A medieval Fortress in Koblenz

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Ehrenbreitstein on the Rhine River
Ehrenbreitstein on the Rhine River

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Festung Ehrenbreitstein is a fortress on the same-named mountain on the right side of the Rhine River, opposite the town of Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide) in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz was built as the backbone of the regional fortification system, Festung Koblenz, by Prussia between 1817 and 1832. It has guarded the middle Rhine region, an area that had been repeatedly invaded by French troops..

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Festung Ehrenbreitstein sits 118 meters above the Rhine River, and this fortress at Koblenz is currently one of the best preserved fortresses in all of Germany.

To get to the fortress from Koblenz, take a short ferry ride across the Rhine River from the Koblenz Altstadt. There the fort sits on top of a mountain overlooking the entire area. There is a lift that brings you up the hill to the fort.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz, Germany

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Additional travel info

If you're going by car: Coming from the B42, turn left (from Vallendar) or right (from Lahnstein) into Charlotte Street (the sign toward Niedernberg follow). This road will take more and more (about seven kilometers). Shortly before the pedestrian crossing, turn left onto Frisensstrasse from (here is the way to the sign). Go ahead until you reach a road, the main go. Here turn left and continue as long as the road (about three kilometers) to you directly on the park grounds of the fortress are.

Coming from Westerwald turn right direction Urbar (the fort is signposted) and drive this road, the main street, according to park on the grounds of the fortress are.


  • Adults 1.10 €
  • Groups of 10 or more 0.60 € per person
  • Kids 6-14 0.60 € per person
  • Groups of 10 kids or more 0.50 € per person

Tours are available from March - November daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. hourly

Contact Information

Email: info@festungehrenbreitstein.de

Related Links

Wikipedia: Ehrenbreitstein


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