Koblenz, Germany in a day

Koblenz is a small, historic city along the Rhine river in Germany. There is a lot to see and do here, and one day is not enough time to really appreciate everything Koblenz has to offer. That being said, the city is very walk-able and you can still see and do a lot in a single day.

Walking along the Rhine (Rhein)

My girlfriend and I stayed with a family friend who showed us around the area. We started with a walk from his house to the middle Rhine and walked beside the river to the city center. Like much of the city, the path along the Rhine was renovated just a couple years ago. The walk itself took the three of us about 30 minutes with some brief stops to snap a few photos. One notable sight along the way was the statue of Empress Augusta (Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein) aka the Empress Augusta Monument.

Koblenz Statue of Empress Augusta
Statue of Empress Augusta

German Corner (Deutsches Eck)

The path eventually came to an end where the Rhine meets the Moselle at Deutsches Eck, which literally translates to something like “German Corner”. This area used to symbolize the hope and aspirations for a reunited Germany. As such the coats of arms of all of Germany’s states were (and still are) represented at here.

Koblenz German Corner Deutsches Eck
German Corner
German Emperor William I Memorial
Beside the state flags stands a large memorial statue of German Emperor William I.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (Festung Ehrenbreitstein)

A gondola/cable car was recently constructed just a couple minutes away from German Corner which we across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Round-trip tickets cost us €10 each, though discounts were available for children, students and senior citizens.

Koblenz Gondola to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Gondola to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

The fortress itself is massive with things to see inside and out. Not only that, but there is a large food-court-like courtyard with a wide variety of traditional german foods for sale. There is simply too much to cover in one post, so hopefully these pictures summarize some of the attractions at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Koblenz Soldier Tents Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Soldier’s Tents
Roman Soldiers Marching Ehrenbreitstein Fortress Koblenz
Roman Soldiers Marching
Sword Fight Demonstration Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
A Traditional Sword Fight Demonstration
Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein Fortress Food Court Courtyard
Food Court within the fortress walls
Cheese Spaetzle Käsespätzle Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Freshly made cheese spaetzle (Käsespätzle)

I think we spent about 4 hours in total at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before catching the gondola back down to town, but we could have easily spent a lot more time there.

Historic downtown Koblenz

We spent the remainder of the day and evening checking out the many historic landmarks in the historic downtown of Koblenz before grabbing dinner at a local Brauhaus (Pub).

Schaengel Spitting Boy Fountain Koblenz
Schaengel “Spitting Boy” Fountain
St Castor Koblenz
St Castor
Electoral Palace Koblenz
Electoral Palace

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