The Römerbrücke was built around 17 BCE and was a substantial factor in the founding of the city of Trier. The bridge, which is also on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, is still in use today and can demonstrate an impressive history spanning its 1900 years of existence.
The Römerbrücke in Trier was built at the intersection of various roads and waterways of an arterial road system in the Roman Empire. Timbers discovered in the bed of the River Mosel have undergone dendrochronological analysis and have been dated to 17 BCE. The construction and completion of the Römerbrücke were accompanied by the survey works for founding a city. “Augusta Treverorum”, founded the same year in honour of Emperor Augustus, is thus the oldest city in Germany.
The first wooden bridge remained in existence for around 90 years, and was not replaced by a bridge of stone construction until around 71 CE. This second Römerbrücke also displayed impressive stability. The bridge was redesigned as the present-day Römerbrücke in around 144 CE, probably because the traffic routes were too narrow. The traffic lanes have only been widened twice, in the 19th and 20th centuries, due to the growing traffic volume. Today visitors and local people still travel across the River Mosel to Trier, the Centre of Antiquity, via the Römerbrücke.