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Koblenz

Kaiser Wilhelm at Deutsches Eck Photo, Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz is the place where the Rhine meets the Mosel River. It has small, cobbled passageways that connect square after square and pretty streets.

The town, founded by the Romans in 9 B.C. was destroyed by the Allied Forces in 1943 but some old bits do still survive. The Basilika St Kastor is a church, built in 836 that once saw Edward I sell his crown when he was strapped for cash. The old part of the city still has a Medieval atmosphere.

In the town hall courtyard there is a bronze statue called the "Schaengel." This means "young scamp." It is a mischievous little boy, said to symbolise the high spirits of the Koblenz people. Every few minutes he squirts a shower of water from his mouth onto the pavement and onto anyone else who happens to be in the way. Children love it - we had to drag our son away, despite watching it for about 15 minutes.

The riverside promenade in Koblenz has been acclaimed as the Rhine's finest. It extends for 34 kilometres - we spent a lovely hour strolling along the promenade, eating ice-creams and watching all the activity on the river. There were some really large cruise ships - one from Russia - docked there. These were interesting to look at.

We parked our car at the Deutsches Eck (German Corner). It cost just 2 euros for 24 hours parking and there were lots of spaces there.

The Deutsches Eck is the point where the Rhine and Mosel rivers meet. There is a famous national monument dominating the site. The monument is of Kaiser Wilhelm I and was completed in 1897. It is absolutely enormous. We climbed all the steps to the very top - well-worth the effort for the great views.

The Ehrenbreitstein fortress across the river towers above Koblenz. In the massive rock on which it stands there is a 300 metre tunnel from the car park to the chair-lift. It was an air-raid shelter during the War for 10,000 people.

You can catch the ferry from the Deutsches Eck to the fortress.

During the Rhine in Flames, Ehrenbreitstein is the culmination of an evening of fireworks. It is set ablaze with lights when a flotilla of ships sails past. We did not see this, but it must be an amazing spectacle.

Koblenz is a really nice, laid-back, quiet place with lots of cafés and bars and places to stop for a drink. It is a great place to just stroll at your leisure and go where the fancy takes you without feeling you have to check-off a list of famous sights. We spent a very pleasant 4 or 5 hours there.

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