Hotel Lohspeicher & Restaurant L'Auberge Du Vin
Obergasse 1 - Am Marktplatz, Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, 56812, Germany
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View of Cochem from the castle
Travel Tips for Cochem
The castle tour 6: transit room and staircase
Reason that I did not make more photos in the Roman room is that I was already charmed by the next room (I'm no good at following guided tours, I tend to wander off...). The lamp on the ceiling is a mermaid (Mesuline) who in the Middle Ages was supposed to ward off evil.
Through this room there was a tower with very nice staircase. We descended this to the next room.
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!
Walk over the Mosel-bridge
Take a walk over the Mosel-bridge and you will get the best view of the castle and the town of Cochem. That bridge is also a perfect place to watch the cruiseships and cargoships passing by.
Bridges over the river Mosel / Moselle are quite rare and so you have to make up your mind about the road you like to take, otherwise you loose a lot of time, searching for one of the very few carferries, most of them may take a few cars only and you might loose a lot of time that way...
Escaping the hordes of people around Marktplatze, we climbed up the Kapuzinerberg to the old cloister buildings. It is now a cultural center (unfortunately closed) but it is still a cloister. WIthin the area there was a well maintained cemetary and an old people's home, run by nuns. I must say, I don't know if I would like to be in an old people's home that faces a cemetary! From one point here there is a great view of the castle, if you manage to get there early-ish in the morning or late afternoon. At midday, the sun is directly behind the castle and making a proper photo is almost impossible.
It has been quite a climb up, but it isn't a coincidence that you have to climb up so much to see this castle. Cochem castle is the type of castle that is protected by height from its enemies. But the castle has nothing to fear these days from enemies, but more from the very location that is situated on. Erosion of the rock and cracks in it now seem to be its biggest enemy.
Yet another window!??
Within the castle walls you can see many building / attachements to the original castle building. Like this one for instance that I spotted while looking outside yet ANOTHER window. Hahaha, I guess I spend a lot of time looking at and out of those castle windows! :-))) But heee.... what do you expect? it was a nice sunny day! ;-)))