Koblenz: The Rhine’s Fortress

The intersection of the Rhine and Moselle River is called the German Corner (Deutsches Eck) because of its strategic importance for protecting western Germany.In 1897 the Germans built a massive monument at the German Corner to honor their Emperor William I who had died a few years earlier.

Across the Rhine from where the Moselle flows into the Rhine, the German’s built the massive Ehrenbreitstein Fortress at the beginning of the 19th century. It was never captured and served as a home for a few lucky Koblenzers during World War II. It was only bombed once. Much of the population of Koblenz is still military. Most visitors tour the fortress and get there by taking a cable gondola across the Rhine and up the promontory. Sometimes the weather adds to the mystery of a place and so the fog somehow made the gondola ride and tour more atmospheric.

After our visit to the fortress and another tasty lunch on the ship, Donna walked around the town and I took a bike ride with the Peter from the ship staff (masseur, yoga instructor, wellness coach and tour guide) sixteen miles along the Rhine. Unfortunately it was All Saints day and in the Catholic town the store were all closed.

For me it was time to experiment with the Yi Action Camera (a Chinese version of the GoPro). Unfortunately, the experiment was not that successful. As you will see, I didn’t have it level on the bike helmet! Next time I will do better.

The ride took us down the Moselle to the Deutsches Eck and along Koblenz’s beautiful Rhine waterfront with large homes and small inns. The holiday and the cool afternoon brought out many locals and tourists. After we left the city we rode parallel to the train tracks riding through some small towns and viewing the large Marksburg castle which houses the German Castle Association. Most of those on the SS Antoinette took the premium tour to this castle instead of the bike tour.

Riding back we got a great view of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from a different angle. Our luxury boat stayed put that night in Koblenz until early morning so the next stretch of our cruise would be in daylight and we could see the Castles of the Rhine. More on that…next!

 

 

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