Porta Nigra is the best preserved Roman city gate to the north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city gate is now a central information centre on the Roman city and boasts an impressive model of Roman Trier. Multimedia guides tell the tale of Porta Nigra, from its early days in ancient times to its use as a church building. You can also access the content of the multimedia guide free of charge using your mobile phone. This means visitors to Porta Nigra can experience a new generation of digital guides. A multimedia installation illustrates how the ancient city gate became a place of devotion to the saints in the Middle Ages.
The city gate was built from some 7,200 stone blocks in around 170 AD, and its sturdy construction has survived until the present day. The city gate was used in a number of ways after the fall of the Roman Empire and over time. In the 11th century, the building was home to the monk Simeon, a hermit. On his death, the city gate was converted into a church building, which is another reason why it has been preserved to this day. The centuries that followed were filled with conversion and maintenance works. During Napoleon’s reign, the church was dissolved in 1803 and orders were given to restore the building to its ancient design. Work to restore and preserve the Porta Nigra is still ongoing today.
November – December Monday – Sunday 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on Shrove Monday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Due to an internal staff assembly, the Roman monuments will not open until 12 p.m. on November 8th, 2023. On December 11th, 2023 the Roman monuments will close at 2 p.m.
Note: The Roman buildings may sometimes be closed for short periods due to the weather.
Individuals €4.00 Adults, per person €3.00 Adults with concessions,* per person €2.50 Children and young people (7 to 18 years old), per person Free admission for children under 7 years of age.
Groups** €3.50 Adults (10 people or more), per person €2.00 Children and young people up to 18 years old (10 people or more), per person
Families €4.00 Family ticket I (1 adult with up to 4 children of 7 and over) €8.00 Family ticket II (2 adults with up to 4 children of 7 and over) €0.50 Each additional child (7 and over) Free admission for children under 7 years of age.
Admission included for AntikenCard holders.
* Over 18 years old in full-time education, students, apprentices, those carrying out voluntary service, pensioners, the unemployed and people with severe disabilities – evidence required in all cases. ** Group tickets must be redeemed at the same time by a single person (tour guide, supervisor). Group tickets cannot be issued to individuals (including visitors forming part of groups).
A multimedia guide is available to access free of charge from your mobile phone via the internal WiFi network.
Discover Trier with the AntikenCard
When you visit Trier, you see evidence of the ancient world everywhere you look. There is nowhere else north of the Alps that gives you such an authentic and affordable experience of Roman times, all thanks to the AntikenCard* Trier (combined ticket for the ancient centre).
It is a handy ticket that includes visits to monumental buildings in the ancient Roman city and original archaeological findings. The AntikenCard Basic includes single admission to two Roman buildings and the Rheinisches Landesmuseum. The AntikenCard Premium gives you single admission to Trier’s four Roman buildings (Porta Nigra, the Imperial Baths, the Amphitheatre and the Forum Baths) and the Rhine State Museum. The tickets are valid until the end of the calendar year. For real fans of all things Roman, there is also the AntikenCard (M)ein Jahr, which is an annual pass allowing you to visit the Roman buildings and the Rheinisches Landesmuseum as many times as you like. All three cards include admission for up to four children of 18 and under.
The AntikenCard also includes further discounts and offers for some of the cultural highlights in Trier. It gives you reduced admission to the immersive multimedia theatre experience ‘Im Reich der Schatten’ and to the Simeonstift and Trier cathedral museums. AntikenCard holders are also entitled to a 10% discount on guided tours of Roman Trier provided by ttm – Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH. These include the toga tour and costume tours of the Porta Nigra, the Imperial Baths and the Amphitheatre.**
The AntikenCard is available from all Roman buildings, the Rhine State Museum Trier and Trier Tourismus und Marketing GmbH. It can also be sent by post (postal charges apply).
AntikenCard Basic €12.00 Single admission: Two Roman buildings of your choice (Porta Nigra, Imperial Baths, Amphitheatre, Forum Baths) and admission to the Rhine State Museum. One adult with up to 4 children of 18 and under. Valid until the end of the calendar year.
AntikenCard Premium €18.00 Single admission: Four Roman buildings (Porta Nigra, Imperial Baths, Amphitheatre, Forum Baths) and admission to the Rhine State Museum. One adult with up to 4 children of 18 and under. Valid until the end of the calendar year
AntikenCard (M)ein Jahr €25.00 Annual pass for unlimited visits: Four Roman buildings (Porta Nigra, Imperial Baths, Amphitheatre, Forum Baths) and admission to the Rhine State Museum. One adult with up to 4 children of 18 and under. Validity: one year from date of purchase. Additional discounts and extras: 1 x free visit to the multimedia theatre experience ‘Im Reich der Schatten’ in the Rhine State Museum, 10% discount on Rhine State Museum publications when purchased in the museum shop.
AntikenCard Group €10.00 Single admission per person: Two Roman buildings of your choice (Porta Nigra, Imperial Baths, Amphitheatre, Forum Baths) and admission to the Rhine State Museum in a group of 10 people or more. Valid for one week from purchase, no additional discounts.
AntikenCard School €6.00 Single admission per person: Four Roman buildings (Porta Nigra, Imperial Baths, Amphitheatre, Forum Baths) and admission to the Rhine State Museum for a school trip. Valid for one week from purchase, no additional discounts.
* The AntikenCard is issued to a specific person, non-transferable and only valid with the specified name and on presentation of an identity card. In the Rhine State Museum, it only gives free admission to the permanent exhibition and any temporary exhibitions included in the normal museum admission price. Major temporary exhibitions with separate admission prices are not included, although there is normally a ‘Special AntikenCard’ available for the exhibition in question. The AntikenCard is only valid during normal opening hours and does not include participation in special events, guided tours or other offers, except for public guided tours of permanent or temporary exhibitions at the state museum on Sunday and entry to the Roman Festival at the Imperial Baths. Free entry to events by external providers is explicitly excluded and it will not be replaced, returned or reimbursed if lost.
** The number of people taking part in guided tours is limited.
The Centre of Antiquity consists of a range of historic buildings. Disabled access therefore varies across different sites and cannot always be guaranteed because of the historic nature of the buildings.
Porta Nigra: The exhibition rooms on the upper floors are accessible via steps. The forecourt of Porta Nigra is accessible via ramps with a change of surface from paving to tarmac. The threshold to Porta Nigra is easily accessible via a ramp. There are sensory models of the different construction phases of Porta Nigra in the entrance area.
Parking - Porta Nigra car park (50 m) - Kaufhof car park (200 m) - Car park on Rindertanzstrasse, ‘Sieh um Dich’ (300 m)
Coach parking - Coach stop on Franz-Ludwig-Strasse (100 m). Please note: for boarding and exiting only, not for parking - 5–6 paying bays along Weberbach near the Aula Palatina (900 m) - 20 paying bays at the Kaiserthermen (Imperial Baths) coach park (1.1 km)