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An ancient city even by European standards, Koblenz was founded by the Romans in 9 AD. The strategic location, where the Rhine and the Mosel meet, probably had something to do with it. Much of it had to be rebuilt after the Second World War, but some old favorites survived and remain popular tourist attractions.
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  • Although Koblenz is on the east bank of the Rhine, the Festung Ehrenbreitstein sits on the west bank. Europe's largest fortress, it stands 400 feet above the river. The earliest building here dates to the 11th century.
  • Zum Weissen Schwanen, a pub that opened in 1693, serves traditional food along with local wines.
  • St. Castor's Church is where the treaty of Verdun was signed in 842, six years after the church was consecrated. The Romanesque structure is also home to a fountain commemorating Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign.


  • The Rhine in Flames festival, a nighttime boat procession with fireworks, takes place in early August.
  • The Horizonte world music festival is held in the Ehrenbreitstein in late July.

Side Trips

  • Thanks to Koblenz's riverside location, a day trip by boat to Winningen's terraced vineyards is an easy jaunt.
  • Wine and snacks are served in the Burg Thurant, a 12th-century structure in Alken, 14 mi/23 km south of Koblenz.

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