Cochem – discovering one of the most romantic little towns in the Moselle valley
You are looking for a holiday destination that combines the medieval charm and a romantic landscape of matchless beauty? Cochem in the province of Rhineland-Palatinate is the place to go. One of the top travel destinations in Germany, it is also a great spot for a weekend getaway. Cochem is situated at the outlet of a 20km loop the river in the most beautiful stretch take.
Amidst one of the most beautiful sceneries in Germany the river is lined with a string of lovely small villages. And more than a few people consider Cochem the most beautiful of all. The landscape is marked by scenic Moselle views, an impressive castle on a hill, and lovely hillside vineyards. Not far from Cochem there is the Calmont hillside. Home to the vineyards of Bremmer and Ellerer, belongs to the most steeply sloping vineyards in the world.
From Villa Cuchema to Cochem
A touch of Celtic and Roman history still characterizes Cochem. The town was first mentioned in 886 under the name of Villa Cuchema. Granted city and market rights in the 14th century, Cochem fast became a center of trade and craft in the region. In the 1930ies, Cochem had become a popular tourist attraction, and then as now, visitors enjoy landscape, river, local wines, and cultural heritage.
The medieval town center of Cochem appeals with half-timbered houses, slated roofs, a Baroque-style Town Hall from the 18th century, and its picturesque market place with the Martin’s Fountain. The landmark of the town is the fabulous, 11th century Reichsburg castle, built on a cliff high above Cochem.
Cochem – things to do
Visiting Cochem and the Moselle area, you will not only get to know a charming medieval town amidst impressive scenery, but also bluish crater lakes in the nearby Eifel region, and marvelous historical cities like Trier and Koblenz. Countless castles, medieval ruins, monasteries, a historic mustard mill, a game and leisure park are also family friendly activities. The cosy Easter and Christmas Markets and the Cochem Castle Festival on the first weekend in August are enjoyable events. You may discover the nearby Pinnerkreuz Mountain by chairlift, or feel tempted to take a tour with the Mosel-Wein-Express. All along the river you can find bike paths, and for those who prefer to walk, there are beautiful hiking paths, vineyard trails and the Moselle promenade.
You should definitely add a wine tasting at one of the local winegrowers’ to your mental list. Wine lovers will get their money’s worth at numerous wine tasting events. The Wine Week in mid-June is a fantastic opportunity to discover more than 300 wines of the region, and of course the local wine growers are glad to organize wine tasting all year long, especially in September and October.
Cruising on the Moselle
Why not discover one of the most beautiful scenic river landscapes of the world by boat? Step on board of one cruising boat and glide past the fascinating terraces and the monumental structure of the Reichsburg. Cruises take you to various historic villages like Beilstein, Treis-Karden or Traben-Trarbach. Or even as far as Trier, Bernkastel-Kues, or Koblenz. And if you feel like rounding off the day with an evening cruise, a tasteful dinner, drinks, and live band entertainment will be included. For those who prefer to stay on solid ground, the old town of Cochem provides a nice variety of cozy wine bars.