Germany off the beaten track

Schloss Stolzenfels (Stolzenfels Castle) is situated about 3 miles to the south of the city center on the Rhine. © Bjoern Rudek

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Exploring the city´s cultural life

There are myriad other attractions to enjoy in Koblenz aside from rivers and wine, though. Take some time to get to know the city and discover its many facets. You will be inspired.

/assetimage_2785_249w189.jpgThe most relaxing walk is along the city's 8-kilometer (5-mile) promenade. Traveling clockwise from the Mosel to the Rhine, you will pass the Kurfürstliches Schloss (Elector's Palace) and a collection of medieval buildings around the Balduinbrücke (Balduin Bridge). In a few moments, you will reach the Deutsches Eck - or German Corner - the park where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet. Standing at the tip of the park, you can watch the tea-colored waters of the Moselle swirl into the coffee-colored Rhine.

A monument of Emperor Wilhelm I dominates the park. Originally erected in 1897, it was destroyed at the end of World War II. In 1953, a flag and flagpole were mounted on the base as a memorial to German unity. It was rebuilt in 1993 based on original plans. Today, unity is marked by a ring of flags from every state of the reunited Germany.

The city's churches give snapshots in time: the Romanesque Basilika St. Kastor (St. Castor's Basilica) consecrated in 836, Florinskirche (St. Florin's Church) with its Romanesque triple nave and Gothic chancel, and the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Beloved Lady) with its mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features.

/assetimage_2968_250w166.jpgClassical open-air-concerts or choral concerts at Schloss Stolzenfels (Stolzenfels Castle), are just as much part of the program as sport, variety, street festivals, museums and galleries. The art museums alone could keep some guests captivated for a week.

The Mutter-Beethoven-Haus (Mother-Beethoven-House) displays the world's largest private Beethoven exhibition. It was in the former home that the composer's mother, Maria Magdelena, was born in 1746. It also now houses  documents and letters of cultural figures of the period.

Koblenz wins a place in hundreds of thousands of hearts every year in August, when it is time for the Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames). Culture and the best of entertainment are in season all year round in Koblenz.

Be spoiled for choice!

Our diverse range of museums:

Mother-Beethoven-House

Ludwig Museum in the Deutschherrenhaus

Middle Rhine Museum

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