Some more fountains
I came across this interesting fountain near the Bahnhof Stadtmitte. It reminded me a lot of the Puppenbrunnen In Aachen. There are various figures including a dancing couple and a woman smoking a pipe. From what I can determine, these are intended to be scenes from the lives of local winegrowers, and in the centre of the fountain, the source of the water, is a grapevine.
Another eye-catching fountain can be seen right in the heart of the old town, on Entenpfuhl between Am Plan and the Jesuitenplatz (photos four and five). This is the Entenbrunnen or Duck Fountain, dating from 1979, the work of local artist Edith Peres Lethmate who also designed a number of other sculptures for the city and the Trinity above the altar of the Jesuitenkirche. This playful fountain consists of a pool with a little bronze girl flapping her skirt to chase the ducks out of the water. As mentioned in my Am Plan tip, I have no idea if there is a specific link between ducks and Koblenz, but they seem to like them here. I assume that in this case the name of the street (which means duck pond) came first and inspired the design of the fountain.
Next tip: the Deutsches EckRelated to:
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Do you ever get the feeling that someone is staring at you? If you follow Firmungstrasse from the Jesuitenplatz towards the Rhine you may just get that sensation. But it won’t be a curious local or fellow tourist. Look up at the buildings on your right and above the shop called Leonardo is a wonderful example of Jugenstil (or Art Deco). This is the face of Hygea, the Greek goddess of health, from whose name we get the word hygiene. Her presence here is explained by the fact that this building was formerly a chemist’s shop.
This road by the way, and its extension Rheinstrasse, follow the line of an ancient Roman road that led to the bridge over the Rhine. With the still-existing Löhrstrasse (west of Am Plan) they formed the city’s main crossroads or Cardo Decumanus.
Next tip: the nearby GörresplatzRelated to:
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Although I unfortunately didn’t get round to visiting the Ludwig Museum of modern art (mostly French I believe), I did get a chance to enjoy the pretty gardens that surround it and the Basilica of St Castor, the Blumenhof. The museum itself is in the Deutschherrenhaus which dates from 1250 and was once part of the complex of religious buildings on this site belonging to the Knights of the Teutonic Order. In front of it is a hint of its present day purpose as modern art museum – a giant thumb, the work of the sculptor César (photos four and five).
The gardens themselves have lots of pretty corners and interesting, photogenic details. Partly walled, they have an air of secrecy even though in plain view, as though you have stumbled across one of the city’s hidden treasures. In one part the remains of an ancient wall blend effectively into a modern glass structure. There are fountains and prettily planted flower beds, and other pieces of sculpture dotted around. Worth taking some time out to see, and maybe relax here for a while as a break from all that sightseeing.
Next tip: catching the cable car to EhrenbreitsteinAdd to your Trip Planner
As the sun sets in the west......
Yes, as the sun sets in the west, we must say goodbye to Koblenz. I was so fortunate to be staying at the Hotel Rheinkrone because in addition to everything else that made it so memorable, the sunset as seen from the top of that hill was an extra added bonus.Related to:
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The Pegelhaus, and what a busy Restaurant it was!
The Pegelhaus was originally a Rhine Crane, built in an octangal shape between 1609 & 1611 and used for loading and unloading ships and as a Water Gauge house.
With the expansion of the Moselle wharf, the crane house continued to lose importance.
Next to the entrance to the present day restaurant, the highest water levels during the different centuries can be seen. You can see this in my photo. The blue gauge clock is on the left.Related to:
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KOBLENZ FLOWER SHOW
Koblenz holds Flower Show's every year. We happened to be there for the Bundesgartenschau 2011 (BUGA Koblenz 2011), the 2011 Federal Horticultural Show.
The whole of Koblenz was in flower, a very lovely sight.
The Show covered three site's from the Electoral Palace to the Blumenhof courtyard between the old town and Deutsches Eck, and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. All the area's were going to be left as permanent features after the 2011 Flower show.
We bought a Day Ticket which in 2011 was 20 euros to enter all the exhibition's.
It was well worth seeing, infact, it was a beautiful sight! We were there early, before it got too busy, I suggest the same if you wish to see next year's show.Related to:
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Alte Burg (Old Castle)
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.Add to your Trip Planner
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.Related to:
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Side trip along the Mosel to Cochem
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.Add to your Trip Planner
Sekt in the city
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.Related to:
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Alte Burg (Old Castle)
This Old Castle, on the Moselle River at the edge of the Old Town, was originally built in the thirteenth century by someone called Heinrich von Finstingen, who at the time ruled this area in his capacity as Prince Elector of Trier.
The building now houses the City Archives.Related to:
Boat ride on the Mosel
If you are on the Eurail pass, you can get on the K-D line from Koblenz to Cochem on the Mosel river for free. There is only one boat per day from Koblenz - at 0945, and it takes five hours to get to Cochem (only an hour by train tho), but it is a nice ride. Nice views along the river, and with the right company, time will fly by. You will see cute towns, churches, and ruins along the way. You'll pass a few locks, wineries, mountains. The boat also has a return trip back to Koblenze in the evening, but we took the train back since we had to go back to Holland that night.Related to:
Ferry across the Rhein
This is the little ferryboat we took to get to Ehrenbreitstein. It didn't cost much, just a few cents I think and it only takes a couple of minutes to get to the landing stage on the opposite bank (where the red train is in the photo). The fort is on the top left of the photo.Add to your Trip Planner
The Ludwig Museum
Standing in front of the St. Castor's church, look to the left of the entrance and you will see an archway--pass under it and into the courtyard where you see this white builing in the photo. This white building is now the Ludwig Museum, housing mainly French Art. However, the building itself is actually the only building still remaining from the so-called "Order of German knights", that established themselves here in the 12th century. This order actually gave the name to the spot where the 2 rivers, the Rhine and Mosel, converge. That spot is known as the Deutsches Eck (German Corner).
In the courtyard where you see this building you will also see a bronze thumb sticking up out of the ground...nothing more than modern art. Local Koblenzers often don't like it and are afraid that the whole hand is going to pop out of the ground.
To the right of this thumb is a beautiful rose garden, next to the church. It is a real nice spot to walk around for a few minutes, especially on a nice summer day, and there are benches where you can stop and sit for a breather.Add to your Trip Planner
We passed the city library which I am not sure one can use as a tourist, but definately if you plan on living here for some time.Add to your Trip Planner
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