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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?
Are there any cultural highlights, museums?"Bitte Schoen, Would you please identify the three statues of town people: old village woman who comes in with bag to bring back stories of latest events in Cochen. Man with top hat sitting holding bowl. Man standing holding horn in right hand. Danke" (posted 02/08/2016)
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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"We are travelling by train. We have reserved a room at Pension Schneider which is 1.4 miles from the train station. is it possible to walk there or is there a lot of traffic. Also are there taxis or local busses. Thank you" (posted 06/10/2017)
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"Hi, There are 3 of us coming to visit Cochem on 9/5/14 for a day trip. First, we will go to the Cochem Old Town, then will go and visit Reichsburg castle. After that, we will head to Pinnerburg for a chairlift. May I know, is the itinerary doable walking? Or is there any part of the visit that I need to take a train to reach? Can you please kindly show me the route, how to go from the Reichsburg castle to the chairlift destination. Last, can I purchase the chairlift ticket on the spot instead of online booking? Thanks!" (posted 04/01/2014)
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Are there any points of interest or local attractions?"What is the "horse & man statue fountain"?" (posted 06/05/2014)
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Cochem
[ source: Wikipedia ]
The castle of Cochem was first mentioned in 1130. It was destroyed in 1689. In 1868 Jakob Louis Ravené purchased the ruins for 300 Gold Marks and rebuilt it to its present form. Since 1978 the castle has been owned by the town of Cochem. The contours of the neo-gothic building rise more than about 330 ft above the river Moselle on an outstanding hill. Guided tours are available from 9am - 5pm daily (may be different during winter).
Admission: Adults: 4.50 €, Children (6-17 years) 2.50 €, Family Ticket 12 €. A medieval-style dinner in Cochem Castle is offered and must be booked in advance. The price is 41.50 € per person.
Historic Mustard Mill
Mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens produces various types of outstanding gourmet mustard according to choice, time-honored recipes and processes at one of the oldest mustard mills in Europe, established in 1810. Demonstrations and sampling.
Hours: open daily from 10am - 6pm. Tours are available at 11 am and 2, 3, and 4pm.
Schlagkamp-Desoye Wine Museum
The Wine Museum in Senheim, 18km from Cochem, features one of the world's largest collections of vintners', coopers' and winemakers tools with more than 10,000 exhibits housed in a winery built in 1923. The VinArena, the outdoor area which forms part of the museum, provides lots of interesting information on viticulture, past and present. Visitors can also walk along the small terraces and narrow paths of the vineyards.
Hours: Open daily 10am - 4pm from Easter to November.
Admission: 3 € which includes a glass of wine.
[ source: City of Sennheim ]
Senheim Sculpture Park
Senheim Sculpture Park, 15 km from Cochem, is an open-air museum set in a tributary valley of the Moselle. Created in 1999 by four artists, the park now extends from the banks of the river up into the vineyards and contains artworks which add new, thought-provoking dimensions while bringing new life to the countryside and villages. The series of artworks is complemented by the granite sculpture of an artist who lived and worked in this region.
The old quarter
In the bustling old quarter of Cochem, the timber-framed houses, the market square with its baroque town hall and Martins-Brunnen, St. Martin's Church and the former Capuchin monastery (now an arts centre) have been well preserved and lovingly restored. Sections of the old town walls have also been well maintained, including the historical Enderttor, Mäusetor and Balduinstor town gates. The Cochem tourist office has maps and more information.
Cochem Chair Lift (Sesselbahn)
Ride via chair lift up to one of the most panoramic viewpoints over Cochem, the
Pinner Kreuz. Besides open double chairs, there are also cabins that can be closed according to the weather conditions. After 360 meters at a speed of 0.8 meters per second you will reach the top station, 255 meters above sea level. Optional walking excursions from the top point are to a Leisure and Wildlife Park or main villiage of Klotten, where a ferry back to Cochem is available.
Hours: Open mid-March to mid-November; check website for specific hours.
Admission: Adults start at 4.30 € one-way, Children from 1.90 €.
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Travel Insider Tips for Cochem
Cochem is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany, capital of the district Cochem-Zell. It is situated in the valley of the Mosel, at the foot of a hill surrounded by a feudal castle, the Reichsburg, dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards.
Things to See in Cochem
Reichenburg Cochem-completed in 1130; castle was under the Palatine war of succession by troops of the French King Louis XIV occupied and destroyed in 1689. Since 1978 the city itself has taken to its caring
Pestkapelle St. Roch
Pfarrkirche St. Remaclus
Kapelle Zu den drei Kreuzen
City Hall and the old market square with Martin Wells
Chairlift to Pinnerkreuz
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More about the History of Cochem
In 1688, King Louis XIV of France; during his invasion of the Rhine and the Moselle, swept in and captured Cochem Castle. His troops completely occupied the area and on May 19, 1689 they destroyed Cochem castle by setting it afire, undermining it and blowing it apart. Not satisfied with just the castle the town of Cochem was almost destroyed also. During World War II, the operations staff of the underground subcamp Zeisig of the Natzweiler concentration camp between the villages Bruttig and Treis was located here. At its height, 13,000 people were imprisoned. They provided slave labour for Bosch, which made war-important spark plugs, ignition systems and glow plugs under brutal conditions.
[ source: Wikipedia ]
Cochem is the capital of the district Cochem-Zell in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is situated in the valley of the Moselle River, at the foot of a hill surrounded by a feudal castle, the Reichsburg, dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards. There are numerous sites to visit in Cochem, but no itinerary should skip the Moselle Promenade, the city hall and old market square, and the Cochem Castle.
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