17 Things to Do in Cochem Germany [Prettiest Castle in Europe??]

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Best Things to do in Cochem Germany 🏰 🍷

Looking for the best things to do in Cochem, Germany? As an 8 year expat in Germany, I’m obsessed with places like Cochem that offer incredible history merged with Nature. This charming town situated on the banks of Moselle River is often referred to as the “pearl” of the region, and it’s not hard to see why.

I love that it’s inclusive, Cochem even has a chairlift to carry people up to the top of the mountain to view the incredible Cochem castle (Reichsburg Castle).

Cochem Youtube : Walk with Ruby and I on a Cold Spring Day

But Cochem’s past is just as important as its present. Just by wandering around the incredibly picturesque side alleys, you can start to feel the weight of its history, from being besieged and occupied by the French to King Louis XIV to Napoleon’s army and even Prussian rule.

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But it’s all about Reichsburg Castle, one of the highest imperial hill castles on the Moselle River. It’s a beautifully restored medieval castle that will leave you in awe.

And the wine. Of course… wine tasting is a highlight of Cochem.

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From our last hiking trip to Cochem in 2023- It was so cold thankfully she kept me warm during my Riesling at Emilys on the Marktplatz. They’ve got blankets too, in case you don’t have a fluffy friend.

Read until the end where I’ll share tips on how to find cool activities that are off-the-beaten path!

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Cochem Germany Travel Guide

In this guide, I will first share with you some tips about Cochem such as:

  • How to get to Cochem
  • How long to stay in Cochem
  • How to get around in Cochem
  • Best time of year to visit Cochem
  • Where to stay in Cochem

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HOW TO GET TO COCHEM

By Train: Cochem is served by the DB Bahn and the main (only) station is right in the center of town. Trains are connected to Frankfurt, Mannheim, Trier, Koblenz and Luxembourg. 

When you book your transport online, I personally recommend and always use OMIO. They search for trains, buses, flights and ferries, so you get the easiest way to your destination! 

By Car: There are stunning back roads in the Mosel Valley that are worth a drive in all seasons.  What I really want to do is rent a convertible Porsche and zoom through this lowland mountain range and fairytale castle land.

By Flight: Frankfurt Hahn is the closest airport, only 35 minutes away. There are also 3 easy airports close to Cochem that take about 1.5 hours to drive to get there. The first is Frankfurt International Airport.  The second is Luxemburg International Airport.  And finally, Cologne-Bonn International Airport is also an easy drive.

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HOW LONG TO STAY IN COCHEM

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You can take public transport to the magical Mosel Valley, but a car is more ideal for exploring the many fairytale castles like Burg Eltz.

Most people coming to Cochem may only be here as a stop on one of the Moselle River boat cruises and that’s totally fine. You can see quite a few things in the space of an afternoon.

However if you really want to soak in the genuine German ambiance I would suggest 2-3 days to really see all that it has to offer.

ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO EXPLORE COCHEM?

Some of the best things to do in Cochem include:

  • Walk through the vineyard to the Reichsburg castle and take the tour
  • Ride the Sesselbahn (chair lift) to the top of Pinnerkreuz mountain
  • Have a delicious glass of local wine sitting in the half-timbered Marktplatz
  • Only in Cochem for a day? This Cochem tour will show you the very best

HOW TO GET AROUND IN COCHEM

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One of the best ways to get to know Cochem is by walking along the river and around the Altstadt, or Old Town.

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander through the narrow streets and admire the half-timbered houses.

Cochem also offers a very mild chair lift that rises ever-so-slowly up the steep side of Pinnenkreuz to a stunning overview of Cochem with a lovely cafe filled with the tinkling sounds of a water fountain.

You can also rent a bike or ebike, but the town is small enough for most people to enjoy it by foot. To reach other villages or towns on the Mosel River you can utilize the train and bus system, hike the Moselsteig, or go by bike or car.

When you book your car online, I personally recommend and always use Discover Cars. They search for both local and international companies, so you get the best deal! 

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT COCHEM

Year Round Fun – but mid-April through late October is the Best

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Mother’s day is my absolute favorite time to visit the Mosel River Valley. The canola oil fields are blooming a brilliant yellow and fruit trees are still in blossom.

The crowds haven’t come yet and you get to enjoy restaurants and wine tastings without reservations. However, the summer season can get quite crowded during the mid-day when the cruise ships have docked.

January through March is the low season and many hotels and restaurants are closed. 

WHERE TO STAY IN COCHEM

The absolute best place to stay in Cochem is the stunning Villa Vinum Cochem.

I loved that it is elegant, yet understated directly on the Moselle river and less than 5 minutes walk to the train and old town.  Dogs are welcome and breakfast is awesome.

Best Hotel in Cochem

Authentic in the HEART of Old Town

  • Restored Villa
  • Delicious Breakfast
  • Riverside

Getting to Know Cochem

Cochem is a town in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, located on the Moselle River. The town has a rich history dating back to the Celts and Romans. Cochem was established in the early 1000s and by 1332, it was granted town rights. The town made its wealth by collecting tolls from passing ships and built town fortifications that still stand today.

Let’s dive into the list and discover the best things to do in Cochem. Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a family with kids, there is no shortage of activities to keep you entertained.

TOP 17 THINGS TO DO IN COCHEM

For History and Architecture ❤️

Today, Cochem is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful scenery, historic architecture, and excellent wine.

1. Reichsburg Cochem – Germany’s Prettiest Castle

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One of the most iconic attractions in Cochem is the Reichsburg Castle, a medieval fortress that sits on a hill overlooking the town.

My favorite time to go there is near sunset as the fading sun shines directly on a gold plated mural and shines brightly. The castle has a long and storied history, having been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries.

You can take a guided tour of the castle, exploring its many rooms and learning about its fascinating past. The castle also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including medieval festivals and Christmas markets.

Reichsburg Cochem Castle Information

InformationDetails
LocationSchlossstraße 36, 56812 Cochem, Germany
HoursOpen daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (last admission at 4:30 PM)
Guided ToursGuided tours are available in German, English, French, Dutch, and Spanish.
Admission FeesAdults – €7.50, Children (6-14 years) – €4.50, Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) – €19.00
Group ToursGroup tours are available for a minimum of 15 people and must be booked in advance.
ParkingLimited parking is available near the castle, but it is recommended to park in the city and take a shuttle bus to the castle.
AccessibilityThe castle is not wheelchair accessible due to its historic architecture and steep stairs.
HighlightsThe castle offers stunning views of the Mosel River, a museum with historical artifacts, and a restaurant serving regional cuisine.

2. Amble the Altstadt (Old Town)

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The charming old town of Cochem is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. With its narrow streets, half-timbered houses, and quaint shops and cafes, it’s like stepping back into a fairytail.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the town, admiring the architecture and soaking up the atmosphere. Don’t miss the picturesque Marktplatz, where you’ll find the town hall and a beautiful fountain.

If you want to feel even more connected to Cochem’s history, I highly recommend taking a private guided walking tour with a professional guide. They’ll show you all the hidden gems that you might have missed otherwise. 

There you’ll also find the Cochem Germany Tourist Information booth.

🌟 This tour offers a fully private & customizable Cochem tour.

3. St Martin’s Kirche (Saint Martin’s Church)

Located in the heart of Cochem’s old town, St. Martin’s Church is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. The church dates back to the 15th century and features stunning stained glass windows, intricate carvings, and a towering spire. Visitors can attend services or simply admire the beauty of the building.

🏰 I made a full tour guide of the Rhine River Castles and Castle Ruins with GPS, history and architecture tidbits.

4. Kulturzentrum Kapuzinerkloster – Capuchin Monastery Since 1634

Cochem Things to Do Spiritual

If you’re looking for a unique and cultural experience in Cochem, then you have to visit the Kulturzentrum Kapuzinerkloster. I think it’s definitely one of the best things to do in Cochem.

When you step into this former monastery, you’ll feel the history and culture all around you. The exhibitions and events here are always changing, so you never know what you’ll discover. From art exhibitions to concerts, there’s always something interesting going on.

But it’s not just the events that make this place special. The architecture and atmosphere of the Kulturzentrum Kapuzinerkloster are truly unique. The cloister and chapel are particularly impressive, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you explore them.

5. Amble Under the Endertor Medieval Tower

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If you’re considering what to do in Cochem, the Endertor is one of the last remaining sections of the town’s medieval fortifications and worth a visit. This impressive gatehouse dates back to the 14th century and is a testament to the town’s rich history.

You can walk through the gatehouse and admire its sturdy stone walls and intricate carvings.

Restaurants in Cochem

I highly recommend the Greek restaurant located at the foot of Endertor, the service is warm and friendly and the food is delicious. If you get a lunch special, it’s enough for 2 people! Another great spot is San Christobal Cochem.

6. Bundesbank Bunker 

Are you wondering about what to do in Cochem Germany that is all about the Cold War?

The Bundesbank Bunker in Cochem is a fascinating piece of Cold War history that’s definitely worth a visit. This underground bunker was built in the 1960s to protect the German central bank’s gold reserves in the event of a nuclear attack. 

The bunker is located 30 meters underground and was designed to withstand a nuclear blast. It’s a massive facility that covers over 2,000 square meters and has multiple levels and rooms.

You can take a guided tour of the bunker and learn about its history and construction without reservation.

🥾 For Outdoor and Hiking Lovers

Cochem is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and one of the best ways to experience it is by exploring the Hunsrück region. The Hunsrück is a low mountain range that stretches across Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, and it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

things to do in Cochem Germany

The Saar-Hunsrück Steig is a long-distance trail that covers over 400 kilometers and offers breathtaking views of the region and the Moselsteig frames the windy Moselle River from the corner of Luxemburg-Germany-France to Koblenz.

Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker, cyclist, or nature lover, the Hunsrück has something to offer including the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park and is one of the best outdoor things to do in Cochem Germany.

This park covers over 10,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.

7. Ride the Cochem Chairlift – Cochemer Sesselbahn

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The Cochem Chairlift is a great way to see the area from above. The chairlift takes visitors to the top of the Pinnerkreuz mountain, offering stunning views of the town and surrounding countryside.  

InformationCochem Tourism : Details – Updated 2023
LocationEndertstraße 60, 56812 Cochem, Germany
HoursOpen daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Chairlift PricesAdults – €7.50 (round trip), €5.00 (one way), Children (6-14 years) – €4.50 (round trip), €3.00 (one way), Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) – €19.00 (round trip)
Group RatesGroup rates are available for a minimum of 20 people and must be booked in advance.
ParkingLimited parking is available near the chairlift, but it is recommended to park in the city and take a shuttle bus to the chairlift.
AccessibilityThe chairlift is not wheelchair accessible due to its location on a steep hillside.
HighlightsThe chairlift offers stunning views of Cochem and the Moselle River, and the top station has a restaurant and observation deck.

🚠 If you love riding non-ski chairlifts above rivers and vineyards, you can also ride the Assmannshausen chairlift or the Boppard chairlift.

8. Touch Nature at the Wildlife Park – 20 min walk from Chairlift

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The Wild- und Freizeitpark Klotten is a wildlife park that is home to over 60 species of animals, including bears, wolves, and lynx.

The park also has several rides and attractions, making it a great place for families looking for things to do in Cochem Germany.

👑 Also a great thing to do with kids is the Fairytale Self-Guided Tour Game.

9. Go Canoeing

The Moselle River is a great place for canoeing. There are several rental companies in the area, and many offer guided tours. Canoeing is a great way to see the area from a different perspective and get some exercise. Cochem Mosel canoeing is good for the entire family and pretty gentle.

🛶 This is my favorite guided canoe trip on the Moselle River. 🛶

10. Moselsteig Long Distance Hiking Trail

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The Moselsteig is a 365-kilometer trail that follows the Moselle River from Perl to Koblenz. The trail is divided into 24 stages, and hikers can choose to complete the entire trail or just a section. The trail offers stunning views of the river and surrounding vineyards.  My favorite here is to walk on the Moselsteig from Cochem to Beilstein due to the dramatic cliffs. Other sections of the Moselsteig include Moselsteig Route in Schweich and the Mosel River Valley walk in Mehring.

11. Cycling and Bike Tours : Cochem Travel

Cochem and the surrounding area are perfect for cycling. There are several bike rental shops in town, and many hotels offer bike rentals as well. There are several routes to choose from, including the Moselle River Cycle Path.  Sometimes in high water the bike path will be flooded.  In these spots you’ll have to use the road. 

🚴‍♀️ You’ll love this bike, wine and picnic boat tour

12. Go Cruising on the Moselle River

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A Moselle River Cruise is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. There are several companies that offer river cruises, ranging from short tours to full-day trips.

🛳️ This is my favorite Moselle Cruise

13. Get Your Thrills on the Calmont Klettersteig 

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This is perfect For People Who ❤️ Off-the-Beaten Path.  As someone who loves a good adrenaline rush, I highly recommend checking out the Calmont Klettersteig.

This via ferrata, or iron path, is located on the steep slopes of the Calmont mountain and offers stunning views of the Moselle River. The Calmont Klettersteig is not for the faint of heart – it’s a challenging climb that requires strength, endurance, and a head for heights.

But the views from the top are absolutely worth it. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you look out over the steepest vineyards in the world. 

For Food and Wine Lovers

14. Explore Cochem Wineries

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Cochem is a renowned wine region in Germany, and a visit to the town would be incomplete without experiencing its wine culture. Wine tasting is one of the top things to do in Cochem Germany.

You can explore the town’s wineries, participate in wine tours, and take a ride on the Mose-Wein-Express train to learn more about the region’s wine production. Cochem is home to several wineries, each with its unique wine selection, production methods, and history.

Some of the popular wineries in Cochem include:

Winery HaxelThis winery offers an educational and tasty wine tasting experience.
Wein- und Sektgut Georg Andre SöhneThis winery produces a variety of wines, spirits, and liqueurs.
Vinothek Walter J OsterThis winery has been producing wines for 15 generations and offers a range of spirits, brandies, and vinegars.

15. Wine Tours in Cochem

Wine tasting tours are an excellent way to explore Cochem’s wine region. Visitors can join guided tours that take them through the town’s vineyards, wineries, and wine cellars.

Click here to book my favorite wine tour in Cochem.

16. Choo-Choo!  Mosel-Wein-Express Train

The Mose-Wein-Express train is a fun and educational way to learn about Cochem’s wine culture. The train takes visitors through the town’s vineyards, wineries, and wine cellars. The tour includes wine tasting and a visit to the wine museum.  You can pick it up right on the main promenade in town. 

17. Cochem Wine Festivals 

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With over 44 different events this year alone, Cochem offers something for everyone related to its ethereal wine.  The slopes are steep but it’s not hard to find something fun for the whole family.  From tastings, family hikes, craft shows, kid’s theater…there’s nothing off limits to celebrate with wine in Cochem.

Find details here for Cochem wine and cultural festivals. 

18. Feel the Spirit at the Cochem Christmas Market

If you’re ready to get into the Christmas spirit then you’ve gotta visit Cochem Castle on December 9th and 10th, 2023! Trust me, it’s gonna be epic.

Picture this: the traditional Christmas story brought to life in the courtyards of the castle by actors in historical costumes and live animals. And let’s not forget the symbolic star of Bethlehem shining from behind the thick castle walls. You’ll follow along as the shepherds guide Mary and Joseph on their search for accommodation from inn to inn, with real sheep to warm you up by the fire.

But wait, there’s more! The highlight and final scene of this 25-minute guided tour is the stable in Bethlehem with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, as well as shepherds and animals around the manger. And get this, the archangel announces the birth of Jesus to a trumpet fanfare! It’s like a Christmas movie come to life.

Find details here for the Cochem Christmas Market.

19. Marktstrasse Shopping

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Marktstrasse is a pedestrian-only street lined with shops and cafes. Visitors can find everything from souvenirs to clothing to specialty food items on the market square. The street is also home to the 1739 Baroque town hall, Medieval stone clock tower, and a pretty fountain.

20. Day Trips from Cochem

Cochem, otherwise known as Cochem an der Mosel, is a great base for exploring the Moselle Valley and its surroundings.

Here are a few day trips you can take from Cochem:

Trier

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Trier, Germany’s oldest city, is probably one of the most underrated places in Germany. As a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site dating back 2,000 years, Trier boasts remarkable historical sites, charming architecture, and delicious food and wine.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Trier, Germany I’ve got you covered with the top 23 history and nature activities. It’s only a 1:20 minute drive.

Urzig

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Urzig is a charming wine village located just 45 min from Cochem. It is known for its steep vineyards and the Urziger Wurzgarten vineyard, which produces some of the best Riesling wines in the region. Visitors can take a stroll through the village’s narrow streets and admire its half-timbered houses, visit the local wine museum, or enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many wineries in the area.

Beilstein

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If you’re looking for a charming and picturesque town to visit near Cochem, then Beilstein is definitely worth a trip. I can tell you that this town has a unique character that’s hard to find elsewhere. Beilstein is often referred to as the “Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle” due to its well-preserved medieval architecture.

The narrow streets and half-timbered houses create a magical atmosphere that’s straight out of a fairy tale. The best things to do in Beilstein include exploring the ruins of the Metternich Castle, which dates back to the 12th century, or taking a stroll along the Moselle River and enjoy the stunning views.

But Beilstein isn’t just about its beauty – it’s also a great place to sample the local wines and cuisine. There are some fantastic restaurants and wine bars where you can indulge in the regional specialties while taking in the historic atmosphere.

To get there drive 10 minutes or take the boat downriver and get off on the Beilstein stop.

Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Rhine Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just a short drive from Cochem. Visitors can take a scenic drive along the river, stopping at charming villages like Rudesheim or Oberwesel and it only takes 1 hour.

Burg Eltz Castle & Easy Hike

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Beyond the Cochem Castle in Germany, the most famous fairytale castle in the area is Burg Eltz, which is located about 26 minutes northeast of Cochem. This fairytale castle is a must-see attraction in the Moselle Valley.  Eltz Castle is one of the most popular castles in the area, and the hike to the castle is a must-do for any visitor.

The hike is approximately 2.5 kilometers long and takes about 45 minutes. The trail is well-marked and offers stunning views of the castle and surrounding countryside.

Burg Eltz Flying Dress Photoshoot

For a unique experience, visitors can book a flying dress photoshoot at Burg Eltz. The photoshoot involves wearing a 18 ft long flowing dress that is thrown into the air for a dramatic effect.  The photoshoot takes place in the castle courtyard and is a great way to capture a memorable moment.

Contact Goddess Lens for booking.

Map of Cochem Germany

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Quick History 

Cochem was invaded several times throughout history and was overrun by the French in 1689. The original castle, Reichsburg, was left in ruins. It was rebuilt by Ravené in the 19th century, giving it a fairy-tale look that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Reichsburg Castle is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cochem. During World War II, Cochem was heavily bombed, and many of its historic buildings were destroyed.

However, the town has since been rebuilt, and its historic charm has been restored. 

Accommodation Options

Hotels and Inns

Looking for a cozy place to rest your head after a day of exploring Cochem? You’re in luck! There are plenty of places to stay in Cochem Germany. From hotels, to guesthouses and inns – the area that offer comfortable accommodations and a touch of local charm.

Hotel/Inn Name
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Price RangeFeatures
Hotel Karl Müller$ – $$Located in the heart of Cochem, offers stunning views of the Mosel River, and has a terrace and garden for guests to relax in.
Hotel am Hafen$$ – $$$Situated in a historic building, offers a continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a terrace with views of the Mosel River.
Hotel Villa Vinum Cochem$$$ – $$$$A boutique hotel with a wine theme, offers a wine cellar, wine tastings, and a terrace with panoramic views of the Mosel River.
Moselromantik Hotel Kessler Meyer$$$ – $$$$A romantic hotel with a spa, offers a gourmet restaurant, wine tasting, and stunning views of the Mosel River.

Each hotel and inn has its own unique features and amenities, so be sure to do your research and find the one that best fits your needs and preferences.

Cochem Camping and Glamping

If you’re looking to get closer to nature during your stay in Cochem, camping or glamping might be the way to go. There are several campgrounds and glamping sites in the area that offer a unique and sustainable travel experience.

Name & GPS 👎🏻Price RangeCamping Cochem Features
Campingplatz Cochem$ – $$Located directly on the Mosel River, offers tent and caravan pitches, a playground, and a restaurant serving regional cuisine.
Zeltplatz Cochem-Klotten$ – $$Situated in a quiet location near Cochem, offers tent and caravan pitches, a swimming pool, and a playground for children.
Camping-Schausten$ – $$Located in the above Cochem, offers tent and caravan pitches, a pub and restaurant serving regional cuisine, and stunning views of vineyards.

Whether you prefer roughing it in a tent or enjoying the comforts of a glamping site, camping in Cochem is a great way to connect with nature and experience sustainable travel.

FAQ Things to do in Cochem Germany

What is Cochem Germany known for?

Cochem, Germany is known for its picturesque location on the Moselle River and its well-preserved medieval architecture. The town is famous for its Reichsburg Castle, which dates back to the 11th century and offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding vineyards. Cochem is also known for its wine production, particularly its Riesling wines. The town has a charming old town with half-timbered houses, narrow streets, and historic churches. Additionally, Cochem is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, cycling, and water sports on the Moselle River.

How long to spend in Cochem?

The castle in Cochem is one of the best in Germany. From the stunning Reichsburg Castle to the picturesque Old Town, visitors can experience the best of Germany in one place. With so many things to do, visitors can easily spend 2-3 days Cochem and its surroundings.

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Final Thoughts on Things to do in Cochem Germany:

There are many ways to experience the romantic beauty of the Moselle Valley in Germany. Visitors can choose from a variety of transportation options, including boats, bikes, trains, and walking tours, to explore the region and take in its breathtaking scenery.

Best Things to do in Cochem Germany

Whether you are interested in history, culture, or outdoor activities, Cochem has something to offer. From hiking the Moselsteig to taking a ride on the Cochem Sesselbahn, visitors can experience the beauty of the Moselle River valley. The town is also home to some of the best wineries in Germany, where visitors can taste the local wines and learn about the winemaking process.

Overall, Cochem is a must-visit destination in Germany. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and welcoming locals, it is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. 


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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a physical therapist and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.



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