Things we did in Koblenz Germany – Is it Worth Visiting?
Have you ever heard about Koblenz, Germany? Situated on both banks of the Rhine that lies in the Rhineland, where it is joined by the Moselle. With a population of over 112,000. It is the third-largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Not only is Koblenz one of the oldest cities, but it is also one of the most diverse German cities. It offers the first tri-cable car to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest intact fortress in Europe.
And also gives an exceptional view of the UNESCO Upper Middle Rhine Valley world heritage site.
Koblenz, Germany has a lot of other attractions. These include the Deutsches Eck with its Kaiser, the Electoral Palace, kilometers of riverside promenades, Stolzenfels Castle, the epitome of Rhine Romanticism, the spectacular cable car over the Rhine, the Weindorf village, the Forum Confluentes, and many more.
Safely, arrived in Koblenz
You would probably think that we visited all the famous and featured places in Koblenz. But it wasn’t the case for us. We went out early in the morning (well, not so early) 10 am and drive to Koblenz center.
Entering the center, we found the nearest parking area, located inside a shopping mall in Löhr-Center. It was one of the cheapest parking areas that we found, so we went for it.
Did you know? The first thing we did was to do a quick shopping! (haha) yes, we did stroll a bit in the shopping mall and went out to check the center.
The first interesting landmark that we discovered was this beautiful church (Herz-Jesu-Kirche) located nearby the mall. In the beginning, I even thought that this church was the Basilica of St. Castor, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. However, Herz-Jesu-Kirche is a different one.
While taking some photos of its exterior view, we tried to enter the church as well, but it was closed. We ended up walking around to search for a place to eat.
Petite Pause (Lunch Break)
Searching for a place to have our petite pause (lunch), I got lucky to recognize one of my favorites fast foods here in Europe. It’s KFC, don’t get me wrong, KFC became my favorite because of its delicious fried chicken. (Well, I’m a huge fried chicken fan)
I asked hubby if he wants to eat chicken, and he said yes, so we went to KFC for lunch.
We ordered some fried chicken, a hamburger, fries, Pepsi Max, and coleslaw for Hubby. I was so happy, cause it’s been a while since I haven’t been to KFC.
Wandering in the area after our lunch, I saw a very interesting street. It was full of shops/boutiques. Since Hubby needs to buy something too, we went for a stroll in Löhrstraße.
We went to different boutiques in and out. Hubby finally found son bonheur (his happiness), we bought a sling bag for him with a full price. It was the sales period in Germany, but Hubby has successfully found a non-sale item (haha, he’s an expert).
Am Plan Square
Strolling in the gorgeous streets of Koblenz, Germany, we floundered in a known square called Am Plan Square. It was originally built in the baroque style used as a marketplace, tournament site, and event space.
The square was named Am Plan because it was the first square on the Koblenz map (plan) that was (evenly) paved. The fountain in the middle of the square provided drinking water for Koblenz residents from 1806. This came from the Metternich aqueduct, which was built for the Electoral Palace.
After roaming around Am Plan square, we spotted another great place to visit. It was this onion domes shape Liebfrauenkirche or also called Church of Our Lady. It was built on the highest point of the city and from the late middle ages to the French Revolution.
Considered as the main parish church in Koblenz, Germany, its origins date back to the 5th century. When the Franks established a church in what had been Roman buildings.
Built in the 17th century, destroyed in 1944, and reconstructed in 1955. The onion domes characterize the silhouette of the Koblenz old town.
The interior part of the church was very pretty. We walked through the aisle and the other parts of the church. We even light a candle. It was a memorable day.
The next stop was another church near the banks of Moselle. It was the Protestant community church in the city center, Florinskirche (St. Florin’s church). Formerly belonged to the St. Florin monastery chapter, built around 1100.
Accordingly, after French revolutionary troops took Koblenz in 1794, St. Florin’s was secularised in 1803 and used as a warehouse. After, the city was taken over by the Prussians.
King Friedrich Wilhelm III gave the building to the Protestant military and civilian community. St. Florin’s church was consecrated as a Protestant parish church in 1820 and was, therefore, the first Protestant church in Koblenz, Germany.
The Bürresheimer Hof
We’ve roamed around the church even it wasn’t a Catholic one, and after that, we went outside to continue our journey to see the splendid Moselle of Koblenz, Germany.
Next to the Florinskirche is the Bürresheimer Hof, a former noble estate in the old town of Koblenz. It was built in 1659 on the west side of the Florinshof.
Designed by the Capuchin Father Bonitius from Linz. The complex consisted of the main house (now Florinsmarkt 13), two smaller buildings (Florinsmarkt 9 and 11), and another four-wing building (now a parking lot).
The Bürresheimer Hof, the Schöffenhaus, and the Florinskirche an ensemble of four historic buildings on the Florinsmarkt.
View of the Moselle
Finally, after our walkathon, we’ve reached the epitome of our visit. It was this marvelous river Moselle. One of the longers rivers that flow through France, Luxembourg, and Germany.
From where we stand, we can obviously see the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. If we continued walking further we would reach the Deutsches Eck. But instead, we went back to the other way (left side, way to the bridge).
We enjoyed walking while breathing the wonderful breezy air of the Moselle. It was really sunny, and we cannot feel the cold weather. There was even a ferry docked in the Moselle, it was empty, but you can see the interior part with its bedroom and everything.
Moving on from our stroll in the river banks of the Moselle, we arrived in Münzplatz square. Located in the old town of Koblenz, Germany, its name is reminiscent of the former electoral coin (Münze).
The coins of the Electorate of Trier were minted in Koblenz, Germany from the middle of the 11th century onwards with few interruptions. In the 15th century, Koblenz even became the Prince Bishop’s main mint and so took over from Trier.
Today only the Münzmeisterhaus remains, a baroque building with a simple plaster facade.
In summer, a lot of different public performances held in this square. But, on our visit, there was construction ongoing on one of the buildings surrounding the square. I only took a photo of these statues. They call them Brunnen Zur Stadtentwicklung.
We continued wandering the city and had a break at Forum Mittelrhein Koblenz, a shopping mall near the Romanticum Museum. Therefore, we ordered coffee and a waffle topped with banana and vanilla ice cream with a bit of cognac. It was definitely so delicious! Perfect for a great afternoon break.
Afterward, the rest of our time remaining was spent through visiting some of the shopping malls. Especially those that have a geek shop. We bought a bunch of souvenir and collectible items to add to our collections.
Beautiful Architectural Buildings and Streets of Koblenz
Is Koblenz worth visiting? YES! You should visit Koblenz, and you can check out interesting places as you can. You can also rent bikes via Fahrradverleih Koblenz, eBike-Touring, Fahrradhaus Zangmeister, or Burg&Bike in Lahnstein.
Visit other fascinating places like Deutsches Eck, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Militär Museum, Schängel-Brunnen, City Sculptures, and many more. If you love shopping, I recommend you to go to Löhr-Center and Forum Mittelrhein.
Let’s not forget the Stolzenfels Castle, which is just a few kilometers away from Koblenz center.
How to reach Koblenz, Germany?
You can easily reach there via train. From the Frankfurt/Mainz area, Cologne area or Trier. These towns are one to two hours away and connections run from early in the morning till late night.
You can also reach there by car, take the motorways that lead to Koblenz: A3, A48, and A61. Parking in the center of Koblenz. The train station has a parking garage, as do both shopping malls (Löhr Center and Forum).
Travel tips: Pay attention to closing times of mall parking garages.
Koblenz Germany – Is it Worth Visiting?