Koblenz

The city of Koblenz has transformed and been enriched through the event BUGA 2011 (Federal Horticultural Show).


Romanticum - the interactive experience exhibition

On an area covering 800 m2, you as a virtual guest on a steamship, will go on a fantastic  journey through time in the Unesco World Cultural Heritage of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. You will encounter the most significant tourist attractions, massive castles and bizarre mainland landscapes, from the stronghold of Ehrenbreitstein to the Loreley. You will experience Rhine romanticism of the 19th century at first hand and get to know the river and all its enthralling fairytales and legends. You can use a QR code to save everything you experience on your ticket and call it all up on your computer at home. This means that you can have your karaoke version of the song about the Loreley or a professional silhouette paper cutting at hand, to access them whenever you wish.

 

The new funicular

The breathtaking ride with the aerial cable car over the Rhine up to “Ehrenbreitstein”
Fortress is one of the highlights of any visit to Koblenz in 2012 and 2013. Measuring
almost 850 meters and carrying 7,600 guests per hour, the cable car at Koblenz is one of the largest of its type in Europe outside the Alps. It was built for the National Garden Show in 2011. The 18 panoramic cars guarantee a spectacular view of the world heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

 

Basilika St. Kastor

The church was consecrated in 836 and, in 842, negotiations between the sons of Louis the Pious took place here, resulting in the division of the Franconian Empire. Most of the building was constructed at the end of the 12th century. It was given the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1992.

 

Church of Our Beloved Lady

This basilica with five-axis pillars was built between 1180 and 1250. The new construction of the Gothic chancel had begun in 1404 while the baroque onion towers date back to 1693.

 

Jesuitenplatz,Town Hall

Since 1985, the building complex at the „Jesuitenplatz” has served as the Koblenz Town Hall. This building was originally used as a convent of the Jesuit order and included a high school. The late renaissance and early baroque house fronts, as well as the frescoes of the Italian artist Lucaes over the staircase in building no. 1, are truly worth a visit. In addition to the Town Hall, one can also visit the “City- Kirche” and the monument of Johannes Müller at “Jesuitenplatz”.

 

UNESCO- World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Between Koblenz and Bingen/Rüdesheim extends the World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley, with its imposing monuments, sun-blessed vineyards, little wine-villages on the Rhine banks and the historic castles upon the ledges. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley is said to be the epitome of the romantic Rhine scenery and is part of the Unesco World Heritage since 2002.

 

Fortress Ehrenbreitstein

The Fortress rises 118 meters above the Rhine and dates back to the year 1000. Over the centuries the building was extended by the Electors of Trier. After its destruction through the French, the Prussian rebuilt the fortifications and the result, one of Germany's strongest fortresses, is today open to the public.

 

German Corner

The colonisation by the Order of the German Knights at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers gives this place its name. A statue of the Emperor Wilhelm I, erected here in 1897, was destroyed in 1945. A replica was placed back on September 2, 1993 and has attracted visitors from all over the world. The modern cable car, erected for the BUGA show in 2011 is a new highlight, taking visitors up to the stronghold of Ehrenbreitstein.

 

 

Electoral Palace

The Elector Clemens Wenzeslaus built this palace from 1777-1786. Prince Wilhelm, later known as German Emperor Wilhelm I, officiated here as the Prussian military governor from 1850 – 1857. The palace now houses the administrative offices and is not open to the public.

 

Castle Stolzenfels

Approx. 5 km to the south of Koblenz lies the castle, which was originally built as a customs fortress and was destroyed in 1689 in the Palatine war of succession. It was rebuilt according to the plans of the Berlin master builder Schinkel and is now open to the public. It houses a number of valuable furniture pieces and a collection of armor and weapons.

 

Schängel Fountain

The Schängel fountain is a monument to the city’s eternal “bad boy” and his joie-devivre. Designed by Carl Burger in 1941, the fountain stands between the Renaissance and Baroque structures of the present Town Hall and the former Jesuit monastery.

 

Rhine Parks

The „Empress-Augusta-Gardens“ on the Rhine banks are some of the most beautiful gardens between Basle and Rotterdam. On the tree-lined, grassy bank you will find the monument of Joseph Görres, as well as little treasures such as the Luise temple.

 

The Marksburg

The „Marksburg“, known until 1437 as „Burg Brauchbach“, is a hilltop castle above the town Braubach on the Rhine, thus its former name. The castle is situated at an altitude of 160 meters and is the only medieval hilltop castle on the Middle Rhine which has never been destroyed.

 

Loreley

The slate cliffs near St. Goarshausen are steeped in legend and rise 132 meters into the air. According to the legend, the blonde Loreley lured fishermen into their watery grave. Located at the narrowest part of the Rhine are Loreley visitor’s center and an open-air stage.

 

Church of St. Florin

This basilica and its three naves date back to the 12th century. Beneath the Gothic apse are the remains of a Roman city wall watchtower.

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