Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cochem on the Mosel River


If you google "most charming villages in Germany" you will likely come upon a small town called Cochem on the Mosel River.  That's how I discovered it.  And since it is located relatively near Dusseldorf, where we arrived from the States, I made it our first overnight stop on our trip this summer.

What to see in Cochem?  Large castle?  Check.  Cute half-timbered houses?  Check.  Charming town square?  Check.  Romantic river-side strolling?  Check.  Plus steep wine vineyards all around and delicious Mosel wines to sample.

I can't believe we hiked up to the castle the same day we got off the plane after a 12 hour flight, but we did.  The walk is not strenuous and the views of the valley are lovely.  The guided tour of the castle is relatively brief and therefore inexpensive - we paid 14.50€ for a family ticket.

Construction of Cochem Castle is thought to have begun in the year 1000.
Views of the Mosel River valley from Cochem Castle.

The town square in Cochem is one of the prettiest I've ever seen.  This photo was taken from the second story window of the Rathaus (city hall):

Cochem town square.

Below the castle along the river is a colorful row of historic homes and buildings, making a stroll on either side of the river very scenic.  We walked several miles every evening on the beautifully landscaped paths and bridges.



2 comments:

  1. Wow, a most impressive and interesting posting today!

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  2. Cochem is one of my favorite places I've been to while living in Germany. Granted, that was about 15 years ago! But it was wonderful, because it's off the beaten path. It is also a great place to stay and take some daytrips: Burg Eltz is a short train ride away, and from the train station there is an amazing gentle hike up to the old castle. We also did a Moselfahrt (boat ride on the Mosel). My parents and I stayed there for a few nights, and our hotel was one of the best parts about it: Haus Schönblick. I thought it sounded a little to kitsch at first - it means Beautiful View. But the wonderful hotel lived up to its name completely!
    Hope that helps :) I'm now the mother of two boys, ages 6 and 3, and we are starting to explore Europe, too. I'm really inspired by your blog and will certainly be coming back!

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