Am Reilsbach 26, Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, 56812, Germany
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Reichsburg Brunnen, Cochem, Germany 2010
Travel Tips for Cochem
The castle tour 4: Room for the ladies
Although this room is noted for its gothic ceiling, I forgot to make a photo of it!
That was because I was charmed with the fireplace, decorated with Delf Blue tiles (photo 1). The central stage in this room is taken by a table with wonderful wood/ivory inlay. This room is where the ladies would spend their time. Sitting in the alcove (photo 2) and enjoy the view outside high above the Mosel river.
Address: Schlossstr 36, 56812 Cochem
Directions: Take a shuttle bus from the parking lot near the train station or do the steep climb (about 15 minutes) on foot. If by car: drive west along the Mosel, then turn right into Schlossstrasse. But beware: only about 20 places for parking!
In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system Germany uses: 230 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)
An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical travel adapter kit usually contains about five adapters which are capable of dealing with most of the outlets shown here. Adapters often manage this versatility by bypassing the ground/earth wire.
Beware: an adapter by itself will not change the electrical voltage. You must be sure that your appliance can handle different voltages (either automatically or through a voltage switch). If it can't, you will need a voltage converter.
Enter the Reichsburg Cochem
This is the entrance-gate to the 1st court of the Reichsburg Cochem. The way the castle looks today is mainly a few historic remains and what was added and reconstructed by Louis Ravene, a rich merchant from Berlin, who bought the castle-ruins in 1868 for 300 Gold-Mark and used it as a summer-residence for about 75 years.
Also the giant mosaik of Saint Christophorus was added by Louis Ravene.
This first gate may be entered freely during the day and from there you have the great view on the valley and may get to the souvenir-shop and restaurant of the castle.
Phew, climbing up that hill doesn't go easy! The first time I climbed it was about 15 years ago, hahaha, and I still remembered that hike up the hill very well. And yep, it didn't disappoint me!!! It was still as steep as the first time, lol.
But don't worry! Almost up to the top of the hill, with the castle in view, there is a little bench. Hahaha, the perfect spot to rest a bit, feel pity for yourself, hahaha, and pose for the camera like you are being sooooo exhausted, lol :-))
St. Martin on Market square
On the Marktplatz / Market square of Cochem you may see this nice sculpture of Saint Martin on top of a fountain. At Eastertime this fountain will be decorated with girlandes and lots of colorful eggs.
On that Marketsquare you will also see lots of interesting halftimbered houses.
Almost all of the shops will be open even on a sunday.