Rhine and Moselle
The rivers are the sights of Koblenz that shape the city. Koblenz is located at the mouth of the Mosel get on the Rhine. That lies between Rotterdam and Munich. Perfect for a stopover in Rhineland-Palatinate on a trip to the Netherlands. So let's take a closer look at the Koblenz attractions. We stay at the GHotel & Living near the main train and bus station of the city. It's perfect for exploring Koblenz. We set off on our Koblenz sightseeing tour.
The trains and buses that go to the attractions in Koblenz leave in front of the front door. We leave our car in the parking garage at the main train station and take bus line 1 to the Deutsches Eck stop. Shortly afterwards we reach the point where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. (Map)
St. Kastor Basilica - one of the sights of Koblenz
The towers of the St. Kastor basilica tower above us, which dates back to 817, when Archbishop Hetti von Trier began building the church. Arched windows in the Romanesque style bear witness to the age of the basilica. The ambassadors of the sons of Louis the Pious gathered in this church. They agreed on the Treaty of Verdun (843), which led to the division of the Franconian Empire. We are accordingly impressed to see the wall reliefs, the images of saints, the pulpit and the sculptures of saints inside the basilica. (Map)
We look through lattice gates to the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, which is surrounded by a park. Behind it we can already see the ships that are sailing on the Moselle in the direction of the Europabrücke. The river carries more water than normal, because part of the riverside path that extends to the Deutsches Eck is under water. However, a walker is not deterred and takes his dachshund for a walk. He throws himself into the water with pleasure - protected by his master's leash, which prevents him from being driven away. (Map)
A coffee break is a must at the Koblenz sights
While we watch the current of the Moselle as it flows towards the Rhine, cyclists keep overtaking us. They use the promenade for a trip on their bikes. We let ourselves be infected by the excursion. We get a cappuccino with a strawberry cake and enjoy the view of the hustle and bustle on the banks of the Moselle from the Königsbacher beer garden at the Deutsches Eck. (Map)
Equestrian statue at the Deutsches Eck - one of the Koblenz sights
Freshly strengthened, we walk on and are impressed by the shipyards that seem to be waiting for the ropes of the Rhine ships. However, I believe that they are more decorative than intended, that's how gorgeous they are. An equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I rises above the mouth of the Moselle, who sits so powerfully on his horse that you think he's about to go into battle. Not quite my taste. I am always suspicious of such hero memorials, and so we quickly follow the bank of the Rhine, which extends south from here. (Map)
The Electoral Palace in Koblenz is built in the style of early classicism, as was common in France. The client for the construction was the Archbishop and Elector of Trier, Clemens Wenzeslaus of Saxony. Later the Crown Prince of Prussia and the future Kaiser Wilhelm also lived there. Today federal authorities are housed in it.
The castle is located in the park where the Federal Garden Show took place in 2011. The gardens are now part of the World Heritage Gardens route and are open to the public. The castle itself is used as an administration building. Occasionally you can rent it for events.
Prussian government building - Koblenz sights
Another government palace from the time of the Prussians stands on the Rhine: the government building. It was once the seat of the Prussian government for the Koblenz administrative district and the main tax office. Even today the building is used for administrative purposes.
River cruises - Koblenz sights in the area
A Flußkreuzfahrtschiff after the other lies on the bank, the passengers of which, however, are currently exploring the city. Only a few sit on the decks of the river boats and enjoy lunch while the gondolas of the cable car cross the Rhine to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress above their heads. From above you have a good view of the Moselle confluence with the Rhine.
However, we return to the garden of the St. Castor Basilica and enjoy the view of the Romanesque church from a different perspective. The church building rises monumentally above the flower beds in the park and creates a contrast with its massive walls to the spring flowers that bloom here. (Map)
By the way: drive from here too Boat trips for day trippers along the Middle Rhine with its many castles from. If you are a pleasure lover, you can learn more about such a tour.
One of the castles that you pass on a boat trip through the Middle Rhine Valley is Stolzenfels Castle. The castle can be reached by boat from Koblenz in thirty minutes. The castle goes back to a customs castle, which the Archbishop of Trier Arnold von Isenburg had built in 1244. Troops from France destroyed the castle in 1689 and it slowly fell into disrepair. It was only when the city of Koblenz handed over the ruins to Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV in 1823 that they got their appearance as we see them today. The palace was built according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. In 1845 the castle and its landscaped gardens were finished.
Burg Ehrenbreitstein - one of the Koblenz attractions
With the cable car you can cross the Rhine from Koblenz and go to Ehrenbreitstein Castle on the ridge on the other bank of the Rhine. The view from one of the panorama cabins is fantastic. Our photo shows the cable car from the banks of the Rhine in Koblenz. From above you can see the Rhine, the city of Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which leads to the UNESCO world heritage counts. On the trip you also have a view of the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. (Map)
Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Koblenz is a city that, along with its rivers, has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. It is a tourist magnet with more than 2 million visitors a year. If you come here during the week, you can enjoy this place in peace.
That must be in the for the visit to Koblenz Case
You should also know this for a visit to the Deutsches Eck:
Mid-March - mid-November: Fortress tours in the Contregard left (daily and hourly, 10.00 clock - 17.00 clock
Landesmuseum Koblenz: Tägl. 9.30 - 17.00 clock
Chairlift: Easter to the end of May and Sept. - Oct. 10.00 - 17.00 pm
June to Sept. 09.00 to 17.50 pm
Practical: Koblenz attractions map
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Source: Research on site at the Koblenz sights with the friendly support (overnight stay) by HRS, but the opinion is our own.
Text Koblenz Sightseeing Tour: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline