Like a giant ship's bow, the "German Corner" divides the waters of the Rhine and Moselle. The mighty stone promontory at the confluence of the two great rivers is the landmark of Koblenz - meanwhile, in the city and on the shores around it, a colorful life pulsates.
The 37-meter-high equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I towers defiantly over the Deutsches Eck; since the statue was erected in 1897, Germany's first emperor has looked out from there over water and land beneath his bronze helmet. A little further south is the valley station of a cable car over the Rhine up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which stretches on a 180-meter-high rock plateau above Koblenz and was built with its mighty walls, gates and dark corridors in its present form starting in 1817. From there, the view goes far over the confluence of "Father Rhine" and "Mother Moselle" and over the sea of houses of the city, where there is no lack of joie de vivre and cheerfulness.
In Koblenz, which has a population of around 113,000, well-being and enjoyment are writ large. The many restaurants, pubs and cafés in the squares and alleys smell tempting, and after a stroll through the city, people simply enjoy sitting there with a coffee or a glass of wine. Afterwards, you might like to go shopping, for example in the Löhr-Center or the Forum Mittelrhein with its countless large flagship stores and fine little boutiques. If the weather is good, you are guaranteed to go to one of the beautiful promenades along the banks of the Rhine and Moselle, where joggers are out and about, connoisseurs rest on benches under old trees and travelers watch the Rhine ships. In the evenings, culture awaits in the city theater or comedy club, and in August, a very special spectacle: during the annual "Rhine in Flames" fireworks display, the Deutsches Eck and Kaiser Wilhelm are so magically illuminated that romantics' hearts swell.
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Cover photo: The mighty stone headland at the confluence of the two great streams is the landmark of Koblenz © Koblenz-Touristik GmbH/Dominik Ketz
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