Day 1 in Koblenz

Welcome to Koblenz! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!

Start your afternoon with a lunch to fuel up for your day of sightseeing. Koblenz has a ton of lovely cafes that serve up some great local food. After lunch, it`s time to discover the romantic city center. Koblenz ranks among Germany`s oldest cities, bursting with sights from the past 2,000 years. Follow the maze of alleys and streets past the spectacular Basilica of St. Castor, which dates back to 836 and was once an important meeting of emperors and kings, and the Romanesque Church of Our Lady and its two iconic onion-shaped towers that dominate the Koblenz skyline.

Not far from the here is the mega-modern Forum Confluentes, a six-level space that houses the tourist information office, the Middle Rhine Museum, the City Library and the Romanticum, an interactive multimedia exhibition where visitors can discover the cultural history, the legends and myths and sights of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

End your afternoon with a visit to the Electoral Palace. The 18th-century building is considered one of the region`s most important palaces built in French early neoclassicism style, and the on-site café is a great place to stop for a coffee of snack. Continue your stroll through the lavish gardens and along the Rhine waterfront.

Head to Deutsches Eck (German corner) for sunset. The corner marks the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers and a popular strolling promenade both for locals and tourists. A monumental statue of Emperor Wilhelm I stands high above it to commemorate the ruler with unified Germany after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

As evening approaches, grab some dinner at any of the delicious restaurants in town before heading back to your hotel for a restful night sleep.

Day 2 in Koblenz

Grab a quick bite to eat at one of the many local bakeries in town and start your day with a trip on the Koblenz` cable car, a must-do during your visit! The lift not only provides a fabulous view of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, but it will also take you straight to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress.

This structure sits at a height of 387 feet on a bank of the River Rhine. An early Roman fortification was replaced by a Conradian fort, which was said to be indestructible. It proved to be true until Napoleonic troops seized the fortress and blew it up in 1801. When the Rhineland region became a Pressian province in 1815, the reconstruction of the fortress as a strategic military post was made a priority. Make sure to check out the archaeological and historic artifacts at the State Museum of Koblenz housed in the fortress.

Take the afternoon embarking on a scenic cruise across the rivers Rhine and Mosel. Boats from Koblenz go southwards all the way to Mainz and northwards till Cologne, both routes offering views of a series of hilltop castles, romantic vineyards and the chance to hop off at any stop to explore picture-perfet towns.

In the evening enjoy sampling some wines of the area. Both the Rhine Gorge and Moselle Valley boast vine-clad hills that produce some of the best wines Germany has to offer. Several traditional wine growers in Koblenz offer tours to visitors, while countless wine bars and taverns entice visitors with a range of delicious wines produced locally.

For dinner, we suggest a visit to the Weinhaus Hubertus that resides in one of the city`s oldest half-timbered houses. Here, you`ll find a cozy atmosphere with rustic wood-panelled walls, old furniture and a fireplace. The restaurant offers a great place to enjoy regional specialties and a selection of carefully choosen wines from the region that are sourced directly from local winemakers.

Day 3 in Koblenz

Rise and shine! Start by fueling your day with a traditional local breakfast. Afterward, head over to the old Mittelrhein Museum, once the old town hall and now an art gallery of 19th-century romantic English and German landcape paintings depicting the Rhine River. Above it you will see the Augenroller, or `eye roller,` which rolls its eyes on the half-hour and sticks out its tongue on the hour. See the new modern Mittelrhein Museum in the same building as the Romanticum.

If the weather allows, spend the afternoon cycling around Koblenz and the surrounding areas. This is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore more of this part of Rhineland-Palatinate. The region has excellently signposted cycle paths that lead through beautiful winegrowing landscapes along the Rhine and Moselle River. Inns and restaurants invite you to stop in along the way.

Alternatively, spend a relaxing afternoon shopping through the city. Koblenz has two shopping centers available: the new Forum-Mittelrhein on the Zentralplatz with around 80 shops, restaurants and cafes; and the Löhr-Center in the Hohenfelderstraße which also offers a huge selection of stores. There are also many downtown shops on or near Löhrstraße. Also check out Old Town and Schlossstraße for great shopping options.

Spend your last evening enjoying some performing arts offered in the city. The Rheinische Philharmonie Orchestra performs in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle which also hosts other performances. Also, the Stadttheater (City Theater), housed in the Grossehaus, Dinehartplatz, stages dramas, comedies, and musicals (in German) September to June.

Additional Days in Koblenz

Should you be able to spend additional days in Koblenz, take a day trip to discover the region around Koblenz in the Rhine Valley, there are several interesting small towns close by. Andernach is located just 12 miles north of Koblenz, a lovely German town with plenty of shops, restaurants and lots of history to discover. Rhens is another charming town close by along with Boppard, Braubach and St. Goar, home to the famous`Loreley`, the narrowest and once the most dangerous part of the Rhine for ships.

Your Last Day in Koblenz

Depart your hotel for the airport for your return home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer, if so a representative will meet you at the hotel, in time to take you to the airport for your flight out.