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Holidays in Cochem area at the heart of romantic Moselle Valley

This enchanting area is synonymous with magnificent landscapes, romantic wine villages, a river valley, the blue crater lakes in the Eifel region and charming little towns such as Trier, Koblenz or Cochem. The opportunity to experience a holiday that offers such variety is one of the best features of the Cochem holiday region.

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1. Location of Cochem in Germany

The town of Cochem is located in the Moselle-Saar holiday region, approximately 52 km to the north of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).

The Moselle-Saar is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. Of the Rhine's tributaries, the Moselle is considered the loveliest. Idyllic wine villages perched on steep, vine-clad slopes, and romantic little towns with a medieval feel, such as Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues, lend the Moselle valley its unique character. Trier, over 2,000 years old, is the oldest town in Germany and its stone relics dating back to Roman times have now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Come and discover for yourself the jovial hospitality of local Moselle people — and don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious glass of that famous local Riesling. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar holiday region

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2. Points of Interest

Reichsburg – Cochem’s castle
Reichsburg – Cochem’s castle
With its thousand years of history, the Reichsburg is a real centre of attraction in the Cochem holiday region. From whichever direction you approach the town, the castle majestically reigns down from its steep peak, which rises over 100 meters over the Moselle. However, it is not only from the valley that it conjures up a magnificent sight, a tour of the inside with areas such as the knights’ hall, hunting room and heated ladies’ apartments is definitely worth a visit. From the castle you have a fantastic view over Cochem and the Moselle.
Tip: Enjoy a good old-fashioned spread, known in German as a “Gasterey” – Feast like ye old knights:
After a guided tour of the castle, experience a rustic meal fit for a knight in the castle’s cellar. Servants and maids in historic costumes will wait on you like nobility. Bread and dripping do the rounds while a hearty soup bubbles away in the pot. For the main course generous legs of meat will be served from the grill. Minstrels in historic dress provide amusement and music in the appropriate style.
Cochem Old town
Cochem Old Town
The numerous well-preserved remains of the historic town wall with its old fortifications still bear witness to Cochem’s lively past. For example the gate “Enderttor” with the former gatekeeper’s house dating from the year 1332, the defence tower with gate “Balduinstor” on the Kirchhofsmauer-Obergasse and gate “Martintor” with the parapet walk and one of the footpaths to the Reichsburg. Another eye-catching focal point is the Town Hall built in Baroque style in 1739 on the charming market square, the "parlour" with the “Martinsbrunnen” fountain and the old half-timbered, gabled houses tiled with Moselle slate in the narrow streets of the old town. The fountain “Bockbrunnen” on the Moselle promenade depicts a "Cochemer Stückelchen", an ironic narrative form recounting facts from the everyday lives of the inhabitants. Directly opposite is church “Martinskirche” with its striking tower, which you walk through to reach the pedestrian precinct on the other side. From the Moselle promenade you walk through the "Fuchsloch" (Fox Hole – a passageway which was once Cochem’s smallest city gate) to reach Bernstraße. On the bridge near the Tourist Information Office is a mosaic depicting the family tree of the town of Cochem. From the marketplace, old stone steps twist their way up to the Klosterberg. The Capuchin Monastery, which was built on top of a mountain spur around 1630, was used as a monastery until 1802 and now serves as the town’s cultural centre. To make your way up to the Reichsburg, the best way is to take the path via the "Tummelchen", an old grave mound complete with its "Zuckertürmchen" (sugar turret) that was used to guard the town boundaries and which stands on top of the remains of the historic town wall and has been preserved right down to the tip of the "Tummelchen”. When you make your way up the hill, it is worth making a quick detour to the “Weinbergshäuschen” (vineyard hut), a faithful replica of the original building.
Mustard mill in Cochem
Mustard mill in Cochem
Experience the almost 200-year-old mustard mill on a guided tour with expert mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens. Discover how this special gourmet mustard is created following self-created recipes that have been handed down through the generations.
Pinnerkreuz – panoramic view in Cochem
High up on the peak of the Pinnerberg, which can be easily and comfortably reached with the Cochem chair lift, is the Pinnerkreuz, a viewpoint that affords a fantastic view of the Moselle Valley. The name can be traced back to a shepherd who wanted to save one of his stray sheep from falling down the mountain and lost his life in his endeavours. The cross was erected in his memory. Tip: hike up through the vineyards up to the viewpoint. Behind the train station in Cochem a footpath leads to the Pinnerberg.
Winneburg castle ruins
In the valley “Enderttal”, the castle ruins of Winneburg dating from the year 1240 and built on top of a mountain ridge are also well worth a visit. In summer several knights’ rounds are held here in fine weather. The fun begins in Cochem where you leave the market place for one-hour hike up to the castle ruins in the company of a vigilante group. When you reach your destination, an entertainment programme fit for a knight awaits you, featuring music, costumed knights and rustic fare for young and old alike.
Coraidelstein castle ruins in Klotten
From the ruins of Coraidelstein, which was built in the year 960, you have a magnificent view of the village of Klotten and the Moselle Valley. The ruins can be reached via a path through the vineyards from Klotten.
Schlagkamp-Desoye wine museum in Senheim
Wine Museum
The wine museum with over 10,000 artefacts has one of the world’s largest collections of vintner’s apparatus, cellarman’s tools and wine treating equipment. Dieter Schlagkamp has been putting together this collection for over 30 years and it is on permanent exhibition in the banqueting hall of the estate, which was built in 1923.
Stuben Convent ruins in Bremm/Calmont
Stuben Convent
Across the way from Bremm and situated on a peninsula is the former Stuben Convent with its impressive church ruins. The complex was founded at the beginning of the 12th century by the Augustinian nuns of Springiersbach Monastery. Today, all that remains are the exterior walls, apart from the west wall. The convent is mainly used in the summer for open-air events. The view of the ruins from Calmont is especially impressive.
Metternich castle ruins in Beilstein
Metternich ruins
In the heart of the “Cochemer Krampen” in the small village of Beilstein the ruins of castle Metternich rise high above the village. From here you also have a splendid view out over the Moselle Valley.
Kreuzkapelle and relief in Ediger-Eller
On the Ediger Mountain is the chapel “Kreuzkapelle”, where a replica of the Renaissance relief “Christ in the wine press” dating from the 16th century can be found. You can reach it via the “Cultural Trail of the Religions”, starting from the area of Ediger in the village Ediger-Eller.
Roman Graves in Nehren
Roman Graves
The cultural trail “Römergräber” (Roman Graves) leads from Nehren through the vineyards up to the hill “Römerberg” and to the Roman grave temples.
Game and Leisure Park in Klotten
Game and Leisure Park
Enjoy a day at the game park that is packed with exciting experiences in the open air, guaranteeing fun and relaxation for the whole family. Covering some 300,000 square metres, the leisure park boasts a large number of attractions. A host of rides and fun attractions will even make adults feel like children again: Large trampoline area, various children's roundabouts , wild water roundabout, cable railway, water bobs, looping star, giant slide, rubber dinghy water slide, electric racecourse, motorised see-saw, roller-coaster and much more...
The collection of fauna encompasses a multitude of different animal and bird species, integrated into nature in large enclosures (e.g. parrots, rheas, emus, mountain goats, red deer, ibexes, fallow deer, to name but a few…).

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3. The Moselle’s Red Vineyard Peach

VineyardThe vineyards’ climatically advantageous, steep slopes also enable the cultivation of the red vineyard peach, originally introduced by the Romans, on the banks of the Moselle. This is now considered one of the most traditional delicacies in the “Terrassenmosel” winegrowing region. The delicate pink blossoms shimmer on the branches of the small peach trees in the springtime – at the end of March and beginning of April. The fruit is ready for harvesting in the autumn. By this time, the small, velvety peaches have developed an intense red flesh and are processed into jam, ice-cream, liqueur and brandies. Two festivals are dedicated to this special fruit each year - the Blossom Festival in the spring and the Day of the Red Vineyard Peach in the autumn. You can find the little trees below the Reichsburg in Cochem (Cochem Castle) and near the villages of Ernst and Ellenz-Poltersdorf.

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4. Riesling – Queen of the White Vines

Riesling WineThe most important type of grape grown in the Moselle region is the Riesling grape. 60 percent of the total vine area is planted with this late ripening, fine white wine variety. The reason for the dominance of this type of grape is its particular suitability for the cultivation area. The steep slate slopes in the Cochem holiday region provide ideal conditions for cultivating the Riesling vine. In the Moselle region, this results in particularly delicately fruity, minerally wines. We invite you to experience all the ingredients that make a holiday special and unique during visits to twelve picturesque wine villages and four other towns in the Eifel region. The villages and towns are Beilstein, Bremm, Briedern, Bruttig-Fankel, Ediger-Eller, Ellenz-Poltersdorf, Ernst, Klotten, Mesenich, Nehren, Senheim-Senhals, Valwig/Valwigerberg, Dohr, Faid, Greimersburg and Wirfus. Not forgetting, of course, the metropolitan town of Cochem with its imposing landmark, the Reichsburg – Cochem’s very own castle, whose history dates back some 1,000 years. Find out for yourself which town or village is your personal favourite! Every single one of them is beautiful and special in their own way, and they are all worth visiting for a holiday.

Wine tastingChoose from a whole host of musical and cultural events, an endless series of wine festivals, superior gastronomy ranging right the way through to star-winning cuisine and award-winning wines as well as fine spirits produced by over 150 winegrowers. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element thanks to the many wine tastings and wine-cellar visits, where they can experience how traditions relating to wine and wine-growing have been maintained to this day.

View on CochemWhether you are looking for peace and quiet, culture, nature or an active holiday, you have the choice of cycling by the river, walking or hiking along the kilometres of trails leading through vineyards while enjoying the views of ruins, castles and the Moselle. Incidentally, the Moselle area between the Calmont (the steepest vineyard in Europe), Metternich castle ruins in Beilstein, Reichsburg castle in Cochem and Coraidelstein castle ruins in Klotten is considered to be one of the most beautiful river landscapes in the world. The best way to explore the sights of the area is on a boat tour. We want to bring you a step closer to the beautiful places and special features of this holiday region to show you how much more you can experience during a stay in the Cochem holiday region: the Eifel, the Moselle, the Hunsrück, historical towns, countless castles and much, much more...

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5. Recreational Activities

Water-hiking on the Moselle
Why not explore the spectacular vine-growing landscape from a duck’s perspective? Simply hire a canoe in the villages of Ernst, Klotten, Eller, Bruttig-Fankel and Poltersdorf, all located in the holiday area of Cochem, and paddle to your heart’s content. There’s something for everyone, be it a taster tour, a day tour or multi-day tour!
Cyclists’ paradise
The holiday area of Cochem has everything to set cyclists' hearts racing, including the most scenic cycle paths, romantic stretches of river and inviting stops for refreshment. There are routes and tours to suit everyone: the bracing ascents in the Eifel and Hunsrück regions make for muscular calves, while a tour along the Moselle is perfect for those who prefer to take things a bit easier. Embark on a personal discovery trail armed with our range of excellent cycle path maps and tour suggestions for the enthusiastic and discerning alike.
Hiking and wine
Whether hiking along the Moselhöhenweg (Moselle High Trail) above the river, through the heart of the vineyards or along the Moselle itself, this activity is certainly taken seriously in the holiday area of Cochem. Fifteen themed hiking trails which are part of the Mosel.Erlebnis.Route offer hikers variety and the opportunity to explore topics as diverse as wine, archaeology, flora and fauna, religion, art and literature. The Calmont fixed rope route which scales Europe’s steepest vineyard provides more of an adrenalin-filled buzz. Partial routes and circular trails of between three and 15 kilometres are possible. We also offer guided tours with our WeinErlebnisBegleiter (WineExperienceExperts). These guided hikes usually include a wine tasting session – either in the midst of the vineyards or at a local winery, where you’ll discover exciting and interesting facts about wine and the cultural landscape of the Moselle region.

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6. Events Finder

Events in CochemThere is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.

11.1 Special Dates in Cochem

  • Easter market (2 weekends before Easter)
  • Blossom festival of the red Mosel-Weinberg peach (2nd Sunday of April)
  • Mosel-Wine-Week around the feast of Corpus Christi
  • Castle festival on the 1st weekend of August
  • Folklore and wine festival on the last weekend of August
  • Harvest festival of the red Mosel-Weinberg peach (2nd Saturday of September)
  • Federweisser festival 1st and 2nd weekend of November
  • Advent atmosphere & Christmas market

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7. Hotel & Holiday Flat Finder

Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.

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8. Brochures to Download

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9. How to get there from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

9.1 By Rental Car

Google Maps: Route from (A) Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to (B) Cochem
(52 km distance / 53 minutes driving time) » get directions

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9.2 By Bus

Buses run from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to Cochem.

Bus routes and timetables:

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Tourist Office Address

Ferienland Cochem
Endertplatz 1
56812 Cochem

Tel.: +49 (0) 26 71 - 60 04 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 26 71 - 60 04 - 44