Some places announce themselves from a distance — Koblenz is one of them. Credit goes to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, set on a hill almost 400 feet above the city. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz dates to Roman times and offers a bonanza of historical sites: churches, castles, grand residences, and monuments in an array of architectural styles.
What We Love
Old Koblenz: Charm could be Koblenz’s middle name. That's especially true of the old town’s beautifully restored squares: Münzplatz, Jesuitenplatz, and Florinsmarkt, which is adjacent to St. Florin's Church and its distinctive twin steeples.
Wine Caves and Beer Gardens: You may be in Germany, but wine lovers get equal satisfaction here. Tastings, winery tours, and weinstubes (wine taverns) abound in the Moselle region known for excellent rieslings. Of course, you can also find great lagers and Pilsners at any one of the riverfront beer gardens.
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Deutsches Eck: Translated to “German Corner," it marks the spot where the Rhine and Moselle meet. On the site, you'll find a towering reproduction of a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I on horseback. Originally erected in 1891 by his grandson Kaiser Wilhelm II, the homage was destroyed during World War II before being recreated post-reunification.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress: The massive hilltop fortification has seen many incarnations over the centuries and is now celebrated for its sweeping views of the city and its two rivers. Take the cable car from Deutsches Eck for photo ops a go-go.
Stolzenfels Castle: The summer residence of the future Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, the medieval-style palace set above the left bank of the Rhine remains largely furnished like it was in 1823.
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History Channelers: Koblenz’ strategic location has welcomed a host of historic events, architectural styles, and lore from the Romans to the Prussians, both world wars and more.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Summer Temps Can Be Fickle: Daytime highs in July and August can range from 56 to 94 degrees; pack layers.
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.