Palace, more info here/ici/hier) is one of the more romantic settings of Trier. On a sunny day you will find many people sitting or wandering around in the Palastgarten (Palace Garden), which features many statues, little lakes and meadows. In the summer you can go there to feed the ducks, play with your children or just enjoy the scenery. And if it wasn't so cold today would be a good time to take your Valentine there for a romantic walk in the park!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Three phases

I managed to capture all three phases of a traffic light, red, yellow and green, in this shot. It was purely by accident, initially I just wanted to photograph the red light, but then during the exposure it changed.

This is on Kaiserstrasse (Emperor's street), which goes from the Kaiserthermen all the way to the Moselle river.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Graffiti Sunday 2: Electric Boogaloo

This man is spreading the word (or sunflowers) in a small passage between Karl-Marx-Strasse and the Theatherplatz. The wall this graffiti is on belongs to the Astarix, a popular restaurant for students, so I'm guessing this is a student's work, but I didn't find any signature, so I'm not sure.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The tower of St. Gangolf

The tower of the St. Gangolf church is one of the more recognizable features of the Trierer "skyline". I took this photo out of a fifth floor window, from where you have a good view over the roofs of the downtown area.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hauptmarkt by night

The image above isn't actually the photo I want to show you today, it's more like a teaser, because the real one, shown below, doesn't really work in this small size. I really love it though, so I hope you take the time to click on it and view the bigger version.

I took the picture Tuesday night on Hauptmarkt (the "main market" place), and I think it has a great feel to it, the way the slightly wet floor reflects the lights and the angle being a bit off.

It makes a great wallpaper! ;)

P.S.: If you ever think one of my photos would make a great wallpaper/print/poster/whatever, but you would like to have a bigger (higher resolution) image, feel free to send me an eMail request, I'll see what I can do.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Who's a good boy?

I went to the supermarket the other day, and when I came out and got to my bike, this little fellow was sitting there, whining and looking at me with those big, black eyes - I just had to take a picture.

I love dogs, but I'm no good when it comes to naming breeds, so I'm guessing here... this is a baby Wookiee? ;)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mourning the loss of Johannes Rau

The flag in front of the Trierer City Hall was lowered to half-mast yesterday, as it was in all of Germany, when former President Johannes Rau was buried in Berlin a week and a half after his death at age 75. Rau was President of Germany from 1999 to 2004.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

St. Antonius

Here it is again, the Church of St. Antonius, near the Viehmarkt. Other than that it's a catholic church and was built in the 14th century, I couldn't find much information about it, but in a town with as many churches as Trier, not every single one can have the robe of Jesus on display (like the cathedral, but more about that in the future)!

Update: Turns out I just wasn't looking hard enough for interesting facts on St. Antonius. Em has written about the history of the church in the comments. Thanks, Em!

Monday, February 06, 2006

St. Antonius, reflected

This is the church of St. Antonius, reflected in the glass structure on Viehmarkt. I will post a "normal" (unreflected) photo of the church tomorrow, but I thought this was a nice way to get a first look at it!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Graffiti Sunday

A few weeks ago I showed a photo of some grafitti and wrote that I was going to post some more in the future. Well, why not try and make it a little "Sunday-tradition"? Grafitti Sunday!

This week's graffiti I found underneath the Konrad-Adenauer-Brücke when I was riding my bike to Luxembourg last month.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Ad on Taxi

Similar to the car Rob spotted in Stuttgart, this Trierer taxi cab is sponsored by a local basketball team, or Detlef Musch of the TBB Trier to be precise.

The text on the car's window translates to "Big or small, our taxi fits all!" (and it rhymes, too!) and with his 2.12 meters (7 feet), Musch definitely belongs in the 'big' category!

Friday, February 03, 2006


Photographing prohibited!

Inside this military facility it is prohibited to photograph and to film or to carry photo- and filming-equipment. Photo- and filming-equipment are to be handed over to the guard.

The equipment as well as the fiming material can be ceased if the prohibition is violated.

I'm not sure what kind of military facility this is - I tried to locate it on a map but either I remember the location wrong or it's just not on there - but they're certainly serious about no one getting a look on what's going on on the other side of this fence. Well, I suppose whatever it is, it's on a strict need-to-know basis. And we don't need to know...

Thursday, February 02, 2006


This sundial/fountain (it's a fountain designed as a sundial) on the Willy-Brand-Platz behind the basilica (seen on the right) was given to the city of Trier for its 2,000th anniversary in 1985 by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. There's more information at (in German).

It's not necessarily a beautiful thing (or photo, for that matter), but I think it has an odd, quirky look to it. The gnomon (which is, like, totally my favorite word ever) kinda looks like a giant cigarette, don't you think?

(btw, Happy Groundhog Day, everybody!)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

No Hands!

I used to be able to do this, but somehow I forgot how to ride my bike without using my hands, like this person does. Well, I guess I just need to practice it more. Then again I always need one hand on the breaks, in case I see something that I want to photograph and have to stop really quick!

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