How to learn more about the history
Koblenz’s 2000 years of history make it very popular with those who are keen to learn more about the past.
One of the earliest mentions of civilisation in the city can be traced back to 55BC, when Roman troops commanded by the great Julius Caesar built a bridge between Koblenz and Andernacht – the remains of which can still be seen today.
Perhaps the best place in which to experience the stunning history in Koblenz is the Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, which was built between 1817 and 1832. The site served as the original backbone of the regional fortification system and is the second largest preserved fortress in Europe. Built on a mountain of the same name on the eastern bank of the Rhine, it’s an unmissable sight for those enjoying river cruises in the area.
The best landmarks to explore
With so much to see during your visit to Koblenz, it’s important to plan beforehand to ensure you can admire the best of the sights. While a trip to the aforementioned Fortress Ehrenbreitstein is a must, another landmark worth placing on your itinerary is the Baldwin Bridge - the oldest surviving bridge in the city which dates back to the 14th century. Connecting the Old Town with the Luetzel district, it is the last bridge over the Moselle and is near the German Corner – an artificially raised headland where the Moselle meets the Rhine. While exploring the bridge, be sure to keep a lookout for the statue of Elector Baldwin of Luxembourg, who was the catalyst behind the original build back in 1342.
Another age-old landmark worth checking out during your river cruise is the Electoral Palace, the residence of the last Archbishop and elector of Trier which has been part of the River Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Also a protected cultural property under the Hague Convention, it stands as one of the finest examples of a French neoclassical great house and is among the last buildings of its kind built in Germany before the French Revolution. Together with the idyllic landscape gardens which surround the palace, this is somewhere you won’t want to forget your camera before visiting.
To learn more about the diversity of landmarks you could discover during your visit to the city, the expertise on hand from the Koblenz tourist information centre should be the perfect aid.
Discovering the finest foods of the city
Germany is renowned for its authentic foods, and fortunately the wealth of Koblenz restaurants offer the perfect method of discovering European cuisine at its very best. Regarded as one of the best restaurants in Koblenz, Da Vinci has an extensive menu and a fantastic atmosphere. Book a table here to enjoy some of the finest foods from across the Mediterranean in style.
Another local eatery steeped in excellence is Gerhards, which is famous for offering a fine dining experience and superb views over the German Corner. The restaurant presents a menu which promises to please; gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, rump steak with onion crisp and braised veal with mustard sauce are just some of the culinary delights you could discover.
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