Koblenz, Germany

Guide for the rail traveller

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Local languageGerman
Country Germany

Introduction

The history of Koblenz dates back to around 9 B.C. when the Romans named the castle that stood amidst the beautiful mountain landscape, “castellum apud confluentes”. Since then, Koblenz has had a rich and varied history. Koblenz was captured by the French, before becoming home to many of the German aristocracy and finally being fortified by the Prussians.


A wonderful city in the heart of Germany, Koblenz is located where the Moselle joins the Rhine and is famously surrounded by four separate mountain ranges.

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Things to do

As you would expect, a city with such a long history has a wide range of splendid architectural edifices and historic places to visit. Without a doubt, travelling to the top of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car and enjoying the far-reaching views is one of the ‘must see attractions’ for anyone visiting Koblenz.


Other attractions include St Florin’s Market, the medieval churches of St Florin and Our Lady’s Church, as well as the numerous Weinstubes (or wine taverns). A walk along the Rhine or Moselle riverbank is also an absolute must for those wanting to enjoy a quiet and peaceful stroll.

Local transport

Access to Koblenz is well indicated and the city’s transport system in and around the town is amazingly easy to navigate. It is possible to walk from the main train station to the old centre in less than thirty minutes, making this the most popular way of getting around Koblenz.


Driving around Koblenz is not very easy and, in particular, it is worth bearing in mind that there are substantial parking restrictions within the old city. For this reason, buses are seen as the simplest way of getting around for those who do not want to walk. As a general rule, buses run around the city from approximately 5:30 am and 11pm.


When it comes to getting to Koblenz there are three major airports within one hour’s travelling time, the most influential of these being Frankfurt which has a direct train link with Koblenz.

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