The castle tour 8: the knights room
On entering the largest room of the castle, we feel a bit impressed but of course the Water Music of Händel that accompanies our entry does help that awe along.
You will find fine paintings here from the school of Titian and a copy of Rubens' painting the kidnapping of the Sabine Virgins. The fireplace (5th photo) has two lions on either side with closed helmets. They look like frogs :-)
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!
The chapel of Holy Rochus
When you walk up to the castle of Cochem from the west of the village,(This path is a lot more comfortable and the biggest part of it is asphalted) you will pass by the chapel of Holy Rochus.
A first chapel was built at this place in 1422. The small chapel that you see there today was built in 1680 as a donation by count Dietrich-Adolf von Metternich auf Winneburg und Beilstein.
There is nothing special to see inside and the chapel will be locked all day normally.
Wine rations - Part One
At one time every resident of the castle was permitted to drink a great deal of wine per day. Sorry, forgot how many liters it was... It was a lot though! The tankards pictured here are what they typically drank the wine from.
A frog or not a frog, that's the question
I think everyone that sees this statue will think this looks like a frog. I for one could swear it was a frog. But apparently this statue is not a frog, but a lion dressed in armour. Hahaha, I still thing that it is a frog. Or maybe Donald Duck, lol :-))
Pratical chair ;-))
Maybe not so useful these days, but it sure was in the old days! Imagine you wearing an armour and wanting to sit down. Well, this three-legged chair would be perfect solution for you!
The knights could sit on this chair like they sit on their horses. With the 'backside' of the chair not in their back, but in front of them. That was double practical when you had some beers to drink. Hahaha, after having had to much you could just drop forward and hang over the 'frontside' of the chair and fall asleep. The three legged chair is very stable, so no worries to fall over at all! :-))