Written by fizzytom on 20 May, 2009
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…Read More
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when the Berlin Wall came down three pieces of it were installed here too.Of course, the aims of the monument became outdated in 1990 when unity was achieved and there was much discussion about what to do with the site.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. Close
Written by Joy S on 26 Aug, 2007
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…Read More
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. Close
Written by Eve Carr on 06 Jun, 2002
When I think of Germany and the Rhine River, one of the things that comes to mind is good wine — Riesling, to be more specific. And, during my recent trip along the Rhine, I found that the Wine Village (Weindorf) in Koblenz is one…Read More
When I think of Germany and the Rhine River, one of the things that comes to mind is good wine — Riesling, to be more specific. And, during my recent trip along the Rhine, I found that the Wine Village (Weindorf) in Koblenz is one of the most enjoyable places to enjoy a glass of this liquid gold.
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.
Written by Eve Carr on 12 Jun, 2002
It’s always more fun to visit a destination if you know a little about its history, and then pick up some additional facts along the way. In Koblenz, you can learn about its fascinating history as you look at a piece of artwork. The History…Read More
It’s always more fun to visit a destination if you know a little about its history, and then pick up some additional facts along the way. In Koblenz, you can learn about its fascinating history as you look at a piece of artwork. The History Column, a gigantic sculpture, has ten different levels that take you from the time Koblenz was a Roman settlement (with Romans rowing a boat), on through the Crusades and Prussian period, to Heute or today.
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.