The charming, park-filled city of Koblenz is located in the scenic mid-section of the Rhine River in Western Germany, an area well known for its vineyards and romantic castles. The obvious attractions in Koblenz are its unending river views and the wines of the region, with many restaurants and cafés making the most of these assets. The city was named ‘Koblenz’ (meaning ‘confluence’) by the Romans because it lies where the coffee-coloured waters of the Rhine River meet the tea-coloured waters of the Moselle.
Much of Koblenz is easily explored on foot. The most beautiful walk in the city runs along the banks of the Moselle and the Rhine, following the 8-kilometre promenade past palaces and parks, proud statues and beautiful bridges. One of the oldest cities in Germany, Koblenz’s numerous churches, castles, fortifications and even the narrow-streets of Old Town preserve its layers of Roman, French and German history.
Koblenz has a thriving cultural scene, with art galleries and museums (including ‘Mutter-Beethoven-Haus’, an extensive Beethoven exhibition), street festivals, sports events and concerts. Five nights each year, the city is lit with a stunning display of fireworks and red lights during the ‘Rhein in Flammen’ (Rhine in Flames) celebration.
Cruise ships dock at various points on the right bank of the Moselle River and the left bank of the Rhine River, close to where the rivers meet by the Deutsches Eck.
All the ports are very close to each other and have the same facilities and stores close by.
Facilities near the ports in Koblenz include:
- Tourist information centres
- Restaurants and cafés
- Souvenir stores
- Bank and ATMs
- Medical centre and pharmacy
- Post office.
How To Get Around
The city centre of Koblenz is small and easily explored on foot. For more outlying attractions, Koblenz offers an efficient bus system that run from 5:30am till 11pm.
Travel times from the various moorings in Koblenz:
- It is a 2 to 5 minute journey to Deutsches Eck (the park where the two rivers meet)
- It is a 6 to 9 minute journey to the Ropeway Koblenz
- It is a 90 minute journey to Stolzenfels Castle.
- It is a 10 minute journey to Stolzenfels Castle
- It is a 15 minute journey to The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
- It is a 21 minute journey to Koblenz Winningen Airport.
- It is a 23 minute journey to The Ehrenbreitstein fortress
- It is a 1 hour journey to Stolzenfels Castle.
Currency – The currency in Koblenz is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.
Time Zone – Koblenz follows Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC); daylight savings changes Koblenz to 2 hours ahead of UTC between March and October.
Weather – Koblenz enjoys a warm and temperate climate, with warm summers and relatively mild winters for Western Europe. The city receives a lot of rainfall, even in its drier months. July is the hottest month in Koblenz, with temperatures reaching an average high of 19.2 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average high of only 1.6 degrees Celsius.
Stolzenfels Castle (Schloss Stolzenfels) – On the left bank of the Rhine, a few kilometres from the city centre, rises the ornate gables, medieval fortifications and fluted towers of beautiful Stolzenfels Castle. Built in the 13th century by the Prussian King, Frederick Wilhelm IV, the castle remains decorated as though the King still resides there, with ornate gardens and 19th century paintings, furnishings, weaponry and armour on display.
The Ehrenbreitstein – Above the right bank of the Rhine, atop the Ehrenbreitstein Hill, stands the fortress of the same name. The second largest preserved fortress in Europe, it dates back to 1000 CE, but was rebuilt from 1817 to 1828. The fortress can be reached via the Ropeway Koblenz or a funicular from the base of the hill. The fortress houses museums of archaeology and photography, as well as various exhibitions celebrating its history. Not to be missed are the giant cannon, known as ‘The Griffin’ and the ‘Haus des Genusses’ (House of Pleasures), which offers wine tastings and various dining experiences. During summer, the fortress also serves as a venue for open-air concerts and plays.
The Ropeway Koblenz – The ropeway offers breathtaking, panoramic views of Koblenz and the Rhine Valley from its 850-metre cable car ride. The ropeway runs across the Rhine River to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. With glass floors, each of the 18 cable cars afford spectacular, uninterrupted views.