By Lauren Kmec
Koblenz
Germany
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Located in western Germany at the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Koblenz is a picturesque city that originated as a military post in ~8 B.C. Koblenz is probably best known for its many cultural monuments and historic buildings, and its relaxed, friendly atmosphere will make you feel right at home.

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to plan your next vacation in the romantic city of Koblenz. Most flights to Koblenz will arrive via Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), a 24-hour international airport located ~83 kilometers away from Koblenz in the city of Cologne, Germany. An alternative is to fly into Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), which is located ~107 kilometers from Koblenz. Make your flight arrangements today with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Koblenz also has a variety of hotel accommodations to suit any budget. Book with EscapeWizard.com today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

For your first stop in Koblenz, EscapeWizard.com suggests the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second-largest preserved fortress in Europe. The present-day fortress was built between 1817 and 1828, but the origins of the structure date back to the 1st century A.D., and an archaeological dig on this site uncovered evidence of an ancient settlement from pre-Christian times. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is accessible via car, foot, or chair-lift, and the observation deck at the top offers sweeping views of the whole city. A restaurant also sits atop the fortress. Other highlights include the State Museum of Koblenz, with its huge collection of antiquities, a memorial dedicated to the German soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II, and a youth hostel.

Deutches Eck, aka the “German Corner,” is one of Koblenz’s most famous sites. This tract of land lies at the intersection point (or “confluence”) of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. In fact, the city was named for this place, as “Koblenz” is derived from the Latin “confluentes.” The land now occupied by Deutches Eck was once the site of a settlement founded by the Teutonic Order of Knights in 1216. Today, the German Corner is home to an impressive monument dedicated to Emperor Wilhelm I, a revered icon of Germany’s past. The German Corner is a very popular tourist attraction and is highly recommended by EscapeWizard.com. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.

EscapeWizard.com encourages travelers to discover Alte Burg (aka the “Old Castle”). Constructed from the remains of a 4th century A.D. Roman tower, Alte Burg was originally used as a private residence by the von der Arken family in 1185. In 1217, it was converted to a castle by Heinrich II, and a wide moat fed by the Moselle River was added. Alte Burg then functioned as a castle for hundreds of years until 1806, when it was used as a sheet metal factory under French control. In 1897, Alte Burg was once again operated by Germany, and it served a variety of purposes in the early to mid 1900s. Today, Alte Burg houses the municipal archives of Koblenz. Because it was expanded and used for different purposes over the years, Alte Burg is designed in a mixture of late-Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles, making it a real treat for the eye to behold.

Though it is a fairly small city, Koblenz has a number of fascinating museums that come highly recommended by EscapeWizard.com. First off, we encourage you to visit Beethoven’s Mother’s House in the Ehrenbreitstein district. As the name implies, Beethoven’s mother was born here, and Beethoven himself also grew up in this house. Today, the house functions as a museum honoring the history of Beethoven’s family, as well as other local musicians. Another great institution is the Landesmuseum Koblenz, which highlights the history of Koblenz, dating from the Stone Age all the way up until the present day. Last but not least, EscapeWizard.com suggests visiting the Ludwig Museum, a contemporary art museum focusing on European (and especially French) artistic works.

So why wait to experience the many wonders of Koblenz, Germany? Book your trip today with EscapeWizard.com and start looking forward to your magical German getaway!