Germany's Most Beautiful ‘Corner’
Embraced by Father Rhine and Mother Moselle, Koblenz is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Germany. With the rocky slopes along the Rhine River, sleepy little spots and panoramic views of castles and stately homes, it has always attracted the romantics. The Rhine and the Moselle rivers are integral to Koblenz. They are a meeting place for young and old, and between their banks, life pulsates on the busy squares and streets. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly town where its guests feel right at home.
The city of Koblenz is located in-between the Moselle-Saar holiday region and Romantic Rhine holiday region, approximately 85 km to the northeast of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
Of the Rhine's tributaries, the Moselle is considered the loveliest. Idyllic wine villages perched on steep, vine-clad slopes, and romantic little towns with a medieval feel, such as Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues, lend the Moselle valley its unique character. Trier, over 2,000 years old, is the oldest town in Germany and its stone relics dating back to Roman times have now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Come and discover for yourself the jovial hospitality of local Moselle people — and don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious glass of that famous local Riesling. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar holiday region
The Romantic Rhine holiday region is characterized by Rhine Romanticism, that is still very much in the air today, as anyone who has visited this world-famous valley between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz will tell you. With its picture-book castles and ruins and its historical towns and sights, this impressive stretch of the river epitomises some of the loveliest river scenery in the world. Only a short time ago, it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Experience a journey back in time and let the diversity, the beauty and the culinary specialities of this region work their magic on you. ... read more about the Romantic Rhine holiday region
Landmark of Koblenz is the ‘Deutsches Eck’ (German Corner) — a corner of Germany with a difference. If you stand inside the church-sized foundations and look out to the Rhine River and Moselle River, the ‘corner’ which juts right out into the water seems to undergo a strange transformation. Suddenly it turns into the bow of a ship gliding through the waves of the two rivers. Meanwhile, high above, Kaiser Wilhelm holds his metal plumed helmet up to the wind. If he could turn his head a little to the right, he could look straight up to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress that stands in solitary splendour on the hills on the other side of the Rhine.
From the ‘Deutsches Eck’ (German Corner) you can reach Ehrenbreitstein fortress by taking a small ferry and the cable car that stops just in front of the metre thick walls of the fortress. Crossing the moat, which is as deep as a house, and passing through the mighty gates and dark passageways, you will come to the fortress plateau where it is worth taking a look over the extended parapets. At the foot of the steep slopes directly beneath you lies Koblenz, surrounded by the rivers glistening in the sun. Nestling between the regions of Eifel, Hunsrück, Taunus and Westerwald, the city on the Rhine/Moselle attracts hordes of people every day. This leaves its mark. There is not a square or small lane that is not packed with countless bars, cafés and restaurants offering you a comfortable seat, both inside and out. The shops are crammed together along the lively streets. Follow these and you will come to the Löhr-Center, one of the biggest shopping centres in Germany. Spread over its three floors are boutiques, well-known department stores and cosy cafés set along open-plan arcades, enabling you to get a good look at the ever changing displays and a variety of tempting shop windows.
The town owes its name to the Romans who named the ‘castle’ they constructed here around 9 B.C. ‘castellum apud confluentes.’ This means ‘castle at the confluence of the rivers’. Visitors on the trail of Koblenz's past, find themselves caught up in the history of a town which over the centuries was captured by the Franks, chosen as a place of residence by German prince electors, conquered by the French and fortified by the Prussians. A truly European place. Fortress walls and towers, castles and palaces, monuments and parks paint a vivid picture of the town’s eventful past. Koblenz was conquered by foreign armies and has received princes, kings, emperors and presidents within its walls. Today visitors from all over the world enjoy discovering the history and rich cultural heritage of this old town.
- Deutsches Eck
- Enthroned atop his monumental pedestal, Kaiser Wilhelm out over the confluence Rhine and Moselle.
- Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
- 118 m above the river, the mighty fortress rises up above the rocky cliffs of the Rhine valley, affording breathtaking views of Koblenz.
- Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Schloss)
- With its huge and impressive portico, the palace, built between 1777 and 1786 in the style of French Classicism, extends down to the banks of the Rhine.
- Old "Kauf- und Danzhaus"
- Home of the Central Rhine Museum. Highlights include paintings from the 19th century, the Rhine Romantics and the Rhineland landscapes.
- Basilika St. Kastor
- The partition of the Franconian Empire was decided here in 842. In 1991 the Pope elevated the church into a basilica minor.
- The 13th century administrative building of the Teutonic Order of Knights. Now home of the Ludwig Museum which specializes in contemporary French art.
- Alte Burg
- The defensive fort was built in the 13th century to defend against the popular struggle for independence. Now home of the town archive.
- Church of Our Lady
- The baroque onion domes of the five-axis buttressed basilica built between 1180 and 1250 tower above the heart of the Old Town.
- Haus Metternich at Münzplatz Square
- All the remains of the electoral mint, from which the square takes its name, is the Münzmeisterhause of 1763. Metternich, later chancellor of imperial Austria, was born in Haus Metternich in 1773. Sections of a Roman earth fort were found beneath the square.
- Dicastic Building (Dikasterialgebäude)
- The former archiepiscopal building was built according to plans drawn up by Balthasar Neumann.
- Koblenz City Theatre (Stadttheater)
- The only preserved classical theatre on the Central Rhine was built in 1786/87. The interior also radiates its former splendour.
- Former Government Building (Ehemaliges Regierungsbebäude)
- The former Prussian government building, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is one of the leading examples of Neo- Romanesque architecture.
- Historic Town Hall (Rathaus)
- The town hall is housed in the former Cistercian monastery.
- St. Florin’s Church (Florinskirche)
- Romanesque triple-nave buttressed basilica dating back to the 12th century. Beneath the Gothic apse are the remains of a Roman city wall tower.
- The ‘Weindorf’ (Wine Village), situated on the Rhine banks at the Empress-Augusta-Gardens has for nearly 75 years been an exceptional address for connoisseurs of good wine and regional specialities. The building complex which consists of a genuine vineyard and half-timbered houses from some of the most famous German wine-growing areas, was built on the occasion of the ‘German Wine’ Exhibition in 1925.
- Fort Konstantin
- The fort, part of the ring of defensive fortifications, is one of Koblenz’s most beautiful ‘roof terraces’.
- History Column
- The ten pictures on the almost 11 m high column document the 2000 year old history of the town of Koblenz.
- Empress Augusta Park
- The Rhine Gardens form one of the most beautiful riverside promenades between Basle and Rotterdam. They were designed by the most important landscape gardeners in Prussia on the orders of Empress Augusta, beginning in 1856.
- Stolzenfels Palace
- Stolzenfels Castle is the architectural epitome of Rhine Romanticism. With its ochre-yellow exterior, fountain and walled gardens, it has a Mediterranean warmth and serenity. Original interior, beautiful wall painting, collection of armour and weapons.
In spring, when the beer gardens get out their tables and chairs, and place them under the chestnut trees, the people of Koblenz make a beeline for the banks of the Rhine and the Moselle. They sit there talking animatedly, drinking their locally brewed beer, listening to the lapping of the waves and watching the ships sailing leisurely by. Things get a bit more lively in August with the ‘Rhine in Flames’ festival. A brightly burning and colourful spectacle of fire lights up the castles, stately homes and the faces of the astonished spectators, whilst Kaiser Wilhelm on his vantage point is surrounded by open-air theatre and jubilant, dancing Rhine romantics.
The people of Koblenz and their guests certainly enjoy the open-air life. You will see them walking in the extensive grounds of the Kaiserin Augusta park, the loveliest park on the Rhine, and on the cultivated banks of the Moselle. People stroll along under the old trees. Joggers are out and about and people sit on the benches talking animatedly, escaping from their everyday stresses. In the summer, the people of Koblenz use their ‘old town’ for a broad variety of open-air events and visitors wonder if today is a special day. No, this is quite normal for Koblenz, as is the wide range of cultural activities on offer. Germany’s ‘International Juggling and Cabaret Festival’ can be found in the ‘old town’ of Koblenz in summer, and in the city theatre you can listen to music played by one of the oldest orchestras in Germany, the Rhine Philharmonic.
- Mittelrhein Museum
- Treasures from the 2000 year-old cultural history of the Rhineland; a collection of Middle Ages sculptures from the Rhine and Mosel region; paintings from the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (Jörg Breu, Lucas van Valckenborch).
- Ludwig Museum at the Deutschherrenhaus
- Contemporary art and French art from renowned figures.
- Landesmuseum Koblenz
- National collection of technical cultural monuments; exhibition of the most important raw materials of the region; national collection on the history of photography in Rhineland-Palatinate.
- Rhein-Museum Koblenz
- Cultural history and shipping on the Rhine.
- House where Maria Magdalena Keverichs (1746-1787), the mother of Ludwig van Beethoven, was born; memorial and exhibition on the family of the composer and 18th Century cultural history in Ehrenbreitstein.
- This museum at the Deinhard head office provides an insight into the work of a winemaker and all of the important processes of winemaking.
- Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung
- The Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS), with exhibition space spread over 7,200 square metres, represents one of the largest technology collections in the Republic of Germany.
- DB Museum – Koblenz
- 20 historic vehicles, electric locomotives, saloon carriages; models of various engine types provide an insight into how they function. In addition: Presentation of a model railway.
- Rheinisches Fastnachtsmuseum Koblenz
- In the historic ‘Kehlturm’ tower at Fort Konstantin, you can find out all there is to know about ‘Karneval’ in the Rhineland and its origins.
- Heimatmuseum Horchheim
- The former Horchheimer farmhouse (1780) is used for both permanent and limited exhibitions; photos from the ‘good old days’, utility objects, fieldwork tools, gardening and handcraft devices.
- Heimatmuseum Güls
- Along with exhibits on the early settlement history of the Moselle district and the Roman era, the development of the community of Güls and the life of the population along the Moselle River is displayed on the basis of a variety of daily objects, living quarters from the 19th Century and a former school classroom.
- Haus Metternich
- ‘Haus Metternich’ is one of the oldest structures in Koblenz; in 1773, Austria’s later National Chancellor, Prince Clemens Metternich was born; exhibition location of the Consortium of Central Rhine Artists and other institutions.
While strolling through the town’s historic centre with its narrow lanes and romantic squares you may choose to go shopping, or just to have a break in one of the many sidewalk cafés. A walk from ‘Florinsmarkt’ (St Florin’s Market) to ‘Münzplatz’ (Old Mint Square) and ‘Jesuitenplatz’ (Jesuits’ Square) will take you past historic monuments such as medieval churches (St Florin’s Church and Our Lady’s Church) and beautifully restored historic house fronts as well as attractive shops inviting you to shopping in historic surroundings. An especially appealing area to shop is the ‘Shopping Mile’, the Löhrstraße pedestrian zone with its speciality shops and department stores, and its direct connection to the ‘Löhr-Center’ shopping mall (one of the biggest shopping centres in Germany), with its three floors accommodating attractive and unique shops, boutiques and special eateries — all under one roof.
Nowhere in Old Koblenz is far from the banks of the Rhine or the Moselle. Here you can stroll leisurely along the rivers watching barges and boats passing by. In the evening you may to wine and dine in an indoor or outdoor restaurant or go for a wine tasting in a typical ‘Weinstube’ (wine tavern). Tasting the wines and savouring the specialties of this region is a unique experience, highly appreciated already by Thomas Jefferson and Queen Victoria in the 18th and 19th centuries. Try, for example, regional dishes such as ‘Deppekooche’ (a potato casserole made of grated potatoes, bacon and onions) together with a young or dry ‘Riesling’ — simply irresistible. Visit a beer garden or a ‘Weinstube’ (wine tavern) serving local wine from the steep slopes of the Moselle or from the Rhine valley. Look for a ‘Straußwirtschaft’ (a winery or winegrower’s cottage) where homemade wine is offered. Sometimes a sign is displayed outside, such as a broom, a bottle or a bunch of birch twigs tied up with coloured ribbons. Often homemade food is offered to go with the wine. You will enjoy the best of local cuisine. Visitors are often treated like members of the family and if you drop in at the right time it may not take long before everyone is joining in songs about ‘Father Rhine’ and sweet ‘Mother Moselle.’
Enjoy extensive strolls, scenic walks and cycle routes or take a river cruise. Enjoy water sports, golf, horse-riding, swimming or whatever else you may need to get your heart and circulation going. The town itself, as well as the rivers winding their way between castellated mountains, is ideal for an active holiday in a scenic and stimulating surrounding. For those who prefer to take it easier there are innumerable possibilities for relaxing body and soul in Koblenz with its agreeable climate.
Every year in August, Koblenz wins a place in thousands of hearts when it is time for the fantastic fireworks ‘Rhein in Flammen’ (Rhine in Flames). Cultural events as well as the best of entertainment take place all year in Koblenz. There are classical open-air concerts in front of the Prince Elector’s Palace and choral concerts at Schloss Stolzenfels, the romantic summer residence erected by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV for his Bavarian spouse Elisabeth and himself. Various street festivals as well as interesting museums and art galleries complete the choice.
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