Saturday, September 22, 2012
For the opposite effect one need only visit Trier, Germany and take in the Weinachtmarkt. Why Trier, particularly? Trier wasn't of particular interest to Nazi Germany and as a result was not bombed out of existence by the liberating forces...the old buildings, some dating back to 200 AD are still standing and gracing the cobbled roads with their mystery and majesty.
Coming from the North you see the Roman Black Gate (Porta Nigra) which dates from 180-200 AD. Do not miss the opportunity to tour this amazing structure. It is in remarkable shape inside for it's age and the bas relief sculptured walls will not disappoint. It is well worth climbing all those stairs.
Before you go be sure to check the schedule...there will be concerts and puppet shows not to mention the coronation of the "gluvine queen" and other special events throughout the market time. The markt runs from around November 25th to December 23rd.