Cochem Travel Guide

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Cochem Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful, romantic, good shops, excellent restaurants 

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     Tourists !!! 

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     It's worth a visit but not a mandatory stop along your Germany trek 

Cochem Things to Do

  • The castle of Cochem, Reichsburg

    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...

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  • COCHEM CASTLE

    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...

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  • MOSEL PROMENADE

    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...

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  • 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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  • MOSAIC'S

    On the bridge near the Tourist Information Office is a mosaic depicting the family tree of the town of Cochem. Well done and interesting, worth a look at!

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  • ENDERTTOR

    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...

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  • MOSEL - WEIN - EXPRESS - TRAIN

    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...

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  • Reichsburg Castle

    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...

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  • Reichsburg Castle Interior

    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 -...

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Cochem Restaurants

  • Quick lunch

    Quick lunch: a beer (Bitburger) and an apfelschorle (mix of mineral water and apple juice). A well filled sandwich and a Mosel-Toast (ham and peach on toast with melted cheese). A tomatosoup with whipped cream and a goulash soup.All quick and quite delicious. We paid about 18 euro for 2 persons. When I went to the toilet I found inside the most...

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  • on the mosel

    the restaurant weinstube is a good german restaurant on the moselpromanade. local german fare with an excellent mosel wine selection. good beer selection as well.

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  • Reichsburg Cafe

    Coffeehouse right next to Reichsburg with beautiful view. Mimi: CappuccinoTingli: LatteMimi ate an unknown cake, very tasty.Mine is apple pie, very sour.

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Cochem Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Take the Mosel-Wein-Express

    In Cochem it might be a good idea to take the tour with the small street-train, shown on my picture: The Mosel-Wein-Express.The tours will start on a regular basis on the big square next to the Mosel-bridge in the very centre of Cochem.The ride takes 25 minutes and is 4 Euros - that price includes a coupon for a glass of Mosel-wine, that you may...

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  • Car hire

    I hired a car at Hahn Airport with '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.There are some extra costs...

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Cochem Shopping

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  • Vines

    Oh well, I did notice that you can buy vines to try and grow grapes at home. I saw them outside some shop in various places. Here two kinds of vines. Around 6 euro per plant

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  • Nothing much of interest

    I did not buy anything in the city of Cochem. The streets were quaint but so full with tourists and shops stalling out their stuff. Of course many wine shops and other local craft but also cheapish clothes shops. In short, nothing to my liking. So we simply made our way to other streets for some sightseeing.

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  • Black, red, yellow stuffs

    What the shop catches my eyes is various "German" products. Well, I mean stuffs have German National flag colors as design: black, red and yellow. You can find flags, key chains, card chains, socks, caps, rubber bands, sport protection bands etc. It's good choice for gifts lookers.

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Cochem Local Customs

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    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...

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  • The castle tour 1: entrance and falconry

    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...

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  • The castle tour 2: St. Christoffel

    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...

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Cochem Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Steep climb up to the castle

    If you want to visit the castle, you can take a bus from the parking lot at the station. There is very very little parking space near the castle itself. Only for 20 cars or so. That means that you best walk. Or rather: climb. There's a good footpath up to the castle, but it can be a very demanding 15 minutes if you have an average condition.

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Cochem Tourist Traps

  • Getting the right pictures

    When you are in Cochem around midday to early afternoon, it might be difficult to make good photo's of the castle (Reichsburg) because of the sun being directly behind it. This also goes for the cablecar (Sesselbahn). Make your photo's early morning or later in the afternoon.Here 2 photo's that didn't turn out that well although the view (from...

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  • One big Tourist Trap

    For those that know England think a cross between Clovelly and Ambleside. Cochem centre is snowed under with cheap handbag shops, china knick- knacks, racks of bargain clothes and sugary ice cream parlours. The toilets are scruffy and not very clean and cost 30 cents to use. There are lots of school parties trailing through clutching clip boards...

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Cochem What to Pack

  • A map of Cochem

    You can find a simplified map of Cochem here. When I went to the toilet at some coffeehouse on Marktplatze, I found a stand with more detailed maps of Cochem in various languages. That was VERY useful, because it mentioned all the highlights.

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  • Climate in Cochem

    There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 - 16°C ( 45 - 60°F ); min: 1 - 7°C ( 34 - 45°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 19 - 21°C ( 66 - 70°F ); min: 9 - 11°C ( 49 - 51°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 - 17°C ( 43 - 62°F); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 - 49°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 - 3°C ( 36 - 38°F); min: -1 - 0°C ( 30 - 32°F )

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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Cochem Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk towards the castle

    Here are some images of what you see while you walk to the castle. Or rather: climb to the castle.When you start the climb, you hopefully look up and discover that it doesn't look far away (photo 1). It doesn't, does it? But it'll take you another 15 minutes (heave heave!) to reach there. Then you come across a chapel called Rochuskapelle (photo...

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  • Mosel promenade

    Like any other town along the Mosel, the streets along the Mosel are full of hotels and restaurants. In Cochem the houses have very nice colours too.

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  • The Kapuziner stairs

    We climbed to Kapuzinerberg (see Things to do Tips) from Endertstrasse and we came down the Kapuzinertreppe (stairs) on the other side. The sun was shining and you could feel the warmth of the stones. Halfway a man was busy with a broom. He commented that autumn was early this year. Many leaves had already fallen. We wished each other 'Schönen...

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Cochem Favorites

  • Tourist office

    Endertplatz 1 D-56812 Cochem / MoselTelefon: (+49) (0)2671 – 6004-0 Telefax: (+49) (0)2671 – 6004-44 E-Mail: info@ferienland-cochem.de

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  • Kirner Pils.

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils.The...

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  • Wild Pig

    The pig on wall when was alive is 200kgs weight. Wild pigs are still common in German countryside. Drivers have to be always careful or their cars and pigs the both destroyed. To look for food wild pigs come to human living area in winter frequently. They eat trash as well.

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Visit the Reichsburg (castle)
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a precious ceiling and great chandelier
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Driving through the lovely Mosel Valley
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The castle tour 3: Grand dining room
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The castle tour 4: Room for the ladies
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The castle tour 5: the Roman room
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The castle tour 6: transit room and staircase
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The castle tour 7: hunting room
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The castle tour 8: the knights room
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The castle tour 9: Louis Ravené
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The castle tour 10: The armory room
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The castle tour 11: the balcony
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The castle tour 12: modern use of an old castle
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The castle tour 13: inner court
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The castle tour 14: the well
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The castle tour 15: the witch's tower
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The castle tour 16: end of tour
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Mittelalterliches Burgfest
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Have your wedding at Cochem castle !
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Eating and drinking like the old knights
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Cochemer Burgweihnacht / Xmas at the castle
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River Cruise
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cochem village
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reichsburg (castle)
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castle bus
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Little tourist train
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Train taxi
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Alte Torschänke
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Parking
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Where are you anyway?
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Bicycle hire
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Kapuzinerberg
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Marktplatz
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Route to the castle on foot
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Kapuzinerberg
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Yeah, I really went up!
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Sesselbahn (cable carriage)
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Cochem Castle
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Reichsburg Guide
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