The castle tour 7: hunting room
Hunting trophies of animals from the region Eifel and Hunsrück (photo 1). There's a 70's (yes, 1970s!) feeling to this room. In the 1970s it was fashion to have windows with these round glass bits.
But in the 16th/17th century it was also fashionable to use the bottoms of glass bottles (Butzenscheiben) to decorate the windows along with stained windows (see photo 2, the yellow round glass circles). The tin pots (photo 2) contained the daily ration of wine that was assigned to everyone. Per monk 5 litres per day, per nun only 3 litre! Mind, alcohol percentage of wine was much lower in those days, about 5%.
Photo 3 shows the intricate lock on one of the doors in this room. Note that the iron work is made so that you can always find the actual lock in the dark (no electricity then!). Simply run your key along the line of iron and it drops automatically into the lock.
There was a little room next to the hunting room where I found this charming lamp carrier hanging from the ceiling (photo 4).
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!
Very busy little streets and also the Marktplatz was crowded with people. Nice houses all around, very uninteresting shops though. The fountain is of 1767 and in my Mosel guide I read that the Marktplatz is the first address to go to. But really, I thought it was so busy I was out of there in a flash!
The streets of Cochem
Cochem is a very small town, near Koblenz, in the western part of Germany.
Strolling around in this romantic town is so relaxing - visiting the "Reichsburg" and the vinyards a must - having a nice bite in one of the many small restaurants culinary highlight.
View over Cochem
While I was waiting for the guided tour to start, it was nice just to hang lazy over the castle walls and enjoy the views over the river Mosel. You have a nice view over the city of Cochem from here, and of course on the river Mosel. In the old days they didn't only enjoy the view from here, they also made money of the river.
In the first half of the 14th century, archbishop Balduin of Trier installed a chain below the castle to form a removable toll barrier across the river. Seems like he was a clever business man ;-)
Drinking in the 'hunting room'
In the 'hunting room' you can see what you expect to see in a room like that: weapons and hunting trophies. But besides that you can also take a look at these wine mugs. Mr. Ravene loved to sit here and have a drink, and that's why you can see them on display in this room.
These are antique mugs, and the big ones were used by the monks, and the smaller ones were for the nuns. These mugs were the daily 'rations' for wine for the monks and nuns, hahaha, but that wasn't just ONE of these mugs, but THREE!