Koblenz - Germany
Koblenz, one of Germany's oldest cities, lies at the junction of the Rhine and the Moselle River (hence its Roman name, Confluentes). It is squeezed in between the two rivers and is surrounded by spurs from the Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald, and Taunus mountains. Riverboats can berth at the embankment on either river, both very close to the old town. The point where the two rivers meet is called the Deutsches Eck (German Corner), site of a settlement founded in 1216 by German Knights. It features an impressive monument dedicated to Kaiser Wilhelm I and several other historical monuments (including pieces of the Berlin Wall). Across the river is Ehrenbreitstein, a monumental fortress situated 120m above the meeting point of the Rhine and Moselle rivers which now houses a history and folklore museum. Koblenz is a pleasant town with nice squares and humorous statues that can be explored on foot. Sights include the old fortress (1280-87) and the rebuilt Electoral Palace (1780-86), medieval churches including St. Castor's (836), the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and St. Florin's (both 12th century)and the Town Hall (1690-1700). Other notable buildings include the rebuilt Deutschherrenhaus (1216), the Metternich house and the Municipal Theatre (1787). Koblenz was a Roman town founded in 9 BC. It was a Frankish royal seat in the 6th century and was given to the archbishops of Trier in 1018 by the Holy Roman emperor Henry II. It was chartered in 1214. After passing to Prussia in 1815, it was the capital (1824-1945) of the Prussian Rhine Province. After World War I it was the seat of the Inter-Allied Control Commission for the Rhineland (1919-29). Most of Koblenz was destroyed in World War II, but many of its historic buildings have been restored. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.