Koblenz the beautiful corner

Called “Germany’s most beautiful corner” because it is majestically situated at the confluence of both the Rhine and Mosel rivers, and is surrounded by four mountain ranges, the town of Koblenz was established by the Romans over 2,000 years ago and still thrives even today.

Perhaps it’s the abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, or the cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, together with the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades which make Koblenz a friendly town where visitors feel right at home.

Even the city’s name celebrates its fortunate location as Koblenz comes from the Latin “confluentes” which refers to the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers.

Visitors on the trail of Koblenz’ past, find themselves caught up in the history of a town which over the centuries was captured by the Franks, chosen as a place of residence by German prince electors, conquered by the French and fortified by the Prussians. With a history like that it truly is a very European place.

To gain an appreciation as to why Koblenz is considered to be so strategically located just check out the view from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress high above the Rhine to look out across the river and down to “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) a controversial plot of land first settled by Teutonic Knights which slowly developed into a symbol of German nationalism. The monument that stands there today is a replica of one that was first built in the late 19th century of the German Emperor William I.  The fortress also houses a museum as well as the best youth hostel in town.

Today visitors from all over the world enjoy discovering the history and rich cultural heritage of this old town. While strolling through the town’s historic centre with its narrow lanes and romantic squares you may choose to go shopping, or just to have a break in one of the many sidewalk cafés.     

A quite amble reveals the some of the most revered monuments of the city which are three great houses of worship. These consist of the medieval Floriankirche a 12th century church near St Florin’s Market, the Liebfrauenkirche,  a 15th century church dedicated to Our Lady,  and the venerable St. Kastor which is the  site of the famous fountain commemorating Napoleon’s defeat in Russia.

Strolling from “Münzplatz (Old Mint Square) and “Jesuitenplatz” (Jesuits’ Square) will take you past historic monuments and beautifully restored historic house fronts as well as attractive shops inviting you to shopping in historic surroundings.

Nowhere in Old Koblenz is far from the banks of the Rhine or the Mosel. Here you can stroll leisurely along the rivers to enjoy watching the barges and boats as they pass by.

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