Castles around Koblenz, Koblenz
Kurfurstliches Schloss, I wonder which is the front and which is the back, both side's look as good as each other!
Well, we looked at what I call the front of the Schloss, then went around the back to where the Schloss overlook's the River. What a nice view!
Here, the garden is set out differently. The front garden, was planted with all the "hot" colour's, and the back garden was planted with cooler colour's of Pink, Lavendar, Blue, Cream and Lemon's, more soothing and very nice!
There were Fountain's and statue's, from here, the river views were great. More of a Parterre, formal type garden.
Kurfurstliches Schloss was built between 1777 & 1786 in the style of French Neo-classicism.
In the years from 1850 till 1857 the office was held by the Prussian military governor, Prince Wilhelm, later known as Emperor Wilhelm I, whose memorial stands at the German Corner.
He resided in the Electoral Palace together with his wife Augusta.
The Empress Augusta had the garden's for this Palace professionally landscaped, today, these are known as the "Gardens of Empress Augusta."
We happened to visit when the Flower Show was being held, and these garden's were a "picture!"
The colour's of the Flower's blended into each other, and it really was beautiful. Modern seat's were situated around the garden, amongst the flower's so you could have your photo taken.
The Palace has had many uses. In 1815, it was used as a military hospital, and then after being in the possession of Prussia, it was used as barrack's.
Kurfurstliches Schloss [electoral palace] in 1944 was almost completely destroyed except for exterior walls, but in the years 1950-51 it was rebuilt in its original design.
The palace building consists of a rectangular main building (Corps de logis), which is parallel to the bank of the Rhine, and has two semicircular circular wings, which frame the large palace forecourt.
Today the castle is home to several federal agencies.
This large -- and beautiful -- castle sits on a small hilltop above the town of Cochem and the Mosel River. It is a nice 20-minute hike from the river ... just keep going up! This ancient castle was built around 1000 AD, but it was destroyed by the French (as so many castles unfortunately were!).
This was one of my first German castles ever visited and is still one of my favorite due to the quaint village and beautiful views over the river and of the local vineyards.
About half the distance from Koblenz to Mainz, on the right side (the side that I drove), there is the little town of Oberwesel and the 12th century Schonburg Castle.
The castle itself it's an good shape but it's not accesible. You can climb to it and tour the outdoor areas. There is though a restaurant inside one wing of the castle.
Oberwesel has the most complete and best preserved medieval town fortifications in the Middle Rhine area. The town itself is situated on the site of an old Celtic settlement (400 BC) and a Roman military service point. The city wall is the most complete still standing in the area, with its 18 towers.
Counts of Katzenelnbogen had built more than one castle, but this bares their name - Katzenelnbogen Castle, Katz for short, erecter on the other side of the Rhine in 1371. It was built on this place to made it possible to detect and give early warning of ships coming round the Loreley, thus defending the little town of Hausen.
Strong fortified walls conected the 40 meters high keep on both sides with the living quarters, the fivesides Palas, across the protective steep hillside. The thick outer walls of the Palas as well as a slightly lower triangular bastion in front of it additionally fortified the castle, which was very likely impregnable before the arrival of firearms.
From Koblenz, take a scenic drive along the Rhien (north or south) to see some beautiful wine country and many great castles.