Koblenz - Germany cities
Situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle and surrounded by four low mountain ranges is the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz. 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 view from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress high above the Rhine (118 metres) across the river down to “Deutsches Eck” with its re-erected equestrian statue of Emperor William I is spectacular. Koblenz is a meeting point for visitors from all over the world and an excellent starting point for trips into the fascinating landscape along the Rhine and the Moselle.

Stolzenfels Castle, ehrenbreitstein Fortress, part of St. Castor basilika - Fotos: Frey Pressebild
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’ 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.

Fortess 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.

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. In the evening you may to wine and dine in an indoor or outdoor restaurant or go for a winetastily in a typical “Weinstube” (wine tavern).

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.

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.

Different restaurants, wine bars and beer gardens - Fotos: Frey Pressebild
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. 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.”

Every year in August, Koblenz wins a place in thousands of hearts when it is time for the fantastic fireworks Rhein in Flammen (the 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.

All in all, there is always a good reason to visit Koblenz and enjoy life in the most beautiful corner of Germany. We are looking forward to seeing you here soon.

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