24 hours in Koblenz: The Romantic Rhine and its tributary, the Moselle


The alarm goes off early. It is off to Koblenz for the day, and there is lots to explore. But there is no need to rush through this relaxed city on the water. Pack up your things and head off for a varied voyage of discovery through the green of Koblenz. Make sure you have a good pair of shoes with you, as the short distances mean the best way to explore all the attractions is on foot. The Koblenz Tourist Information Office can help you find all the provisions you need. The ‘WeinStadtWandern’ package is perfect for a city tour with plenty of breaks for refreshments.

Connecting Koblenz

Talking of which, how about a first pit stop against a spectacular backdrop? At the Deutsches Eck, where Father Rhine meets Mother Moselle. The city even derives its name from the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle, from ‘Castellum apud Confluentes’ (Latin for ‘the castle on the confluence’), which, over time, has become the current name Koblenz. The Deutsches Eck is also home to the famous monument to Kaiser Wilhelm, a popular meeting point for young and old alike. In the late 19th century, a harbour of refuge at what was then the mouth of the Moselle was filled in to make space for it, thus creating the Deutsches Eck in its current form.

The best way to admire it in all its glory is from higher up, by taking the cable car and enjoying the spectacular panoramic views from the glass cars. Opened in 2010, the Koblenz cable car connects the old town to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the gateway to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site on the other side of the Rhine.

View of the Deutsches Eck at sunset, Koblenz

View of the Deutsches Eck at sunset, Koblenz

Cultural Koblenz

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress towers 118 metres above the Rhine and offers all sorts of cultural treats. The fortress was built in around the year 1000 by Konradiner Ehrenbert, who named the fortress after himself. Over time, the name ‘Ehrenbertstein’ eventually became ‘Ehrenbreitstein’. The second largest fortress in Europe is now home to four exhibition spaces forming part of the Landesmuseum Koblenz, plus a wide range of foodie treats and excellent cultural events. A glass of wine in hand, you can enjoy wonderful views over Koblenz from the viewing platform. Afterwards, make sure you take the time for a walk through the huge fortress gardens to make space for the next refreshment break, this time in the old town of Koblenz.

View of the fortress and the Ehrenbreitstein town district, Koblenz

At the foot of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress lies the eponymous district with its vineyards, Koblenz

Strolling through the Jesuitenplatz in the old town, Koblenz

Strolling through the Jesuitenplatz in the old town, Koblenz

The route leads through little winding alleys to picture-postcard courtyards and inviting gardens. As evening sets in, things start to liven up again. For example, you could explore 1870s Koblenz with a guided tour with one of 10 nightwatchmen. If you would rather find out more about the city’s history during the daytime and test your knowledge of wine in both theory and practice, you can enjoy the new ‘WeinSpaziert’ wine tour.

Twenty-four hours in Koblenz is 24 hours full of German history, culture and nature!


At a glance: 24 hours in Koblenz

  • Old town
  • Deutsches Eck
  • Koblenz cable car
  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Stolzenfels Castle
  • Gardens at the Prince-Elector’s Palace and Empress Augusta Gardens
  • Forum Confluentes
Enjoying wine at Deutsches Eck, Koblenz

Enjoying wine at Deutsches Eck, Koblenz

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