This memorial to the victims of Nazi terror was set up on Reichensperger Platz, near the theater, after years of campaigning by a local citizens' group.
It was dedicated on August 23, 2001, in the presence of several Holocaust survivors from Jewish families who formerly lived in Koblenz.
Deutsches Eck, the German Corner, is the place where the Rhine River and the Mosel River meet. At this point there is a massive statue honoring Emperor Wilhelm I, who fought for German union in several wars, riding a horse. The original statue was put up in 1897, but was damaged in 1945, taken down, and not replaced again until 1993. There are stairs all around the statue, as well as the German flag and the flags of all 16 German states. It’s interesting to look out at where the two rivers meet; you can actually see the difference in the water from them. There are stairs that allow you to go up into the base of the statue as well.
The spur between the rivers of the Rhine and the Mosel is called the Deutsches Eck [ German corner]. A statue of Emperor Wilhelm I stands here. It was erected in 1897 and designed by Bruno Schmitz. During world war II it was destroyed and replaced with a copy in 1993.
The church of St. Castor is a lovely building and I believe that it actually is one of the oldest buildings in Koblenz. The basilica with ist 3 naves was re-consecrated at the beginning of the 13th century. Inside the building you can view the tombs of the Princes Elector Kuno von Falkenstein (died 1388) and Werner von Königstein (died 1418). ,
When you are at the Mosel promenade, you will find this lovely little castle. Alte Burg was apparantly built on the foundations of a round tower dating back to the times of the Roman empire. During the late 13th century the original structure was extended by order of Archbishop Heinrich II von Finstingen. A moated castle was built which became part of the city fortifications. During WWII it suffered minor damages however between 1960 – 1962 the castle has been renovated and today it’s one of the main landmarks of Koblenz again.
Deutsches Eck (German corner I think is the correct translation) was one of the first things we spotted from the boat as we approached Koblenz and was getting ready to dock. This is a historical place. It is also where the river Mosel flows into the river Rhine
I am sure that when it is not raining it must be a lovely walk along the banks of both rivers, where I spotted plenty of restaurants, cafes and benches to relax.
koblenz is a great place to take a cruise on the mosel river. a very nice cruise is to trier. you will pass numerous castles, beautiful medieval villages, and wineries. the hills on each side of the mosel are covered with vineyards. there are a number of cruise operators based in koblenz.
The Deutsches Ecke (German Corner) is located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. There is a huge statue of Emporer William I riding his horse. There is also a good view of the Ehrenbreitstein fortress high above the ecke on the opposite bank. There are several Rhine tours that can be taken from here.
When you're at St. Florin's square and you're visiting (or passing) the Mittelrhein Museum, do have a closer look at the museum's facade. The Gothic style building originally was a merchant's house and later was used as a place of assemblies and festivities. The early 15th century building is one of the most beautiful old town houses of Koblenz. And its tower houses a real particularity: a relief showing a man's face with his eyes moving in accordance with the clock right above. The clockwork makes the eyes roll each second and at hourly intervals the relief will stick its tongue out. ; )
There's a legend about the origin of the eye roller relief that says that it depicts a 16th century robber baron called Johann Lutter von Cobern who did mischief in this area and therefore was beheaded at the market square of Koblenz in 1536. Shortly before his execution he predicted prosperty to the town if only the councilmen decided to raise a momument for him.
The date of the 1st putting up of the eye roller relief is uncertain but it's safe to say that a mask similar to the present one has already been gracing the assembly hall in 17th century.
Kastorbrunnen at the forecourt of St. Kastor's basilica is a rather quaint testimony of the French Revolutionary Wars and the eventful history of the town. As an effect of the above mentioned war Koblenz was the capital of the French Département "Rhin et Moselle". And the town's prefect, Jules Doazan, decided to built a monument commemorating Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. Paradoxically enough the monument was built BEFORE the campaign commenced and in retrospect it proved very much precipitate! Napoleon's troops suffered a disastrous defeat in Russia. And after the decisive Battle of the Nations near Leipzig in 1813 Russian troops took over the former French territories, including Koblenz. The new city commandant of Koblenz happened to be French-born but on Russian duty and he proved a wry sense of humour as he "completed" the monument's original inscription. Now at Kastorbrunnen you can read:
""A Napoleon le Grand"" "An MDCCCXII Memorable par la Campagne contre les Russes sous la Prefecture de Jules Doazan"
(To Napoleon the Great - an 1812 monument commemorating the campaign against the Russians under the prefecture of Jules Doazan)
"Vu et approuvé par nous Commandant Russe de la Ville de Coblentz/ le 1er janvier 1814"
(Seen and approved by us, the Russian commandant of the city of Coblentz/ 1st of January 1814)
Deutsches Eck (German Corner) lies on a spit of land at the point where the Mosel flows into the Rhein. The name originates from the Knights of the Teutonic Order (Deutscher Orden) who settled and established their 1st centre here in 1216. Following banking-up of the promontory at the end of the 19th century, a monument to Emperor Wilhelm I was built here, commemorating the victory of 1871. The construction took from 1883 to 1897. The project was proposed a few weeks after the Emperor's death and a call for donations brought in 80,000 Mark from the Republic. It was Emperor Wilhelm II who decided on the final location of the monument; the parliament of the provinces had originally chosen the Drachenfels rock overlooking Königswinter. A total of 6 million gold Mark was spent on the project. Overall the monument was 37 metres high, the 14 metres equestrian statue of the Emperor was cast from 35,000 kg of copper ingots. The Emperor's gaze faced down rive, the horse's tail towards the arch-enemy: France. ;) After standing here for 48 years the monument was destroyed in World War II, on March 16 1945. Horse and rider tipped over to the right to hang head-down from the base of the monument. Then the statue simply disappeared, creating a great sensation! Until today no-one knows who was behind this "kidnapping", or why and how they did it!! The monument was initially redesigned without the statue by mounting the coats of arms of Germany's federal states along the semicircular South Wall. But in 1987 a Koblenz publisher made an impressive offer: he said he would finance a copy of the original statue and give it to the city of Koblenz as a present. And on September 2nd 1993, Europe's biggest floating crane lifted the faithful 61.5-ton bronze copy of the equestrian statue of Emperor Wilhelm I onto its restored pedestal.
Koblenz is a good place to start Rhine river cruise. There are a lot castels between Koblenz and Bingen. The whole trip on a DB cruise, will start 9am at Koblenz to 3:30pm at Bingen without getting off in the middle. then if you stay over Koblenz, you can either take train back or take boat back for extra few dollars (buy a return ticket for about 28 eruo). I took boat back, got a chance to take some night shots of castels, but did spend most of the day on boat.
The town of Cochem is located southeast of Koblenz along the Mosel River. It has a great castle overlooking the town.
Cochem has a beautiful pedestrian shopping area along the river. This maze of streets is covered in wineries, cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and other odd shops for tourists and locals. I have stopped in Cochem a few times for lunch and coffee in one of the second-floor cafes that overlooks the walking area and the river.
On the way you can stop at beautiful Burg Eltz castle.
Prince Elector Clemens Wenzeslaus of Saxony (1739−1812) was the ruler of this area for a quarter century at least. He was also the Archbishop of Trier and the Bishop of Augsburg, which in those days was no contradiction. In 1786 he officially set up Residence in Koblenz, where he commissioned this public theater the same year. The obelisk in front of the theater, with his name on it, commemorates the inauguration of a new fountain in 1791.
Clemens Wenzeslaus seems to have been quite the enlightened ruler. One indication of this is that he commissioned the theater not only for himself and his courtiers, but for the general public as well. The Latin inscription on the theater reads: "Musis Moribus Et Publicae Laetitiae", which means roughly: "To the muses, morals and public amusement."
Second photo: People gathering outside the theater on Deinhardplatz. The first opera I saw in this theater was a very lively production of Ariadne auf Naxos, by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), done by young singers and actors with lots of energy and enthusiasm.
Third photo: The theater, flanked by the Deinhard sparkling wine company and the Hotel Trierer Hof.
Fourth photo: The theater box office, which is around the corner on Clemensstraße. (The street was named after the Prince Elector, of course.)
Fifth photo: Stage entrance on Clemensstraße, with bicycles.
Right next door to the City Theater on Deinhardplatz is the head office of the Deinhard Wine Company, one of the leading producers of the German sparkling wine known as Sekt.
The company was founded here in Koblenz by Johann Friedrich Deinhard on May 1, 1794, just six months before the French revolutionary army took control of Koblenz and vicinity.
A few years earlier, Prince Elector Clemens Wenzeslaus had set about reforming the wine-growing industry. He ordered the destruction of the inferior grapes that had been grown up to that time, and had them replaced by "good grapes" such as Riesling und Elbling, thus creating the basis for the Moselle and Rhine wines we know today.
The eventual downfall of Clemens Wenzeslaus had to do with the fact that his sister had married into the French royal family, making him the uncle of three French kings. After the French Revolution many French aristocrats took refuge in Koblenz, where the revolutionary army later caught up with them and sent Clemens Wenzeslaus into exile.
The Deinhard people now offer tours of their "cellar-museum" at various unpredictable times which are listed at their front door (but not on their website). The cost of a one-hour tour including one glass of sparkling wine is 5.00 Euros per person. A longer tour including a small sparkling wine tasting costs 7.00 Euros per person and lasts about an hour and a half.
The word "Damenwahl" on their advertising banner means "ladies' choice". This is a word which is used at dances, for instance, when the ladies get to choose their partners for the next dance.
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