United and Lufthansa offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Frankfurt, with early May fares currently starting at $797 round trip. You can take the train to Trier, about 112 miles west of Frankfurt, for about $48.
Hotel Deutscher Hof
Sudallee 25, Trier
Easy walk into the old town, with large, simply furnished rooms and a 1970s-era wood-and-stone lobby. Rooms from about $80.
Weierbachstrasse 8, Schleich
Modest accommodations in the middle of the most beautiful stretch of the Mosel Valley; rooms in the old winery manor. From about $36 a night, with discounts for stays of three days or more.
Von Nell Wine Farm
Im Tiergarten 12, Trier
Restaurant on the grounds of a family-owned winery established in 1803. Dinner includes a tour. Entrees start at about $15 .
Liebfrauenstrasse 10, Trier
In the old city, casual with traditional decor. Entrees start at about $10.
Weierbachstrasse 12, Schleich
Family home and ancestral winery for the Reh family, which has been making wine along the Mosel since at least 1668. They don’t offer food, other than a basket of bread to go with the wine you’re tasting. The tasting is free, with the assumption that you’ll buy at least a bottle. If you don’t, there may be a discretionary charge (it depends on Herr Reh’s mood), which varies but is never more than about $25.
Karl Marx Haus
Bruckenstrasse 10, Trier
The house where Marx was born, with revolving exhibits related to the man, his life and his philosophy. April-October, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. daily; November-March, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 2 to 5 p.m. About $4, students about $2.50, families about $8.
Heiliger Rock (Holy robe)
Sternstrasse 4, Trier
This year is the 500th anniversary of the first showing of the robe Jesus purportedly wore to the crucifixion, given to the city by St. Helena because her son, Emperor Constantine, lived there during the first part of his rule. The robe will be displayed from April 13 to May 13 for the first time since 1996.
April-October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and church holidays; November-March, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and church holidays. About $2, students about 65 cents, families about $4.50.
Walking tour of ancient Trier
Eleven Holy Roman emperors ruled from Trier in the 3rd and 4th centuries, and an extraordinary amount of the ancient city of Augusta Treverorum remains, including the largest arch (the Porta Nigra) and the largest ancient room, the Basilica of Constantine. About $11 per person for two hours.