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.
The river 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 investments 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-tos for every sound river Mosel-trip. Cochem is ctually quite a small town of less than 10.000 inhabitants, 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:
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.
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.
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.
Information about a popular German tourist destination