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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 30, 2013
    Two round pins system.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Germany is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Germany with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in Germany generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

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    The castle tour 1: entrance and falconry

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The 15 minute climb (groan!) takes you right round the castle hill before you can enter the gate (photo 1). The sign (photo 2) says that castle tours are between 9-17 hrs, and the restaurant is open between 9-18 hours (Sonnenterrasse means that there is an outside terrace though sun can't be guaranteed, lol).
    Directly behind the gate on your right are good clean toilets (photo 3).
    Now you can either walk straight on to the castle entrance or you can stay below and visit the falconry (photo 4). Photo 5 explains a bit more about the falconry.

    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!

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    The castle tour 2: St. Christoffel

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Once you have bought your tickets (which start about every 15 minutes), you wait until your time is called. The castle cannot be visited unguided, nor can you walk round alone.
    However, you are free to photograph everything inside the castle during the tour, which is really nice.

    The guide first asks for all nationalities of the group and you can get a tour explanation on paper in a huge number of languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc. The guide will speak German (photo 1). Once this has all been arranged, he explains in short the history of the castle (photo 1 again). He points out the huge image of the patron saint of travelers, Saint Christoffel on the tower (photo 2 and 3). When you walk on, you find that the hill top on which the castl stands is flat, and that within the walls there are also separate buildings (photo 4 and 5).

    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!

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    The castle tour 3: Grand dining room

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first room that you visit is the dining room in Renaissance style. There's a huge fireplace (photo 1), a long table and an enormous cabinet full of Dutch Delft blue dishes and plates (photo 2). The ceiling is wonderfully decorated with the double eagle, a symbol for Germany (photo 4). On entering the dining room I saw a typical Dutch clock just outside the door.
    There are 3 doors in this room. One of the doors has a surprise... but I won't spoil it for you by telling the guide's story and posting the photo! It has all to do with symmetry ...

    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!

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    The castle tour 4: Room for the ladies

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    The castle tour 5: the Roman room

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    In the Roman room, noted for its ceiling construction and wall covering, there is a little surprise. A secret door... beware that you're not left behind!

    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!

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    The castle tour 6: transit room and staircase

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    The castle tour 7: hunting room

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    The castle tour 8: the knights room

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

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    The castle tour 9: Louis Ravené

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Reichsburg was destroyed by the French in 1689, like many castles along the Mosel. This was to protect the French interests along the border of France, under the French king Louis XIV. Nearly 200 years later, in 1869, a citizen of Berlin, Louis Ravené, bought the castle and restored it in neo-gothic style. The interior was adapted to the living comfort of that time. Even toilets were installed! Since 1978 the city of Cochem has ownership of the castle.

    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!

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    The castle tour 10: The armory room

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the knights' hall you descend into the armory room (photo 3).
    The armory room contains a huge armor (photo 4) that is so tall, it is suspected to be a copy of an example because people were not so tall in those days.

    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!

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    The castle tour 11: the balcony

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The armory room opens up to the balcony that is high above the river Mosel (100 metres in fact). The guide made a joke here too but don't worry, you're absolutely safe :-)
    Photo 1 is the view from the balcony. Photo 2 is the balcony as seen when you walk back down.

    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!

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    The castle tour 12: modern use of an old castle

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As said before, the castle is now owned by the city of Cochem (since 1978). It is used for all sorts of functions and you can see that a party there would be absolutely wonderful.
    I suppose you'll have to contact the castle (see website) for information. Probably won't be cheap though!

    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!

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    The castle tour 13: inner court

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The castle has about 50 rooms of which you'll have seen 7 once you come out again. It is very expensive to maintain the castle and especially the grounds. The castle is built on rock and the stone deteriorates and falls apart. There is supportive concrete that alone cost about 1.5 million euro.
    Looking around it isn't much of an inner court really, because most of it is open. You can discover your route through the castle. Photo 1, the ivy coloured wall behind which is the dining room. Behind the windows of photo 4 is the room with the mermaid lamp.

    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!

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    The castle tour 14: the well

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The castle well yields water from 50 metres deep. It is rainwater that comes through the rock to the Mosel. If it were to be ground water, the well would have to be dug 50 metres deeper!

    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!

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