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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Four Towers (Vier Türme) - the four Renaissance
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
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
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
(Middle Rhine) Museum.
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.