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Koblenz, Germany
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Koblenz is a city of about 100,000 people.  It is located on the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz.  The city takes its name from the word for confluence in Latin, as represented by the joining of the Moselle River and the Rhine River at the city.  The intersection of the rivers is known as the Deutsches Eck and is marked by a monument to Emperor William I.  Koblenz to Rudesheim forms the Upper Middle Rhine and some of the best river cruising in Europe.

Weather:

Koblenz is a summer tourist destination along the Rhine River.  Average temperatures peak in July and August at 80 F (26 C), while lows are about 55 F (13 C).  By December and January average highs are 40 F (5 C) and average lows are just below freezing.  Precipitation is light throughout the year, but tends to spike in July.  August is the perfect time to visit Koblenz for weather, but spring and fall may be more enjoyable with reduced tourist volumes.

Transportation:

Koblenz is a standard stop for river cruises on the Rhine and is easily accessible by train.  It's about a 30 minute train trip heading down river to Cologne, traveling through Bonn.  Mainz is about an hour away by train.  Frankfurt is about 1.5 hours from Koblenz.

The train station is about a 5 minute cab ride from the major sights in the Old Town or about a 15 minute walk.  Alternately it's a 15 minute walk south from the station to the Rhine and the beginning of the Rhine Promenade, which leads back to the Old Town.

Deutsches Eck, Koblenz, Germany

Deutsches Eck, Koblenz, © Jo Chambers - Fotolia.com

Attractions in Koblenz:

Things to see and do:

Walk the Old Town (Altstadt):

  • The Rhine Promenade (Rheinanlagen) - Start at the Weindorf Restaurant, which used to be a gigantic wine exhibition village.  It's located beside the Pfaffendorf Bridge along the Rhine.  Walk past the Electoral Palace (Kurfurstliches Schloss) and the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht).  Behind the Higher Regional Court is the Memorial to victims of the Third Reich at Reichensperger Platz.  Next continue on the promenade toward the Deutsches Eck.  There are gardens along the way, plus the historic Pegelhaus Rhine crane building that is now a restaurant.  Eventually you will reach the Castor Basilica or Kastor Church and the Deutsches Eck.  Then proceed along the Moselle River on the Peter-Altmeier-Ufer pedestrian walk for views of the Florinkirche and the Liebfrauenkirche.

  • The Deutsches Eck (German Corner) is located at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle (Mosel).  See the monument to Emperor William the Great on horseback. Then stroll to St. Castor's Church (Kastorkirche, Bascilica St Kastor).  It was built in the 800s and was the site for the Treaty of Verdun, which ended the reign of Charlemagne and paved the way for the creation of Germany and France.  It is next to the Ludwig Museum at the Deutsches Eck and is also the spot where you can catch the cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress - one of the largest forts in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The fortress built in the early 1800s and is situated 400 feet above the river. The site is huge, so make use of the top 10 list on their web site.  Take the cable car from downtown Koblenz beside the Kastorkirche, across the Rhine, to the fortress.

Kastor Church, Koblenz, Germany

Kastor Church

  • The Four Towers (Vier Türme) - the four Renaissance buildings from the late 1600s on the four corners of the intersection of the Am Plan and Marktstravsse. The buildings are St. Peter house, the Green Tree house, the Haus Raffauf and the Haus Eierstock.  Immediately to the south is Am Plan Pedestrian Area.  Overlooking the square is Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche), built in the 1200s but damaged and reconstructed after World War II.  Check out the amazing stained glass.  North of the church is the Munzplatz (Munz square).  

  • Just south of the Liebfrauenkirche is the Jesuiten Platz (Jesuit Square), which includes the Jesuit Church and City Hall.  The Spitting Boy Fountain (Der Schängelbrunnen) is off the western edge of this square.  Be careful - the "boy" will spit on you at random times.

  • The next square to the south is the Görresplatz, which is named for the poet Josef Goerres.  This is a great place to visit cafes at night.

  • The Florinsmarkt square is located between the Liebfrauenkirche and the Mosel River. St Florin's Church (Florinkirche) and the Altes Kaufhaus are located on the square.  The Atles Kaufhaus is an old department store that is also known as the Buying and Dance House.  To the north of Florinsmarkt and directely on the Mosel is the Alte Burg.  It's a castle from the 1300s that is now the Municipal Archives of Koblenz.

  • The Forum Confluentes cultural center is located at the western edge of the Old Town.  It includes the Forum Mittelrhein shopping mall, the City Library, the Romanticum interactive Rhine exhibit and the Mittelrhein (Middle Rhine) Museum.

  • At Christmas, visit the Koblenzer Weihnachtsmarkt.

  • Garten der Schmetterlinge Schloss Sayn - butterfly gardens and Schloss Sayn Castle, about 15 minutes from Koblenz.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz, Germany

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, © Eve - Fotolia.com

Moselle Cruising:

Upper Middle Rhine Cruising:

  • The Rhine River between Koblenz and Rüdesheim is referred to as the Upper Middle Rhine or the Rhine Gorge.  Refer to our web page on the Rhine Gorge for information about visiting this section of the river. 

Savor the Tastes of Koblenz:

  • the Weindorf Restaurant on the Rhine Promenade.

  • The Pegelhaus - originally a Rhine Crane (foot powered crane at the river) built in 1611, it is now a restaurant.

  • For fine dining, try the Restaurant Historischer Weinkeller.

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Next Stop Down River - Cologne

Next Stop Up River -  Rudesheim