The tDeutsches Eck is probably Koblenz’s most celebrated attraction. It’s the headland where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet, right in the heart of the city of Koblenz and the name Deutsches Eck translates literally as "German corner". Now, while it is certainly quite impressive to see these two mighty rivers become one, it’s not the only reason that this spot is worth visiting.
Towering over the headland, perched on an enormous plinth, there is a statue of Emperor Wilhelm I. The statue was erected to commemorate the part he played in the struggle for German union. It’s a stature with an interesting history. In 1945 it was damaged by an American artillery shell and had to be removed from its position. When, after the war, Germany was occupied by the Allies, the French, under whose control Koblenz fell, proposed an idea to build a new monument in that spot, this one dedicated to peace among nations. However this never came about but when the country was officially divided and the country of West Germany was established, the new President decided to use the site to create something that would express a wish to see German unity restored again. As you walk round the footpath that forms the visitors part of the Deutsches Eck you’ll see the coats of arms of each of the Lands of Germany – not just those of West Germany but those that ended up in East Germany and also those parts of German that were given to countries like Poland. In 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down three pieces of it were installed here too.
Of course, the aims of the monument became outdated in 1990 when unity was achieved and there was much discussion about what to do with the site. Eventually the arguments were resolved when a generous couple from Koblenz offered to pay to have the statue of Wilhelm rebuilt and this is what visitors see there today.
The Deutsches Eck is well signposted from the centre of Koblenz and is just a ten minute walk at most from most places in town. There are lots of steps if you want to climb up to the monument – from where you’ll get an even better view but otherwise it’s perfectly fine for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It’s really just a place to come and stand and admire the views; there aren’t any special things to do but as you look out the confluence of the two rivers is an impressive thing to see.
There are places nearby to grab a snack and a drink or even a full meal and there are sometimes souvenir stands as you approach the monument but what you see is what you get. It’s worth a walk if you are in Koblenz but may not interest children particularly.