The Rhineland Sights

Festung Ehrenbreitstein

  • Felsenweg Map It
  • Koblenz
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/23/2016

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Europe's largest fortress, towering 400 feet above the left bank of the Rhine, offers a magnificent view over Koblenz and where the Mosel and the Rhine rivers meet. The earliest buildings date from about 1100, but the bulk of the fortress was constructed in the 16th century. In 1801 it was partially destroyed by Napoléon, and the French occupied Koblenz for the next 18 years. For an introduction to the fortress and its history, head for the Besucherdienst (visitor center). English-language tours are for groups only, but you can often join a group that is registered for a tour.

A Seilbahn (cable car) carries you a half mile from Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer over the river to Ehrenbreitstein, with spectacular views of the Deutsches Eck below. Lifts can accommodate 7,000 passengers in an hour, and operate continually throughout the day from a half-hour before the site opens until a half-hour after it closes.

Sight Information


Felsenweg, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, 56077, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • Fortress €6, Seilbahn ride round-trip €9, combined ticket €11.80
  • Mid-Apr.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–mid-Apr., daily 10–5; year-round free access to grounds

Published 04/23/2016


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