Koblenz
Germany
By Lauren Kmec

Koblenz is situated in the western half of Germany on both banks of the Rhine River at its meeting point with the Moselle River. In fact, this is where the city’s name originated: Koblenz was derived from the Latin word “confluentes,” meaning “(at the) merging of rivers.” With its many street festivals and outdoor concerts and its all-around jovial atmosphere, Koblenz is an ideal vacation spot for travelers of all ages.
 
Let WhatsCheaper.com help in planning your trip to Koblenz. The most direct option is to fly into Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), one of the few airports that operate 24 hours per day. The Cologne Bonn airport is located just over an hour’s drive from the heart of Koblenz. Another possibility is to arrive via Frankfurt Airport (FRA), a major European hub that is only slightly farther away. Booking your flight is a snap when you book with WhatsCheaper.com; simply follow this link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also help you find a place to stay during your vacation. Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to view our best hotel selections.
 
Germany is known for its ancient castles, and Koblenz is no exception. WhatsCheaper.com recommends touring the Stolzenfels Castle, which is in the southern end of Koblenz. This enchanting castle was constructed in the 13th century by the Archbishop of Trier; it’s original purpose was to levy the tolls for travel across the Rhine. Stolzenfels Castle was destroyed by the French in 1689 and rebuilt by the King of Prussia between 1836 and 1842, when it was opened to the public for the first time. Today, the castle is open for guided tours; highlights include the knight’s hall and the residential chambers. Stolzenfels Castle is only accessible on foot, so it can be slightly tricky to get here, but the journey is well worth the reward.
 
The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is another must-see destination in Koblenz. Built in its present design by the Prussian army between 1817 and 1828, the Ehrenbreitstin Fortress is one of the biggest preserved military fortresses in all of Europe. Its origins can be traced back to the 1st century A.D., but an archaeological excavation on the site discovered evidence of a settlement dating back to pre-Christian times. Some of the dig sites are open to visitors. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress features the State Museum of Koblenz, an impressive memorial to German soldiers killed in the line of duty, and Fort Asterstein, which was used to protect Koblenz for ~100 years. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to ascend to the top of the fortress, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and dine on traditional German cuisine at the fortress restaurant.
 
To experience the natural beauty of Koblenz, WhatsCheaper.com suggests exploring the Rhine Gardens, a 3.5-kilometer expanse on the left bank of the Rhine River. This space is actually composed of two separate gardens: the Empress Augusta Gardens, commissioned by the wife of Emperor Wilhelm I, and the Konrad Adenauer Bank. Visit the observatory, stroll along the riverbank promenade, or simply relax in this oasis of green. Some nearby sites to visit before or after your time in the Rhine Gardens are the Electoral Palace, the Empress Augusta Memorial, and the Rhine Crane/Water Gauge House.
 
One of Koblenz’s truly unique treasures is the Weindorf, aka the “Wine Village of Koblenz.” The Weindorf is a reconstruction of a traditional German wine-growing village built in 1925 for the German Wine Exhibition. Today, visitors can sample the wines grown on site, enjoy regional culinary specialties, and watch traditional musical and dance performances. In this same vein, WhatsCheaper.com also recommends paying a visit to the Deinhard House, an old wine trading house founded in 1794. The Deinhard House began producing its own wines in 1843, and it is most famous for its sparkling wines. Tour the wine cellar to sample the offerings and learn about the wine-making process. The Deinhard House has a connecting door to the adjacent Stadttheater, and patrons often convene here during intermission, or before or after performances.
 
With its alluring history and culture, it’s easy to see why Koblenz is loved by everyone who sets foot in this place. Book your trip to Koblenz today with WhatsCheaper.com and get ready for a one-of-a-kind vacation.

MUST SEE IN Koblenz LIST:

  • 1. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • 2. Schmetterlings Garden
  • 3. Bundesgartenschau Koblenz
  • 4. Scholss Stolzenfels
  • 5. Ludwig Museum
  • 6. Mosel Radweg
  • 7. Mittelrhein Museum
  • 8. Basilika Sankt Kastor
  • 9. Rhein Museum
  • 10. Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung

Koblenz EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Koblenz International Guitar Festival - June
  • 2. International Juggler and Arts Festival - July
  • 3. Rhine in Flames - August
  • 4. Mendelssohn Festival - September
  • 5. Koblenz Wine Festival - September
  • 6. Koblenz Zapfkultur - October

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