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Cochem Castle, Germany

Cochem Castle

Bringing History To Life

The town of Cochem in the Rhineland-Palatinate has around 5,000 inhabitants and as such is the second smallest of districts in Germany. First settled in Celtic and then the Roman era, Cochem became the Imperial estate of King Adolf of Nassau in 1294. Originally built on the orders of Count Ezzo, Cochem castle was designed to be a defensive structure and at one time was home to over 40,000 knights.

Overlooking The River Moselle

Cochem Castle was attacked and burned to the ground in 1688 and it remained derelict until a Berlin business man, Mr Louis Ravene reconstructed it in the neo-Gothic style that was so popular in 1868. At a height of 100 metres on a hill overlooking the River Moselle, the castle looks very imposing.



Tours Around The Castle

Tours can be taken and you can be involved in many activities when you pay a visit to this amazing castle. There is a special ghost tour which allows you to enter rooms that are not normally on the schedule and there is a landscape tour taking you through the beautiful gardens which are dominated by trees, flowers and hidden secret paths.

The nightwatchman tour is conducted by a guide who will tell you some of the more unusual and interesting stories about the castle. One legend involves a servant who overheard a group of men planning an attack on the castle. Rushing to tell the master of the castle, he prevented the assault and the armed men were taken on and taken out by the knights.

As they celebrated with food and wine, the knights decided to keep up the tradition and continued to celebrate every week on Knipp Monday. If you decide to pay a visit to the castle you can join in this celebration. After being greeted by the Lord of The Manor with a cup of local Moselle wine, you can enjoy a feast of extravagance that lasts for over four hours.

The Imperial castle at Cochem is a gem. There are walks along the River Moselle which winds up to Bremme and at the back of the castle is a lime tree that has stood for over 550 years. Cochem Castle gives you a delightful look back into history and it is a monument that can be enjoyed by all who visit.

Where To Stay Near Cochem Castle

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Moselapart

A five star modern penthouse apartment, the Moselapart, sits on the banks of the River Moselle. It has two bedrooms and a living area with all the amenities you could want. These include a flat screen TV and an iPod docking centre.

Located just 500 metres from the famous chair lift to the castle, the Moselapart also has free Wi-Fi and a view of the harbour and vineyards.

Springiersbacher Hof

The beauty of the Springiersbacher Hof and its stunning location will take your breath away. Set in an historic monastery and featuring elegant apartments that have all modern conveniences, the Springiersbacher Hof also offers guests a modern solarium and sauna so that you can relax after a a day out at Cochem Castle which is 5.15 kilometres away.

A daily breakfast and wines that can be ordered from the hotel vineyard make this a unique place to stay whilst taking in the grandeur of the castle.

Moselstern Hotel Brixiade & Triton

A hotel next to the river with stunning views of the Reichsburg Castle and the old town make the Moselstern an excellent choice of accommodation for guests who are intending to see around Cochem Castle.

Just 390 metres from the castle, the Moselstern Hotel Brixiade & Triton is four star rated, has a fitness room and solarium/spa and the restaurant serves up delicious regional dishes accompanied by superb wines. The piano bar provides the ultimate in relaxation and there is also a beer garden for when the sun is shining.

Travelling To Cochem Castle

By Air

The closest airport to Cochem Castle is Frankfurt Hahn which is 25 kilometres away. Cologne/Bonn is 90 kilometres from the castle and Frankfurt main airport is 110 kilometres away.

By Train

Take the bus from Frankfurt Hahn terminal 2 to Trier Hbf then train RE 4113 to Koblenz Hbf. The station is 1.3 kilometres from the castle. Journey time is around 2 hours 45 minutes.

By Road

Take the L193 until you reach the turn for B421 then L98 and K42 to B49 which is marked for Zollstafe in Cochem. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes.



Attractions Close To Cochem Castle

Exploring The Town

The market square at Cochem is a must see place. The St Martin’s fountain and the Baroque Town hall, which dates from 1739, are very interesting. You can get some bargains at the market where the shops sell almost everything including souvenirs and gifts. Just nearby there are plenty of restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine. Sit outside and do some people watching while you eat.

The Mustard Mill

The old mustard mill at Senfmühle dates from 1810 and it is one of the oldest mustard mills in Germany. In fact, it is the only one left in Europe. Gourmet mustards are mixed by a master who uses the oldest recipes to produce delightful mustards of all flavours.

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