The Rhine in general and the area of Koblenz in particular is one of the beauties Germany has to offer. In 2011 Koblenz was hosting the Bundesgartenschau which is a large exhibition about gardening and landscaping architecture. Every second year or so another German city is elected to host this event which always attract some millions of visitors, both from Germany and abroad. And the good thing about this: after the end of the Bundesgartenschau most of the investmens made will stay in place. So no wonder that there is such a tough competition amongst German cities as everyone knows that being a host not only gets you in the headlines of the news, but will also have a positive effect on the infrastructure of your city.
Expect some pictures from last year soon about the Bundesgartenschau 2011 and the beauty of River Rhine!
The city of Cochem is certainly one of the have-to’s for every sound river Mosel-trip. Actually quite a small town, but with a picturesque city-center. And on top of a hill Cochem castle (which is actually a romantic 19th century retro-building) welcomes visitors from all over the world and is a popular spot for wedding’s. Here are some pictures:
Cochem with it's famous castle on top.
Cochem castle - main entrance from inside
City of Cochem / Mosel
So do not miss to visit Cochem at river Mosel once you are around. It is located on half way between Koblenz and Trier and easy to reach by train.
How is the global economic crisis affecting German tourism? Or tourism in Europe in general? With beginning of July the French gouvernment introduced a new law which has a tourist-dimension: VAT-tax for restaurants has been decreased substantially. From the norm of 19,6 percent to now only 5,5 percent.
There is no such measure in Germany on the agenda at the moment, but the struggeling hotel- and restaurant-business is trying to attract foreign visitors attractive travel-packages which offer more value.
Another trend is that more and more German tourists spend their holiday inside their own country. So in fact the traditional tourist destinations such as Italy and Spain and also Greece are learning a bitter lessons in theses times, teaching them how addicted their economies are from a constant inflow of foreign tourists, i.e. visitors from mostly Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
Have you ever visited the romantic Rhine valley? The area south of Koblenz is called with this catchy name. One reason for that was the moment when the “Mittelrheintal” (cenhtral Rhine valley) became UNESCO world heritage, and the local authorities try to make use of this very welcome award.
For a variety of historical reasone, the density of castles and palaces is extremly high in the romantic Rhine valley, some say it would top any other region in all over Europe. And it is difficult to find a place where there is no such historical building to see.
This picture shows the Rhine valley south of Koblenz. Koblenz is a city of litte more than 100.000 inhabitants where the river Mosel flows into river Rhine. At this very point is a monument called the “Deutsches Eck” (frankly translated: German corner) which is the main tourist attraction of the city.
Rhine valley near Koblenz
This pictures gives you a good understanding of what the area is like from southern Mainz to Germany’s former capital of Bonn. The part south of Koblenz is for some kilometers called the “romantic Mittelrheintal” and as such a part of the UNESCO-heritage.
River Rhine (or Rhein in German, Rhin in French, Rijn in Dutch) is one of the most important rivers in Europe. Historically it is the basis of the Franconian Empire which followed the Roman empire to become the leading power of Europe. Out of the Franconian Empire, two nations emerged: France and Germany. Ever since River Rhine has been more or less the border between this two nations, and often enough wars were fought about who is to control River Rhins and thus Europe.
River Rhine has a length of 1320 kilometer which equals 820 miles.
River Rhine Map
Rhine Mosel is a River area in Western Germany. Though there are not to many resources about this beautiful landscape on the web I thought I could be useful to start with a blog about this two popular tourist destinations.
River Rhine (in German: Rhein) and river Mosel (also written: Moselle) have a long history of tourism. OK, maybe the Roman empire did not invade this area for such purposes: However, at the time of the Romanticism in the early 19.th century, more and more British “invaded” the area, but in a friendly way. Mosel and Rhine stood for nature, wine, castles, mistery and so on. Very popular in these days, and still today!
So what can you expect here? First of all let me say, that I am always interested in content from friendly people who have something to tell the world about Rhine and Mosel. Just leave a comment, or if you are very enthusiastic, ask me about posting you article on this website. If you have pictures: great – the more the better.
Well, I think that is enough for my opening words. So I am looking forward to see you from time to time on Rhine-Mosel.com.