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    The castle of Cochem, Reichsburg

    by Twan Written Oct 11, 2012

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    The city is best known as a tourist town dominated by the mountain castle. The castle Reichsburg was in the 12th to 13th century and served as guard over the town and the Moselle against attacks. Napoleon had also moved into when he was at war with the German countries in 1801. The castle was built in 1868 by the Berlin Kommerzienrat Ravene restored and used as a summer residence. She is now owned by the city.
    The Cochemer court is internationally known for the Cochem model.

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    COCHEM CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    The 1000AD Cochem castle, overlook's the Mosel River and the Township of Cochem. It looks impressive sitting up there on the highest piece of land around, 330 feet above the River Mosel!
    The castle, like other Knight's Castle's, was built for defense, but it also housed the Count's of the Palatinate along the Rhine who were related to the German Emperors.
    The Castle has quite a history of murder, battle's involving power, manslaughter and marriages of convenience.

    Guided Tour's in Winter 2012....9th Jan - 17th Feb
    every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.00, 12.00 & 1pm.
    18th Feb - 9th March guided tours: as above

    Guided castle tours...Approx 40 minute's
    Adults.....5 euro.... Children 6 - 17 years 3 euros

    There is a Shuttle Bus to the Castle....2.50 euros.

    http://www.burg-cochem.de/english/shuttle_bus.htm

    Sorry about photo quality, was looking directly into the sun!

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    MOSEL PROMENADE

    by balhannah Written Jan 12, 2012

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    Mosel Promenade @ Cochem
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    The Promenade at Cochem is a really beautiful area of this Town. A nice lawned area and flower garden's line the river's edge, and along the edge of the pathway, are plenty of garden seat's for sitting and enjoying the River views. There were plenty of Tree's for shade, and a really good view of the Cochem Castle.
    The street which run's parellel with the Promenade, has plenty of Hotel's and parking, this is where we parked.
    I hope you have time to enjoy this pleasant area of Cochem!

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    TRAIN STATION

    by balhannah Written Jan 11, 2012

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    Cochem Train Station

    No, we didn't go to the Train Station to catch a Train, we went there to see the historical building!

    If you do want to catch the train, it travels mostly along the left bank of the river Mosel.

    The train-station of Cochem is in the east-end of the town, less than 500 meters from the center.

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    ENDERTTOR

    by balhannah Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    The Enderttor is one of three surviving city gates in Cochem . The gate was built in 1332 as the northern entry point of the city wall, and it was here passenger's waited for their Stage Coach to take them to Cologne & Frankfurt. It was once used as a prison.
    I really liked this Gate, with the attached Gate keeper's house.

    As with lot's of German historical place's, they often have a Legend, and so has this "Gate.".......

    Cochem was under attack by Knight Von Sickingen! The City Gate's were closed, and so far, the Town's folk had succeeded in keeping the enemy at bay, but how much longer could they hold on, and what could they do?
    Cochem is well known for Wine, so they brought all the available empty wine barrels into the courtyard of the Enderttor Gate, and when the attacker set off the gate, they rolled the empty Barrel's towards the enemy, injuring many soldiers along the way!
    When the enemy realized that all the barrels were empty, they withdrew, well, what was the point of taking a Town with no Wine & no Food!

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    MOSEL - WEIN - EXPRESS - TRAIN

    by balhannah Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    It was good to see one of the little Tourist Train's operated in Cochem, we find most of the time, these are a good, cheap informative tour around the Town.
    They are not the best for taking photo's from, but for my husband, it is often the only way he can see the Town's.

    The Train was the first thing we noticed, it was waiting for customer's at the old Moselle bridge at the Carl Fritz Nicolay place where the artist relief's are located.
    The tour takes you through the old town, past the Enderttor, to the train station, a viewpoint looking over Cochem and Castle, along the promenade, vineyards and back.
    Just look for the Train in my photo!

    Best to check the website for all you will see, and the full route.

    PRICES.....Adults 5 euros Children 2.80 euros Buy direct from Driver.
    DEPARTURES....10 - 5.30PM

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    Reichsburg Castle

    by Elena77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Reichsburg castle towers on a mighty rock, 100 metres above the town of Cochem. The castle has been built around the year 1000 by Count Palatine Ezzo and has 1st been mentioned in a document in 1051. 100 years later the castle was occupied by the troops of King Konrad III and thus became an imperial castle of the Staufer dynasty. In 1294, King Adolf of Nassau pawned the castle and the city of Cochem as well as the surrounding imperial property of about 50 villages to Archbishop Boemund I of Trier in order to pay for his coronation as German Emperor. But neither Adolf nor his successor, King Albrecht I of Austria could redeem the pledge. For this reason the archbishops of Trier kept Cochem as a hereditary fiefdom until 1794.
    In 1689, during the War of Succession of the Palatinat the castle (and the town) got almost completely destroyed by the troops of the French "Sun King" Louis XIV. Reichsburg afterwards remained ruined for almost 200 years until, in 1868, the influential businessman Louis Ravené bought the ruin (for 300 German Gold Marks) to convert it into a Summer residence for his family. At this time the castle got restored and partly rebuilt in the Neo-Gothic style.

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    Reichsburg Castle Interior

    by Elena77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many impressive things to see inside Cochem Castle such as the Knights' Hall, the Weapon Room, the Hunting Room, medieval lady's rooms, etc. The castle is well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, weapons, armours, crockery and all kinds of beautiful decoration, including mural paintings.
    Guided tours are held between March - November, daily between 09:00 am and 05:00 pm (taking around 40 minutes). The guided tours are usually carried out in German. Free translation sheets are available in 12 languages. For groups, guided tours can be carried out in English, French and Dutch. Tours can also be arranged between November and February. For children (aged between 4 and 10) there are special tours which need to be booked in advance.

    Admission charges:
    Adults: EUR 4,50
    Children (6-17 years) EUR 2,50
    Family Ticket (Parents with 2 children min. aged below 18 years) EUR 12,50

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    Visit the Reichsburg (castle)

    by ATLC Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The castle can be seen from afar, being set on a high hill that overlooks the area and making it near impossible for any enemy to come near unseen. The history of this castle goes back 1000 year. You can read more about that on the castle website.

    I'll put all the tips for my visit to the castle in the Local Customs section.
    Enjoy!

    Admission fee: 4,50 euro adults, 2,50 euro children (2007)
    There's a special ghost tour for 4-10 year olds, to be booked in advance.

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    a precious ceiling and great chandelier

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    a precious ceiling and great chandelier

    The beautifully decorated ceiling and the great chandelier gives that small room in the castle a special atmosphere. Of course the chandelier was first lighted by candles only and became electrified much later.
    Most of the rooms inside the castle may be rented for your special festivities - just take a look at the link below !
    There will also be special events like Gourmet Festivals, a Burgfest and special events at Christmas-time inside the castle.

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    Driving through the lovely Mosel Valley

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Driving through the lovely Mosel Valley


    Okay, I got a amazingly cheap flight to Hahn, which is located not far from the Mosel-Valley. Hmmmm.... but how to get around there for not too much money..... So we started to surf around for a good deal on a rental car and we found a great one! We used 'Sixti Car Hire' where you can hire a car (a 'Smart') as cheap as 5 euro a day! You have to read the fine print though, as there are quite a few things you have to pay attention to. But this can be a very cheap option if you don't need the car for a long distance and travel off-season. You can read more details about this care hire in my transportation tips.

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    River Cruise

    by lifeisatrip Written Jul 14, 2008

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    There are several river cruises offered. There's the one-hour, one and a half-hour, two-hour long cruises. The one-hour cruise took us a little south of Cochem, turned around and went north to Ernst. It did not stop anywhere. It just turned around and sailed back to Cochem. It was not the most informative boat ride, but sufficient. The limited narration was in Deutsch.

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    cochem village

    by doug48 Written Jun 8, 2008

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    moselprominade

    located on the mosel cochem has a wonderful collection of half timbered buildings. cochem is a small village and can be seen in an hour or so. you can walk down the moselprominade with a great view of the mosel and the reichsburg. cochem is a tourist town so there are numerous, hotels, restaurants, and shops. a great place to stop when traveling along the mosel.

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    reichsburg (castle)

    by doug48 Written Jun 8, 2008

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    the reichsburg is cochem's main tourist attraction. on a hill over looking the town it is a must see spot in cochem. the castle is over 1,000 years old but much of the original castle was destroyed by the french in 1688. in 1868 the castle ruins were bought by louis ravehe, a wealthy berlin business man and was restored as a summer home. the castle is open to the public by guided tour only. the tour takes about an hour. the tour is worth while in that the castle has a beautiful collection of furniture and art.

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    Alte Torschänke

    by ATLC Written Sep 18, 2007

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    Cochem, Alte Torsch��nke
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    The old gate-guesthouse is from 1625 and considered to be the most important woodwork houses in the city. It was spared the fire that destroyed most of the city in 1689.
    These days it seems it isn't fire that endangers the buildings. Although flooding happened through all centuries, it was in the 20th century the brought the highest floods. You can see that on the side of the building. 1993 was the highest (photo 3).

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