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Koblenz

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Koblenz was founded two thousand years ago as a Roman post. "Koblenz" derives from the Roman's name for the town, "Confluentes," referring to the spot where the Rhine and the Moselle flow together. The city is at the tip of the Loreley (Lorelei) Valley – called the valley of the castles and it's the perfect starting spot for a tour of the Rhineland. Make time for this city itself – there are lots of things to see and wonderful events all year long.
  The German Corner (Deutsches Eck) – Start your visit at the German Corner, where a massive statue of Kaiser Wilhelm on horseback overlooks the Moselle and Rhine flowing together. Nearby there are tons of river front cafes and biergartens, good place to start your explorations with a snack.
    Ehrenbreitstein Fortress – The River Crane restaurant, built around 1600 to house a crane, is now both a restaurant and the spot where you catch the ferry for the fortress. Once across the water, you'll head up the hill in a gondola. At the top, you'll cross a moat and pass through a massive gate that leads to the parapets. Here's your goal, a spectacular view of Koblenz and down the rivers.
    Take a walk through Old Town
    The Basilica of St. Castor is a Romanesque building consecrated in 836, and witnessed the Verdun agreement of the division of Germany. The church is quite pretty, but it's the fountain that most people remember. In the Napoleonic era the French erected it to commemorate their campaign in Russia. When Russian soldiers reached Koblenz they tweaked Napoleon's nose by adding a plaque: "Seen and approved."

Kaisserin Augusta Park – One of the prettiest strolls in the town is the promenade that runs along the Rhine. A nice spot for a picnic, you can sit on the grassy slopes under the statue of the Princess and watch the boats drifting by.

    The Kurfurstliches Schloss is a neo-Classical palace built in the late 1700s by the Elector Wenzeslaus. In the mid 1900s it served as Prince Wilhelm's headquarters, before he became Emperor. Palatial, it's the most grand building in Koblenz.
    A little ways out of town, Schloss Stolzenfels seems a typical 13th century castle – until you learn that it was built by the King of Prussia in the 1800s. He did a great job: this is everything you'd expect of a robber baron's castle – from drawbridge to keep. Check with the tourism office for scheduled tours in English.
   

Schmetterlings Garden (Bandorf-Sayn) – Outside of Koblenz, tour the magic of a Schmetterlings (Butterfly) Garden. You may watch a butterfly break out of the leaf-like cocoon and try out its wings for the first time. There are examples of caterpillars, butterflies and moths, as well as spiders and scorpions, in the display cases. Walking along, watch out for the quail making their way down the paths, finches sitting up high, a waterfall splashing past orchids, and Japanese koi ponds that run under the seven bridges in the garden.

  Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) – Make the trek to Burg Eltz in the Moselle Valley. The road meanders for quite a while, so you've got to be determined to get there, which may explain why this family owned castle has never been lost in battle. This castle is the real thing: a medieval fantasy, mostly built from the mid 12th century - the mid 16th century and completely intact, not a reconstruction!
   

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From early spring to late fall, all along the river banks you'll find cafes and biergartens filled with both locals and tourists. This is where everyone comes to people-watch: pedestrians, bikers, joggers. Going to or from most of the sites in Koblenz you'll pass over one river or the other. These riverside spots offer lots of choices for meals and snacks.

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