UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES TRIERThe Thermen am Viehmarkt
In the Thermen am Viehmarkt you can explore archaeological relics dating from the time of the founding of Trier to the end of the Second World War. It was not until 1987 that a wide variety of foundations were discovered during construction measures underneath the Viehmarkt. These included the foundations of Roman houses from the time the city was founded. These were followed in the 2nd century by a major building whose significance is still a puzzle today, and which was converted into a public baths in the 4th century. The name Thermen am Viehmarkt (“the thermal baths on the Viehmarkt”) came about on the basis of this find. Streets of houses and sewers, a medieval refuse pit and the cellar rooms of the Baroque Capuchin monastery were also excavated from 1987 to 1994.
The impressive variety of archaeological remains at the Thermen am Viehmarkt are surrounded by a protective glass building designed by the architect Oswald M. Ungers. The building, which functions as a showcase to present the modern archaeological work and the eventful history of the city of Trier, is also used for exhibitions. The underground routes of the Roman streets are illustrated in red granite on the square itself, and highlight the central position of the Viehmarkt in the ancient street network of Trier.
The Thermen am Viehmarkt can be hired for events.