Koblenz is a destination that is often featured on Rhine cruises however it is perhaps not as well known as other locations on the route even if it is an extremely interesting city both in terms of culture and history.
Situated on the banks of the famous Rhine River, Koblenz is often part of a holiday that also includes Bonn and Cologne to name just two that can be visited while sailing down one of the most famous rivers in the world. However, what can you get out of a stop off and excursion in Koblenz itself.
As far as cities go it is not particular big with a population of just over 100,000 however it is extremely old, ancient even, with its roots being traced back over 2000 years. Some particular highlights in the city are military based and it has been heavily fortified over the centuries, especially the old city.
Other sites in the city include the Basilica of St. Castor a church that was originally built in the 8th century AD even though the majority of the current structure dates to the 13th century. This whole part of the town heavily features old buildings such as the Liebfrauenkirche and the current town hall which all have very interesting architecture.
Marksburg Castle is one Popular Cruise Excursion
One particularly interesting excursion that most cruise lines will offer is to Marksburg Castle which is situated close by and offers fantastic scenic views of the whole area given that it was originally designed as a fortress castle high upon the town of Braubach.
One interesting thing about the city – if you plan your trip correctly – is the flower show which lasts for the majority of the summer and really is a beautiful sight to see.
There is still a quaintness and almost a feeling of tranquillity surrounding many aspects of the city despite the large number of tourists that choose to visit each year. From its many cobbled streets to traditional German pubs and beer halls it makes for a great experience.
Most cruise excursions will give you a full day in the city which is usually enough time to take in many of the main sites and also visit the Marksburg Castle as well, which while being optional in most cases, is certainly recommended to see.