Rhine and Moselle
The rivers are the sights of Koblenz that shape the city. Koblenz is located at the mouth of the Mosel in 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 head for the attractions in Koblenz leave in front of the front door. We leave our car in the parking garage of 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.
Old town of Koblenz
Basilica of St. Castor - one of the Koblenz old town sights
Towering above us are the spiers of the Basilica of St. Castor, 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 house of worship. They agreed on the Treaty of Verdun (843), which led to the division of the Frankish Empire. We are accordingly impressed by the wall reliefs, the holy pictures, the pulpit and the holy sculptures inside the basilica.
Through lattice gates we look at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, which is surrounded by a park. Behind it we can already see the ships sailing on the Moselle in the direction of the Europa Bridge. The river carries more water than normal, because part of the river bank that extends to Deutsches Eck is under water. A walker doesn't let that stop him and takes his dachshund for a walk. He happily plunges into the water – protected by his master's leash, which prevents him from being swept away.
What can you do in Koblenz?
Koblenz Activities - A coffee break is a must at these Koblenz sights
As we watch the current of the Moselle flowing towards the Rhine, cyclists keep overtaking us. They use the promenade for a trip on their bike. We let ourselves be infected by the excursion drive. We get a cappuccino with strawberry cake and enjoy the view of the hustle and bustle on the banks of the Moselle from the Königsbach beer garden at the Deutsches Eck.
Koblenz German corner parking
Equestrian statue at the Deutsches Eck - one of the Koblenz sights
Freshly strengthened, we continue walking and are impressed by the landing stages that seem to be waiting for the ropes of the Rhine ships. However, I believe they are for decoration rather than purpose, so richly decorated are they. Above the mouth of the Moselle rises an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, who sits so powerfully on his horse that one thinks he is about to set off into battle. Not quite my taste. I'm always suspicious of such heroes' memorials, so we quickly follow the banks of the Rhine, which stretches south from here.
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.
Do you like to travel by motorhome?
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection here booking options. Rent a motorhome or a camper near you here. Or would you prefer to stay overnight in a roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in a camping tent is possible.
- Check our packing list for campersto see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- For example, near Koblenz is the Gülser Moselbogen campsite, Am Gülser Moselbogen 20, 56072 Koblenz. But there are other campsites near Koblenz. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven or on the portable grill or maybe on that Campfire after a day trip .
- Practical accessories for the mobile home you can also find here.
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Sights in Koblenz and the surrounding area
Excursions from Koblenz
Not only the old town of Koblenz offers sights that are worthwhile. There are also things to do in the area around Koblenz that are worthwhile. Don't just take your time for the old town of Koblenz. We recommend:
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 St. Castor's Basilica and once again enjoy the sight 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.
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.
Stolzenfels Castle – one of the insider tips on the Rhine
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.
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 suitcase
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: On-site research during the Koblenz Sightseeing Tour with support (overnight stay) by HRS, but the opinion is our own.
Text Koblenz Sightseeing Tour: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline