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    Kapuzinerberg

    by ATLC Written Sep 15, 2007

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    To the cloister
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    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.

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    Yeah, I really went up!

    by ATLC Written Sep 15, 2007

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    ATLC in the Cochem cablecar

    When you're almost at the top, a photographer will shout something at you. If you say 'yes' your picture will be taken and it will cost you € 7 which you pay in cash once you get out of the cablecar. Then you fill out an envelope with your address and two copies of the photo will be mailed to you.
    I got mine in the post today (errr, that's Sept. 2007, a week after I returned home).

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    Sesselbahn (cable carriage)

    by ATLC Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    A short walk outside Cochem (only about 300 metres from the center) you can find the Sesselbahn. For 5.80 euro (price 2007) you buy yourself a ticket to go up to Pinnerkreuz and back.

    Now the story of the Pinnerkreuz (5th photo in this tip): there was a sheperd Wendelinus Pinn who lost one sheep and then found and saved it on what is now called Pinnerberg. The cross there is a bit of a tourist trap when you see it up close. It's actually electric and gives light at night. However, the views are excellent over the city Cochem and the castle (Reichsburg). If the sun is shining it may be a good idea to go up late afternoon or maybe early in the morning because from Pinnerberg you'll have the sun shining right in your camera which doesn't make very good pictures!

    When you're nearly up, a photographer will take your photo with the castle in the background (photo 2 in this tip). You leave your name and address, pay 7 euro and the photo is sent to you in about a week. When I have it, I'll put it up of course!

    If you like you can hike down to the city again (in that case buy a one-way ticket for 4.30 euro. I e-mailed the Sesselbahn before I travelled there to ask how long it takes to hike down again but I received no reply unfortunately!

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    Reichsburg Guide

    by yatingchen Updated Sep 4, 2006
    Our guide (right)

    Reichsburg offers guide (first paying for ticket). She speaks German only, but you can inquire for instruction in English, French, Italian, Denish, Dutch etc. Fortunately the guide speaks German slowly and clearly so listening didn't make big problem for me.

    Reichsburg was in modern time (after the second World War) re-built so the most construction and furniture are not real antique, but still you can image the old time how people live in the huge castle.

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    Cochem Market

    by yatingchen Written Sep 2, 2006

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    Cochem Market

    On that day morning it's quite crowded. Tourists rushed into the small city.

    In Cochem there are many small shops. The most sell clothes, shoes and suveniours. In city center there are also several bars: dark inside with loud music, people talk and drink alchohol. It' interesting to see different bars.

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    Reichsburg

    by yatingchen Written Sep 2, 2006
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    Reichsburg is the symbol of Cochem.
    Its history in brief:

    1020 built up
    1689 destroyed by French army
    1871-79 new built up
    1934-1945 destroyed during the second world war
    It's now the heritage of Cochem government.

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    Stop in the Markt (Town Square)

    by hquittner Written Jun 19, 2006

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    The Markt looking East
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    Crowded and busy though it may be, the Markt should be examined. In it you will find the pretty St. Martin Fountain and at the East end the Baroque Town Hall (Rathaus) of 1739. Near the West end you can take the shuttle bus up to the Catle. If time permits walk back and see more of the town.

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    Walk the Town

    by hquittner Written Jun 19, 2006

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    The Endertor and attached Alte Thorschenke Hotel
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    Cochem is an in-your-face town, It puts cheap bargains out in front of stores,flea-market style. Restaurant outdoor tables are crowded wherever they can be served. The tourist office provides a minimal walking map. Aside from the wel restored Reichsburg (which we did not visit) there a few visual sights. Unless you are sitting at a table near the Promenade and looking over the parked cars at the Mosel, there are no town views. Among the tourist detritus and commerce are a few old buildings and a fine Markt.

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    Cochem Castle

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Feb 14, 2006

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    The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on a large hill. You will have to walk up, but it is worth it.
    After a guided tour you will take part in an authentic medieval feast. The Lord of the Manor will welcome you with a goblet of Moselle wine and make you familiar with medieval customs and table manners.
    Servants and maids in period costumes serve you lavishly and pass you water to wash yours hands so that you can eat with your fingers. Bread and lard make the rounds while a hot and spicy soup is steaming in the cookery pot. Huge drum sticks are served for the main course. Jesters in medieval outfits provide entertainment and authentic music. Old "torture instruments" are displayed, and the evening ends with the traditional knighting ceremony.
    The "medieval-style" dinner in Cochem Castle is a convivial event that takes about 4 hours. The price is EUR 39,- per person. Dinners usually take place on Fridays (7 p.m.) and Saturdays (6 p.m.) and are intended for groups between 60 and 100.

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    The streets of Cochem

    by Luchonda Written May 5, 2005

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    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.

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    Wine Tasting!!!

    by top_vapour Written Apr 12, 2005

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    Wine Tasting

    One of the best vineyards in Germany is situated an hours train ride from Koblenz. Rolf and Richard Haxel sell wines that are NOT exported to the UK! After wine tasting you can take a presentation packet of wine home (good present ideas) and try some of the wines. You need to be 16 to drink in germany ;)

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    A noble frog & a great view from the castle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 11, 2005

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    a lion disguised as a frog

    This giant frog on my picture seems to be watching the great view of the Mosel - valley and of course the castle is the perfect place for such a view.
    Some people say, that this is a lion with a head-armour, but I rather say it is a lion , disguising as a frog...
    I may highly recommend to get also inside the castle, where you may see plenty of great rooms furnished with ancient furniture and great works of art.
    You may get inside the castle ONLY by a guided tour !
    daily between 09.00a.m. and 05.00p.m.
    Photography is allowed even inside the castle !!
    The price for a tour is 4 Euros / children 6-17 years pay 2 Euros
    Students and groups of more than 12 people pay 3,50 Euros each

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    The marketsquare / Marktplatz in Cochem

    by globetrott Updated Apr 9, 2005

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    The marketsquare / Marktplatz in Cochem

    Take a closer look at the marketsquare / Marktplatz in Cochem with all its beautiful halftimbered houses. The church in the back looks interesting from outside, but when you get inside there is nothing special to see.
    On the left of my picture you may see a bit of the townhall of Cochem and the well of Saint Martin.
    From the marketsquare you may take one of the many paths up to the castle, but some of these paths are quite steep sometimes and paved with cobbled stones.

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    St. Martin on Market square

    by globetrott Written Apr 9, 2005

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    St. Martin on Market square

    On the Marktplatz / Market square of Cochem you may see this nice sculpture of Saint Martin on top of a fountain. At Eastertime this fountain will be decorated with girlandes and lots of colorful eggs.
    On that Marketsquare you will also see lots of interesting halftimbered houses.
    Almost all of the shops will be open even on a sunday.

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    great ornaments on the ceiling

    by globetrott Written Apr 9, 2005

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    great ornaments on the ceiling inside the castle

    Watch out for these great ornaments on the ceiling of a spiral staircase. You will get there quite at the end of the guided tour through the castle of Cochem.
    This castle was certainly built with a lot of effort by the architects, who tried to rebuilt the castle according to other great palaces of the area.
    Almost nothing was left, when Louis Ravene bought the ruins of the medieval castle and everything had to be built completely new.

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