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Cochem River Cruises

About Cochem

Though it is located in the Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany, picturesque Cochem can actually be found on the Moselle River, on the opposite bank to the port of BernKastel. It is a popular port of call on Moselle river cruise itineraries and also on more extensive itineraries which explore numerous ports of call along the Moselle, Rhine and Main rivers. The town has roots which extend as far back as Celtic and Roman times and was first historically documented in 886. It was granted town rights in 1332 and its fortifications, which can still be seen today, were then built. It’s been stricken with the plague, besieged, conquered and reconstructed over the years but has survived it all and today is a key place for Moselle river cruisers to explore.

Exploring Cochem

The town itself is wonderfully scenic and its beautiful architecture is an attraction in itself, meaning that a walking tour is a great way to spend the morning. The town’s focal point and its most popular attraction, however, is the imposing Reichsburg Castle, which surveys the village below from its lofty hilltop perch. The views from the top of both the Moselle and the town are worth the trek on their own but a guided tour of the castle is of great value and offers some fascinating insights into its history.

Another popular architectural attraction in Cochem is the Catholic Church of St Martin, a beautiful medieval place of worship with an onion-domed tower – quite unusual for Catholic churches in this area of Europe – and some beautiful modern stained glass installations. The Rathaus, or Town Hall, is a charming timber-framed delight and another popular attraction, dating back to Renaissance times, while the Enderttor – once a tavern of somewhat ill repute – is today one of the town’s most popular landmarks and certainly a much safer and enjoyable place to visit, and the beer’s excellent too.

For the ultimate view of both the river and the town, be sure to take a trip on the Cochemer Sesselbahn or Cochem chairlift, which is a thoroughly enjoyable and scenic ride to the top of a nearby hill. There’s a café at the summit if you feel like enjoying a drink or a snack while taking in the view, as well as a trail which eventually leads to the neighbouring Klotten Wildlife Park, which is around 30-minute walk away.

Cochem tips

If you’re in search of a souvenir, stoneware bottles of various sizes containing Mosel wine are a popular choice, while if you’re in need of a bite to eat, the town boasts an impressive choice of high-quality eateries for its size.

Cochem Itineraries

Mainz

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

10 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
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Cochem

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

18 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date July 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4349pp
Cochem

Beethoven Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £2019pp
Amsterdam

Golf Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £2249pp
Frankfurt

Roundtrip Strasbourg

12 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
6 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1319pp
Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2020
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

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Strasbourg

Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle And Saar

8 sailing dates August 2020 to September 2021
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Remich
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Heidelberg

The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Strasbourg

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

4 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Vineyards and vistas of the Rhine & Moselle

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Cochem
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Trier

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Bernkastel to Frankfurt

3 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
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Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

2 sailing dates June 2021 to July 2021
9 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2519pp
Koln

Rhine in Flames - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Rudesheim

Legends of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Strasbourg

Legends of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
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Koblenz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle

4 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Bernkastel

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Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1999pp
Cochem

Frankfurt to Strasbourg

11 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
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Rudesheim

Strasbourg to Frankfurt

11 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
9 Nights From Strasbourg, to Frankfurt
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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Amsterdam to Basel

13 sailing dates September 2020 to August 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
AmaWaterways logo FROM £3039pp

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