Where is Koblenz located in Germany?

Koblenz is located in the German state (Bundesland) Rhineland-Palatinate and third largest city of the state after Mainz and Ludwigshafen. It is also close (55 mi/90km) to Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, which is located north of Koblenz.

What airports service Koblenz? How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

Koblenz is located within one hour traveling time of three major German airports:

-Frankfurt Airport, which is one of the world`s major intercontinental hubs and home of Lufthansa (66 miles)
-Hahn Airport, served by low-cost airlines (52 miles)
-Cologne-Bonn Airport, one of Germany`s largest airport and the main base of Lufthansa`s low-fare subsidiary, Eurowings (51 miles)

From any of the above airports, you can rent a car or go by train.

How do I get from the train station to my hotel?

The Koblenz Hauptbahnhof (central station) lies on a major rail line, with frequent connections to important German cities. For train information, prices, and schedules, call tel. 01805/996633 or visit www.bahn.de. Thirty trains per day arrive from Frankfurt (trip time: 2 hr. and direct trains: 1 ½ hr.), direct train from Frankfurt airport is 1 hour, 11 mins. There are 16 trains from Berlin (trip time: 8 1/2 hr.). Trains also arrive every 30 minutes from Cologne (trip time: 45 min.-1 hr.).

Once you arrive at the station, visitors will find bus links into the city and surrounding areas, or have the option of hopping straight onto a 1-minute train to Koblenz Stadmitte, a small station in the city center.

How do I get to Koblenz by car?

Three German motorways lead to Koblenz: A3, A48 and A61. Parking in the center of Koblenz is sometimes restricted according to time. Park and ride is available. The train station has a parking garage, as does the Löhr Center. Pay attention to closing times at the Löhr Center parking garage: it closes shortly after the shops, typically catching at least a few tourists unaware.

I will have a car in Koblenz, where can I park?

Parking on-streets is limited in the city center of Koblenz. You can find unlimited parking in the car parks/parking garages. Parking rates typically cost around €1.50 per hour.

Car parks Koblenz:

P1 - Parkhaus Schloss - Neustadt 30 - 56068 Koblenz
P2 - Parkhaus Schängel Center - Gymnasialstraße - 56068 Koblenz
P3 - Parkhaus Altlöhrtor - Altlöhrtor 14 - 56068 Koblenz
P4 - Parkhaus Josef-Görres-Platz - Gerichtsstraße - 56068 Koblenz
P5 - Parkhaus Rhein-Mosel-Halle - Julius-Wegeler-Straße - 56068 Koblenz
P6 - Löhr-Center Koblenz - Hohenfelder Strasse - 56068 Koblenz
P7 - Parkhaus Obere Löhr - Karthäuserstrasse - 56073 Koblenz
P8 - Parkhaus Hauptbahnhof - Markenbildchenweg - 56068 Koblenz
P9 - Parkhaus Am Saarplatz - Am Saarplatz 1 - 56068 Koblenz

Is Koblenz a walking city?

The city itself is quite small and easily accessible on foot.

How do I get around Koblenz by public transportation?

Buses leave from the central train station (usually between 5:30am and 11:00pm) and will take you to most parts of Koblenz. The city is served by 10 main bus lines. Fares cost around €1.70 to €2.50 depending on how far you go, pay on the bus (bus drivers will assist passengers with the proper ticket, though most tourists will stay in the central zone and pay the cheaper fare).

You can reach Festung Ehrenbreitstein by taxi, bus, or by taking a ferry across the Rhine River and walking up the walled access road to the fortress. You can also ride a chairlift (Sesselbahn) to the top of the fortress.

Is Koblenz an area that can be explore by bike?

Cycling around Koblenz and the surrounding areas is a great way to see and discover the city. There are Bike rentals that can be found throughout town that both rent and offer bike tours.

The area along this part of the Middle Rhine is buzzing with cyclists (you can ride all the way to Basel, Switzerland) and explore miles of scenic beauty along the river`s bank by bike. Koblenz is the start or destination of the approximately 175 mile long Moselradweg cycle path that goes along the riverside to/from Metz. The path leads through the beautiful Riesling wine landscape and follows the river in all its twists and turns offering a variety of landscapes to discover. Another great cycling path in the city is the Rheinradweg. On the Rheinradweb from Koblenz, cyclist can discover the beauty of the `Upper Middle Rhine Valley` UNESCO world heritage site and enjoy the unique river landscape with its picturesque towns and villages on both sides of the Rhine.

Is Koblenz a dangerous city?

The city is considered to be a safe place in general. As always, we suggest taking the usual precautions to avoid being targeted by criminals, such as keeping valuables out of view and not flashing valuables. Common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe. Beware of pickpockets, mostly in crowded buses and in the pedestrian streets.

Can I pay/tip in US dollars?

The currency used in Koblenz and all of Germany is the euro (€), US dollars are not accepted. ATMs and banks can be located all throughout town.

We recommend that you exchange a small amount of cash prior to your trip, enough for a cab ride or basic spending on arrival. It is also useful to remind your bank and credit card company that you will be travelling to make sure your cards will work while in Germany. We recommend you record all your credit card numbers, as well as the phone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen.

Under the euro system, there are seven notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. Notes are the same for all countries. There are eight coins: 1 and 2 euros, plus 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents.

Banks and other government agencies are working on weekdays, from 8:00 - 8:30 am to 5:00 - 6:00 pm. During the day, small lunch break is possible. Some large banks can operate on Saturdays, but the time will be reduced significantly.

Almost all major shopping centers, restaurants and hotels accept service payment with credit cards. They deal with cards of international standard. Large amounts of cash are necessary to those only, who hope to make purchases in markets or in small retail pavilions.

You can exchange money not only in banks and private exchange offices, but also in the department of the General Post Office. It operates seven days a week and around the clock, but the exchange rate at the post office is not the most profitable.

In Germany, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa are commonly accepted, with the latter two cards predominating. Note that many banks now assess a 1% to 3% `transaction fee` on all charges you incur abroad (whether you`re using the local currency or your native currency).

What is the weather like? When is the best time to visit?

The climate of Koblenz is classified as warm and temperate. Weather can be cool at times, but will not be freezing even during the peak winter times. There is no specific rainy season and so, you can expect showers any moment.

Summer (June - August): The summers are warm and the temperatures vary from 68°F to 75°F on a maximum and 52°F to 57°F on a minimum. This is the peak season to visit Koblenz when the Rhine-Valley is at its best, make sure to book ahead.

Winter (December - February): Winters are mild and slightly cold. The maximum temperature is around 40°F while the minimum is 30°F to 34°F on an average. This is basically off-season for tourists in Koblenz, a great time to go if you are looking to save money.

Spring (March - May): Spring sees a temperature between 50°F to 66°F max and 35°F to 48°F min. This is also a good season to visit Koblenz.

Autumn (September - November): Like spring, even autumn has large variations in the temperature. They average high and lows range around 46°F to 50°F and 37°F to 52°F respectively.

I don`t speak German. Will many people speak English?

German is the official language spoken in Koblenz. Hotel and restaurant staff in Koblenz likely speak enough that you can communicate your order or check into your hotel, but it`s always polite to at least try the local language. Younger people will more likely be able to speak English opposed to the older population, but general rule is hit and miss - depending on what type of school they went to. We suggest you get a good English-German guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.

What is the food/drink like?

In addition to numerous restaurants serving regional German cuisine, Koblenz offers its guests a variety of international cuisine and interesting gastronomic restaurants.

Being that Koblenz is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (the south-western part of Germany) the specialties of the area are identified as such, a very hearty cuisine. A list of foods and dishes in Rhineland-Palatinate are listed below

Leberknodel: Liver Dumplings

Sauerbraten: a roast (usually beef or venison) that has been marinated for 3 to 4 days in a marinade of vinegar, wine, vegetables, and various spices. Marinating the meat acts as a tenderizer, resulting in tender, juicy meat.

Dampfnudel: Made from yeast dough and formed into balls, the balls are cooked in a pot with a little liquid. As the liquid boils, it both cooks and steams the Dampfnudel. The result is a Dampfnudel with a crispy bottom and soft top.

Bratkartoffeln: Pan Fried Potatoes that are typically served with a number of dishes, such as Schnitzel, any sausage (such as Bratwurst, Weisswurst, etc.).

Zwetschgenkuchen: Plum Cake

Zweibelkuchen: Onion Cake

Bratwurst: Most often refers to a sausage made from pork in a natural casing and is grilled or fried in a pan.

Handkäse: A sour curd cheese that belongs to the oldest kind of cheeses. Traditionally, it was produced in home kitchens - when milk curdled and got thick, the curds were removed and formed into small rolls by hand. This is where the name `Hand Cheese` came from. Once formed, they were then placed next to a warm stove to dry and ripen.

What to drink? Koblenz is located in the wine area of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, mostly known for dry white wines, but also producing dry red wines, and in Germany, trying the beer is also a must. Southern and northern German beers differ in the proportion of hops and malt. More hops makes the beer more bitter, and this region is known for a higher percentage of hops. `Königsbacher` and `Koblenzer` are made by a local brewery.

What is there to do for nightlife?

Performing Arts: The Rheinische Philharmonie Orchestra performs in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Schlossstrasse 35 (www.rheinische-philharmonie.de), which also hosts other performances. Check for listings, dates, and prices of other performances. The Stadttheater (City Theater), housed in the Grossehaus, Dinehartplatz (www.theater-koblenz.de), stages dramas, comedies, and musicals (in German) September to June. The box office is open daily 9am to noon. Tickets cost around €20 to €55, but can increase depending on the event.

What are the best areas for shopping?

The city offers a variety of specialty shops and souvenir shops. Koblenz has two big shopping malls (Löhr-Center and Forum Mittelrhein) with some 130 shops, located in the city center. There are also many downtown shops on or near Löhrstraße. Also check out Old Town and Schlossstraße for great shopping options.

Tax Information: VAT is currently at 19%. Travelers who live outside the European Union can obtain a tax refund (www.globalblue.com) on goods bought in Germany by submitting the purchased goods and the original receipt to the customs office at the airport. The export certificate should then be taken to any of the five counters after the security check, where a cash refund is obtained. Note that a small fee will be charged on all refunds.

How do I call Germany from the U.S.?

First dial 011, the U.S. exit code. Next dial 49, the country for Germany, then the area code (2-5 digits), and finally the phone number (3-9 digits).

What should I do if I need medical assistance or need to go to a hospital?

Important phone numbers in emergency (dial without any local prefix all over Germany/always free of charge):

Medical emergency and fire department, dial 112

Police, dial 110

German medical facilities are among the best in the world. If a medical emergency arises, your hotel staff can usually put you in touch with a reliable doctor. If not, contact the American embassy or a consulate; each one maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Medical and hospital services aren`t free, so be sure that you have appropriate insurance coverage before you travel.

Hospital: Bundeswehr Center Hospital, Rübenacher Str. 170, 56072 Koblenz, Germany, Tel. +49 261 28189