Cochem is a German port city that is reminiscent of a fairy tale storybook – ancient castles, rolling vineyards, and a historic city center filled with wooden homes. As such, it’s an incredible starting point for your next Moselle river cruise! Cruises that include Cochem are ideal for those who are interested in history, scenery, and Riesling wine, as those are the three things that the city is most famous for. If you’re excited by medieval castles, ancient ruins, charming old towns, scenic lookouts, and historic landmarks, then Cochem is the port city you’ve been looking for! With plenty of hiking opportunities, it’s also a great choice for active adventurers.
Several cruise lines offer cruises that visit Cochem, but CroisiEurope is the only cruise line that currently offers cruises departing from Cochem. Their sleek river ships MS La Boheme and MS Monet feature a series of cruises from Cochem to Western Europe. Depending upon your itinerary, ports of call may include Boppard, Rudesheim, Mainz, Strasbourg, and/or Breisach. Cruises range in length from 4- to 6-nights, providing you with a flexible selection. CroisiEurope is a value-friendly river cruise line that is best known for its gourmet French cuisine and incredible itineraries. Again, depending upon your itinerary, your ship may even overnight in Cochem before taking off for its final destination. A great time to visit Cochem is the warm season, which falls between June and September.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Cochem, along with a brief description:
♦ Reichsburg Castle
How would you like to experience spending time at one of the highest hill castles in Germany? Undoubtedly the most famous highlight of Cochem, Reichsburg Castle (or Imperial Castle) is a must-visit before or after your cruise. This majestic castle features striking neo-gothic architecture and a breathtaking interior with many furnished rooms. From the top of the hill, you can drink in the stunning views of the Moselle River and surrounding vineyards. If you’re visiting during the first week of August, you might be lucky enough to catch the “castle festival,” where you can enjoy medieval performances and artisan vendors. Guided tours are also available, where you can learn more about the fascinating history of this iconic fortress.
Cochem’s Altstadt is its enchanting old town that you simply cannot miss. Filled with colorful, half-timbered buildings and Baroque architecture, you’ll feel like you’ve instantly stepped back in time to the olden days when spending time here. Among some of the landmarks you can see in this area of town include town hall (built in 1739), the city’s original wall, three 14th century gates, the city’s original prison, and much more! It’s a great way to take in Cochem’s fascinating culture and traditions, and it also makes for some beautiful photo ops!
♦ Wineries and Vineyards
As mentioned above, Cochem is famous for its steep vineyards and production of Riesling wine. It only makes sense to check out its fascinating roots to wine while in town. A typical winery visit will include learning about the cultivation of Riesling grapes, as well as tours and tastings. There is also the option to partake in “wine hiking,” which involves hiking through Cochem’s vineyards and along the Moselle River as you discover native flora and fauna, archaeology, and other interesting topics. Guided wine hikes typically include a tasting.
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