Koblenz is a midsized city with a continental vibe and many beautiful churches and palaces and has cable cars. It is surrounded by hills and rivers, situated just South of Bonn and Cologne, Northeast of Luxembourg. It is a beautiful city and popular tourist destination, founded by the Romans. Koblenz is famous because it lies on the confluence of the two big rivers Rhine and Mosel. Deutsches Eck (“German Corner”) is the promontory where they flow together. Here is a huge monument of Willliam I, that was destroyed during World War II, but a copy was placed on the site 1993. It is a monument to the unification of Germany. It has great views and a popular tourist site. The city center is really beautiful with many old buildings intact. Because of the mild climate, palm trees can be found along the riverfront.
Cable cars go from the riverfront, 890m in length and 112m high, near the city center to the Erhenbreitstein Fortress, situated on a 188m high hill with the same name on the opposite side of the Rhine, overlooking two rivers and the city. The fortress was destroyed by the French, but rebuilt again in 1828. The cable cars are very modern and very visible.
Kurfürstlisches Schloss (Electoral Palace) is a majestic white baroque/neo-classicist palace that faces the river. It was built as the very large residence of the Diocese of Trier, but today it is now used as the offices of the federal government and is a UNESCO site. On the other side is a park, Schlossvorplatz, and the city center. Right next is Reichensbergplatz where you find the palace that houses the Oberlandesgericht Koblenz (Higher Regional Court) and Preußisches Regierungsgebäude (the Prussian Government Building), a very beautiful, large and gothic structure, that is also facing the Rhine. Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer is the promenade facing the Rhine and Peter-Altmerier-Ufer is the promenade facing the Mosel.
There are lots of beautiful lanes, fountains, squares, sculptures and churches in Altstadt (Old Town). Münzplatz is the most central square, where you find some funny human statues, and Am Plan, another square where you find beautiful baroque buildings. Koblenz is a city of many churches. Altes Kaufhaus (Old Trading House) is a beautiful building facing both the Mosel River and the square Florinsmarkt on the Old Town side. At Jesuitenplatz you find Rathaus Koblenz (the Town Hall). Görresplatz is a big square with a high sculpture/boat fountain.
Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a landmark catholic church in the Old Town, with Romanesque towers. Florinskriche is a another church. Basilica of St. Castor with its twin towers is the oldest church in Koblenz. Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Jesus Heart Church) is a gothic church in the West part. Christuskirche is a church with one tower.
Romanticum (a multimedia museum about the Rhine district with an atrium from 2013) and Forum Mittelrhein (a large shopping mall with 60 stores) are two ultra modern buildings at Zentralplatz, that remind a bit of modern Japan, with partly green façade and trees. Above the main station, Hauptbahnhof, lies Fort Konstantin.
Stolzenfels Castle is a impressive palace and former castle on the left banks of Rhine, just outside Koblenz.
There are not many highrises in Koblenz. The tallest structure, Fernmeldeturm Kühkopf, is situated on a hill in the outskirts.
Koblenz is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and one of my absolute favourites. I made a halfday stop in Koblenz on the trip from Luxembourg to Cologne-Bonn Airport. Koblenz was part of my 9 euro railway trip within Germany. Something to consider is that there are two main stations in Koblenz, Koblenz-Mitte and Koblenz Hauptbahnhof.
BACK TO TOP