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The ancient city of Koblenz is at a geographic nexus known as the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in the heart of the Mittelrhein region. Rivers and mountains converge here: the Mosel flows into the Rhine on one side; the Lahn flows in on the other a few miles south; and three mountain ridges intersect.
Founded by the Romans in AD 9, the city was first called Castrum ad Confluentes (Fort at the Confluence). It became a powerful city in the Middle Ages, when it controlled trade on both the Rhine and the Mosel. Air raids during World War II destroyed 85% of the city, but extensive restoration has done much to recreate its former atmosphere.
Koblenz at a Glance
- Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
- Festung Ehrenbreitstein
- Garten der Schmetterlinge Schloss Sayn (Garden of Butterflies)
- Kurfürstliches Schloss
- Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
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