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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

Bernkastel

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates July 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel
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Breisach

Discover the Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Frankfurt
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Breisach

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Basel

3 sailing dates April 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Germany , Mainz

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Cochem

Charming Castles & Vineyards from Frankfurt

3 sailing dates May 2023 to September 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Switzerland , Basel

Black Friday! Includes HUGE savings for a limited time!

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Amsterdam

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Amster to Basel

2 sailing dates December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Basel

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Basel to Amster

2 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Includes flights and overseas transfers

APT Cruising logo FROM £1639pp
Bernkastel

Berlin & Legendary Rhine & Moselle from Berlin

1 sailing date July 2023
9 Nights From Berlin (Warnemuende), to Bernkastel
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Breisach

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Amsterdam to Basel

15 sailing dates April 2023 to September 2024
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Cochem

New Year on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Dusseldorf
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Koblenz

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

2 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne
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Rudesheim

Romantic Rhineland

4 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Konigswinter, to Konigswinter
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Rudesheim

The Rhine and Moselle

3 sailing dates June 2023 to September 2023
13 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

8 sailing dates May 2023 to August 2024
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Trier

Rhine & Moselle River from Cologne

1 sailing date November 2023
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

6 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
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Cochem

German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier

3 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
8 Nights From Passau , to Germany , Trier
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Cochem

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

12 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2023
7 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Cologne

Includes flights and overseas transfers

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1279pp
Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

19 sailing dates April 2023 to October 2024
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

Black Friday! Includes HUGE savings for a limited time!

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3999pp
Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Frankfurt to Frankfurt

4 sailing dates June 2023 to August 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt

Includes up to £2,000 per couple savings PLUS an additional 10% super early bird savings - pay in full to receive these prices

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Rudesheim

Rhine & Moselle - Frankfurt to Strasbourg

7 sailing dates June 2023 to October 2023
9 Nights From Frankfurt, to Strasbourg
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £3599pp

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