The appeal of Koblenz lies mainly in its unique geography. This town is where the two mighty rivers, Rhine and Mosel, meet. Koblenz straddles both banks of these two rivers, and is the perfect base for exploring the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Upper Middle Rhine Valley. From ancient architecture to cutting-edge cable cars, captivating river views to sparkling wines, here are the most enjoyable sights and experiences in Koblenz.
Deutsches Eck (German Corner) is a bow-shaped platform, marking the point of confluence of River Mosel and River Rhine. A massive statue of Emperor Wilhelm I adorns the Deutsches Eck. This spot offers great views of the river, bridges, cruise ships and the town, and provides a lovely background for your holiday photos.
The 13th century Lahneck Castle, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Koblenz, is worth a stop for castle enthusiasts. This romantic medieval fortress up on a hill looks down at the point of confluence of River Lahn and River Rhine. The castle offers guided public tours through its rooms and courtyards. From here, visitors get to enjoy beautiful views of the river valley as well.
A visit to Koblenz is never complete without a stop at the famous Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. This 19th century structure sits at a height of 118 meters (387 feet) on the bank of the River Rhine. It promises an exciting walk through the maze of corridors and high walls, punctuated with remnants of battlements. Do check out the archaeological and historic artifacts at the State Museum of Koblenz housed in the fortress. From the fortress, you also get to feast your eyes on magnificent views of the river valley.
Koblenz Seilbahn (cable car) is a great way of enjoying the gorgeous panorama over the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. It whisks visitors off to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from the base station near the Deutsches Eck. This state-of-the-art cable car is 890 meters (2,920 feet) long and traverses over the river at an altitude of 112 meters (367 feet).
Koblenz is an unbeatable spot for embarking on scenic cruises across the rivers Rhine and Mosel. Boats from Koblenz go southwards all the way to Mainz and northwards till Cologne, both routes offering views of a series of hilltop castles, romantic vineyards and the chance to hop off at any stop to explore picture-perfect towns.
DB Museum takes train lovers on a nostalgic walk through the times of steam locomotives and wagons, and also displays more modern vehicles. Most of the exhibits are in an open-air section, while the indoor section educates visitors about the history, technology, and evolution of trains through photographs, documents, models, and artifacts.
The sprawling complex of Koblenz Electoral Palace, with its beautiful landscaped gardens, is a classic example of early French neoclassical architecture, and served as the residence of the last Archbishop and Elector of Trier, Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony in the 18th century, and that of the Prussian crown prince later. Visitors can stroll the beautiful parkland of the palace next to the River Rhine.
Koblenz has been a significant region for wine production since the Roman times, and today it is home to almost half a million vines along the rivers Rhine and Mosel. Several traditional wine growers in Koblenz offer tours to visitors, while countless wine bars and taverns tempt visitors with a range of delicious wines produced locally. During harvest season, the region gears up for cheerful wine festivals.
Stolzenfels Castle just outside Koblenz sits pretty on a hill covered in dense vegetation on the bank of the River Rhine. This gorgeous castle, with strong fortifications built in the 13th century, is considered a classic example of Prussian Rhine Romanticism. It provides a great backdrop for your photos while cruising the Rhine. Moreover, touring its grand interiors is sure to be a great experience.
Stretching from the Electoral Palace to the island of Oberwerth, the 3.5 kilometer (two-mile) long walkway is a wanderer’s dream. Standout spots along the way include the Pfaffendorf Bridge, the Rhein-Mosel-Halle convention center and beautiful manicured gardens. The 19th-century Gardens of Empress Augusta (Kaiserin-Augusta-Anlagen), with colorful flowerbeds, towering trees, and sculptures, is the highlight of this route.