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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

Cochem

Europe's Rivers & Castles -Nuremberg to Luxembourg

10 sailing dates May 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Luxembourg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2459pp
Breisach

Legends of the Rhine & Moselle -Amsterdam to Basel

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

Legends of the Rhine & Moselle -Basel to Amsterdam

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

German Riverscapes from Passau to Trier

1 sailing date May 2021
8 Nights From Passau, to Germany , Trier
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Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

12 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1569pp
Cochem

Golf Cruise on the Rhine

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

Roundtrip Strasbourg

9 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
6 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1239pp
Strasbourg

Romantic Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

12 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2022
14 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £3799pp
Rudesheim

Rhine, Neckar, Main, Moselle And Saar

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
8 Nights From Strasbourg, to Remich
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1429pp
Strasbourg

The Rhine and Moselle - Northbound

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

The Rhine and Moselle - Southbound

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

The Rhine and Moselle

4 sailing dates May 2021 to August 2021
13 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1949pp
Mainz

Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1659pp
Frankfurt

Legendary Rhine & Moselle -Bernkastel to Frankfurt

8 sailing dates July 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Frankfurt
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1999pp
Mainz

Legendary Rhine & Moselle with Berlin

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

Rhine in Flames - Basel to Amsterdam

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

Legends of the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

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

Legends of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

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

Jazz and Wine on the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date May 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1349pp
Cochem

Wine Festivals of the Rhine and Moselle

1 sailing date September 2021
13 Nights From Trier, Germany to , Amsterdam
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2449pp

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