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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

Boppard

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date October 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Zurich

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

13 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date July 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Cochem

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date September 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhineland

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam - Zurich

2 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
16 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Cochem

The Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date September 2022
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Bernkastel

Romantic Rhineland

1 sailing date September 2022
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2022
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koln

The Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date May 2022
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Majesty of the Middle Rhine for solo travellers

1 sailing date August 2022
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

The Rhine and Moselle for solo travellers

1 sailing date July 2022
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

3 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Passau

Five River Explorer: To Vienna

1 sailing date July 2022
11 Nights From Trier, Germany to Austria , Vienna
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Koln

Wine Towns of the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date July 2022
12 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Trier
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Budapest

Great European Odyssey: To Bulgaria

1 sailing date July 2022
20 Nights From Trier, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Trier

Great European Odyssey: From Bulgaria

1 sailing date August 2022
20 Nights From Rousse, to Germany , Trier
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Traben Trarbach

Flowers of Floriade and the Zundert Dahlia flower

1 sailing date August 2022
10 Nights From Trier, Germany to , Dordrecht
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Boppard

Wine Towns of the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date October 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Trier

5 sailing dates July 2022 to August 2022
5 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Trier
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