A May 2002 trip
to Koblenz by Eve Carr
Quote: Visiting Koblenz was like having a delicious appetizer and a glass of fine wine, but no main meal. I dined well here, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, but the time here was entirely too short. I long to return to explore this eclectic city and really discover its treasures.
*Laugh at Koblenz’s whimsical statues scattered throughout the city.
*Soak up some 2,000 years of history and learn about the influence of such people as the Romans and the powerful archbishops.
*Shop at quaint boutiques, as well as local outdoor markets
*Just sit and relax at the Jesuitenplatz and enjoy a copy of coffee or a frosty mug of German beer as you sit in the shadow of old burgher houses.
*Enjoy nature at the Garten der Schmetterlings (Butterfly Garden,) to enjoy the magic of these winged creatures. Unfortunately, it’s one of the things my cameras and I were just not able to do this time
But, most of all, come here to have fun. From "The Rhine in Flames" extravaganza to the classic beauty of museums and galleries, Koblenz offers a wide variety of activities to match your mood.
Make sure your bags are packed with plenty of film (or batteries if you're digital). You’ll want to capture everything from the barges that chug along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and the majestic architecture of buildings such as the St. Florin’s Church, to the panoramic view of the Rhine and Moselle from the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
Tourist information is readily available at the Hauptbahnhof (rail station) and Historisches Rathaus (city hall), as well as at the Koblenz-Tourist office at Banhofplatz 7, but the large, complete city map I received had very small type and is difficult to read. The map that is at the back of the brochure "Koblenz on the Rhine and Moselle" is much easier to read. The brochure "Koblenz…Tour of the Town’s Heritage is outstanding and also has a great map, and sets an example for other tourist offices to follow because the format is so helpful to visitors.
And, if you want to meet someone, meet at The Plan, near St. Florin’s Church. It has been used for everything from a real meat market to a setting for executions.
Hotel | "Mercure Koblenz"
In Koblenz, the Hotel Mercure, at Julius-Wegeler-Strasse 6, makes it incredibly easy to get to the Rhine River, where you’ll be able to enjoy walking along the promenade and enjoy the city’s natural beauty as well. Business travelers will appreciate the fact that the Mercure has direct access to the Rhine-Moselle-Conference-Center. It’s also a very easy walk to get to the Wine Village (Weindorf) (see separate journal entry.)
But, in addition to location, the hotel offers stylish accommodations at reasonable rates, as well as numerous additional amenities, such as an incredibly bright and cheery dining room with a great view of the outdoors — and food (don’t miss the pastries!) that you’ll enjoy.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2002
Mercure Koblenz 4m
JULIUS WEGELER STRASSE 6
Koblenz, Germany 56068
Pick up a brochure about the monument at the tourist office, and you’ll be able to follow along as your eyes move upward through history. It’s interesting that the artist, Jurgen Weber, does not represent history as always progressing but, instead, as moving forward and always reinventing itself.
The History column was completed in 2000 and was a present from the Rhineland-Palatinate to the town of Koblenz to celebrate its 2000th anniversary in 1992. It is located near the Jesuit church at Gomesplatz.
The fact that the Wine Village is situated along the Rhine River’s edge is incredibly appropriate because it is a perfect setting. But, even if it weren’t, it still is a wonderful place to sip your Riesling, dine on regional specialties (how does pork steak with mushrooms a la creme, served with a fresh salad and berner rösti (potatoes) sound?), and relax in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Actually, people have been coming here since 1925 to enjoy themselves, celebrate festive occasions, and celebrate the wine industry that has brought such prosperity and happiness to the region.
And, since Koblenz is at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you get to enjoy the best of both cultures, whether that’s food, music, dancing, or wine, at the Wine Village.