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Koblenz [7] is a city in the Middle Rhine Valley in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Federal Republic of Germany. Koblenz has about 110,000 inhabitants (2015); the surrounding area accounts for about 400,000 people in total.

The name Koblenz originates from Latin (ad) confluentes, confluence or "(at the) merging of rivers". Subsequently it was Covelenz and Cobelenz. In the local dialect the name is Kowelenz.
After Mainz and Ludwigshafen am Rhein, it is the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate in terms of population. Koblenz lies in the Rhineland, 92 kilometers (57 mi) southeast of Cologne by rail.

Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein panoranic

Get in[edit]

Koblenz Dikasterialgebäude

By plane[edit]

Koblenz is located within one hour travelling time of three major German airports:

  • Frankfurt, which is a main European hub and home of Lufthansa (rates will be comparably expensive),
  • Frankfurt-Hahn, which is a hub of the low-cost airline Ryanair and Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines & Blue Air.
  • Cologne, which is served by major airlines and low-cost carriers as HLX, Germanwings, EasyJet.

By train[edit]

Koblenz can easily be reached by train, for example from the Frankfurt/Mainz area, Cologne area or Trier. These towns are one to two hours away and connections run from early in the morning till late night.

By car[edit]

Three German motorways lead to Koblenz: A3, A48 and A61. Parking in the centre of Koblenz is sometimes restricted according to time. Park and ride is available.
The train station has a parking garage, as do both shopping malls (Löhr Center and Forum). Pay attention to closing times: mall parking garages close shortly after the shops, typically catching at least a few tourists unaware.

By bus[edit]

The bus might be the cheaptest option for travelers who want to get to Koblenz from another German city. There are two long-distance bus companies offering routes to and from Koblenz daily (FlixBus [8] & Mein Fernbus [9]). Tickets have to be booked in advance and online. If still available, tickets can also be purchased directly at the bus station (near the central train station) but the prices will be significantly higher.

Carpooling (MFG)[edit]

There is also the option to do carpooling. The most popular website for carpooling in Germany is [10] (abbreviated to MFG). Requires a cell phone and sometimes some knowledge of German.

Deutsches Eck: Seilbahn

Get around[edit]

Buses leave from the central train station (usually between 5:30 and 23:00) and will take you to most parts of Koblenz. Timetables & stopping points can be found on the EVM Homepage [11].

The city itself is quite small and easily accessible on foot. It takes around 5-10 minutes to get from the central station to the city centre and the old town quarter.

It is also possible to rent bikes in Koblenz:

  • Fahrradverleih Koblenz [12]
  • eBike-Touring [13]
  • Fahrradhaus Zangmeister [14]
  • Burg&Bike in Lahnstein [15]

You can reach Festung Ehrenbreitstein by taxi, bus, or by taking a ferry across the Rhine River and walking up the walled access road to the fortress. You can also ride a chairlift [16] ("Seilbahn") departing from the "German Corner" to the top of the fortress.

Deutsches Eck: Moselle and Rhein

See[edit][add listing]

  • Deutsches Eck. This spot (the name means German Corner in German) is where the Mosel River meets the Rhein River. The tip of the park is shaped like a ship's prow, overlooked by an enormous equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm mounted on an equally-huge stone base that you can climb for a great view of the rivers and opposite shore castle/fort. Not far from the German Corner, you can catch a little sightseeing train which will drive around & point out some of the interesting things about Koblenz.
  • Festung Ehrenbreitstein (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz) – This is a big military castle/fort in good condition. From there you have a good view over Koblenz (entry fee about €6). There is also one of the museum of Koblenz. It is located on the other side of the Rhine.
  • Militär Museum. This is a big military museum. It is located on the other side of the Mosel. In the past Koblenz was an important strategic military area. On every side of the rivers were military castles/forts. Rivers were the most important logistic routes until the 20th century. Their possession could decide who won or lost a war.
  • Schängel-Brunnen. This is a nice little fountain near the town hall. You should stand three steps in front of the fountain and in front of the figure's face. Wait there three minutes. What then happens should bring fortune.
  • City Sculptures. Koblenz has a number of whimsical sculptures and fountains scattered throughout the city. Look for them as you walk around, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Herz Jesu Kirche (Heart of Jesus Church)
  • Herz Jesu Kirche (Heart of Jesus Church) was erected as part of the southern extension 1900-1903 of the city. It is among the most significant Romanesque religious buildings in Germany. Since 2002, the Church of the Sacred Heart is a UNESCO World Heritage.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Watch football at the Oberwerth-Stadium and see TuS Koblenz [17]
  • Boating trips on the Rhine are famous. There are castles and vineyards to see.
  • Classical theatre: In Germany, men wear suits and women wear gowns when going to a classic theatre.
  • In Blaue Biwel enjoy the cabaret.
  • For young people, KuFa (culture factory) offers nice plays and concerts.

Seasonal Events:

  • "Rhein in Flammen" (Rhein in Flames) [18], on the second weekend in August: During that weekend there are concerts at Deutsches Eck, with a big fireworks display on Saturday evening.
    The history for this event is that the Germans sent burning ships down the Rhine and confused the Roman troops. So they broke through the "limes", a wall which protected the Romans from the uncivilized wild Germans.
  • "Nacht der Museen" (Night of Museums) in September: Special buses run between museums and other points of interest, which are open till midnight. Ticket for entrance and bus is about €16.
  • "Weihnachtsmarkt" (Christmas Market) in late November & December: The market is spread all over the old town quarter. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine ("Glühwein"), traditional German snacks (e.g. "Bratwurst") and buy souvenirs, pieces of handicraft work, clothes and much more.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are two big shopping malls in Koblenz:

  • Löhr-Center [19] with approx. 95 shops and some restaurants and cafés, located in the city centre.
  • Forum Mittelrhein [20] (opened in 2012) with approx. 65 shops, cafés and a large food court, also located in the city centre (bus stop: Zentralplatz).

There are also many downtown shops on or near Löhrstraße and in the old town quarter.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Regional Cuisine:

  • Wirtshaus Alt Coblenz, Am Plan 13, +49 (0) 261-160656 (fax: +49 (0) 261-309882), [1]. Excellent regional wine and food. Main dish €9-15.  edit
  • Mein Koblenz, Firmungstraße 31, +49 (0) 261-98303697, [2]. 11:00-23:00. Regional specialities and modern cuisine, located in the old town, near "Jesuitenplatz". Main dish €10-15.  edit
  • Königsbacher Treff, Löhrstraße 143, +49 (0) 261-97384949, [3]. National and international food, beer garden and bar (located next to the central station).  edit

International Cuisine:

  • Tamrap-Thai, Casinostraße 13, +49 (0) 261-39404199, [4]. Tues.-Sun. 11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:00. Authentic Thai food and drinks.  edit
  • La Mamma, Am Plan 7, +49 (0) 261-17760. 11:00-23:00. Italian Restaurant: Pizza, Pasta & Salads. Located in the old town quarter.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Koblenz is located in the wine area of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, mostly known for dry white wines, but also producing dry red wines, and in Germany, trying the beer is also a must. Southern and northern German beers differ in the proportion of hops and malt. More hops makes the beer more bitter, and this region is known for a higher percentage of hops. "Königsbacher" is one local brewery.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Rhein-Hotel Diehl's Terrassen [21] is situated directly at the Rhine, below the Ehrenbreitstein castle/fort, with a view of the Deutsches Eck from every room. 4-star, but unfortunately only a few metres from a busy railway.
Hotel Kornpforte
  • Hotel Kornpforte Kornpfortstraße 11 - Situated in the old city. The restaurant serves great German dishes.
  • Youth Hostel - map - located in the fortress "Festung Ehrenbreitstein". From there you have a nice view over Koblenz.
  • Camping in Koblenz; Campingplatz Rhein-Mosel - link(Address: Schartwiesenweg 6, 56070 Koblenz, Germany).
  • Campingplatz Guelser Moselbogen - [ link](Address: Am Gülser Moselbogen 20, 56072 Koblenz, Germany),South of Campingplatz Rhein-Mosel.
  • Kulturhotel Koblenz ((formerly Hoegg)), Hofstrasse 281 (Train from Hbf to Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein.Or, Bus 8 or 9 to Kapuzinerplatz), [5]. it is a family run hotel that has pretty much a cosy family touch. It is situated across the Rhine from the city center of Koblenz. A few minutes of walking from the hotel will get you to the chairlift (sesselbahn) to Ehrenbreitstein and also a supermarket (Lidl).  edit
  • Hotel & Gasthaus Berghof, Lehrhohl 38, 56077 Koblenz, 0261-72847, [6]. A very cozy small hotel in a residential area across the Rhine from the city center. The owner and chef, Chris Michel, is very gracious and is a wonderful ambassador for the city. Rooms are basic but comfortable. There's a good restaurant in the hotel.  edit

Get out[edit]

Rhine Valley:

  • Andernach
  • St. Goar — home to the famous "Loreley", the narrowest and once the most dangerous part of the Rhine for ships


  • Treis-Karden — site of the stunning Eltz Castle, 30 km west of Koblenz
  • Cochem — medieval town up the Mosel River

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