Blogs from Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz June 15th 2018

Shortly after breakfast, the ship docks at Rüdesheim. By 9 am we are on board a mini motorized "train" that drops us off at the town's signature attraction: Siegfried's Music Cabinet. This museum is devoted to mechanical musical instruments and it's one of the largest such collections in the world. The collection and the museum resulted from the singular vision and passion of one Siegfried Wendel, who travelled the world collecting self-playing instruments and painstakingly restored them to working order. Our guide takes us through dozens of rooms, each filled with a variety of pianos, "orchestrions" and other contraptions that play by themselves. Most are wind-up instruments. Many of them use some type of perforated paper rolls to dictate the notes to play. Most are ornately carved and some feature mechanical figures that move in time ... read more
Mechanical instrument
Mechanical instrument
Detail of mechanical instrument

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz May 7th 2018

The city of Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. Such a strategic location has meant that the city has changed hands several times between the Germans and the French. So perhaps not surprisingly, the accepted symbol of the city is the "Schangelbrunnen", a boy with a French father and a German mother (perhaps unmarried). Schangel is a corruption of the French name Jean or John, which the Germans found difficult to pronounce. The Schangelbrunnen is a naughty boy, a rascal, who is memorialized in a stautue of a boy who spits erratically at passing people. Schangelbrunnen also appears throughout the city on the sewage caps. Originally the name was an insult but now it just means a person from Koblenz. Women are given quite unusual recognition in the Catholic church ... read more
Schangelbrunnan appears around the city on the sewer caps.
Liebfrauenkirche: The Church of our Lady
Statue of Mary on the front of Liebfrauenkirche

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz November 5th 2017

Am Sonntag bin ich kurz nach 10:00 aufgestanden und nach dem Frühstück Richtung Koblenz aufgebrochen. Dies war ein weiterer Ausflug von meiner Projektwohnung in Bad Homburg aus. Dabei hatte ich die Strecke durch das Mittelrheintal gewählt. Früher war ich hier schon ein paar Mal. Kurz nach der Loreley war allerdings die wichtige Bundesstraße am Fluss entlang gesperrt und ich musste einen weiten Umweg nehmen. Das war bestimmt eine super Idee eines schlauen Beamten. Irgendwann bin ich aber in einer Tiefgarage in Koblenz angekommen. An der Historiensäule vorbei bin ich zuerst zur Basilika Sankt Kastor und dann weiter zum Deutschen Eck. Dann bin ich die praktische neue Seilbahn hoch zur Festung Ehrenbreitstein. Die war auch ganz sehenswert. Zeit für einen Kaffee im Kasino hatte ich allerdings nicht, da ich bei Tageslicht noch zur Burg Eltz wollte. Dafür ... read more
Die Loreley im Mittelrheintal.
Basilika Sankt Kastor.
Burg Eltz.

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz May 8th 2017

GÜN 05 KOBLENZ GÜNLERDEN PAZARTESİ Dün gece saat 21:00 de tekrar Rhein ‘e kavuşmak üzere yola çıkan gemimiz saat 06:00 gibi Ren makası veya yerel adı ile Deutsches Eck (Alman Köşesi )Koblenz’e vardı. Koblenz halkının köşe olup olmadığını bilemiyorum ama bu 2000 yıllık şehir bir çok önemli tarihi eserlere ev sahipliği yapmakta ve dahi Dünya kültür mirası listesinde yer almaktadır. Kahvaltıdan sonra, iflah olmaz yürüyüşçüler, tekrar yola çıktılar. Bu tur nedense bedava idi ve biz bir mana veremedik. Bu nedenle tura katılan kişi adedinde ciddi düşüşler yaşandı..... read more
VEE ...

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz September 3rd 2016

Docked at a relatively big city, so the Internet connection should be good. We both slept in an hour later than usual. Roger until almost 6:00am and me a little before 7:00. It was overcast and brisk out on deck. At 8:30am we were again underway. The morning included a river tour and stories about the many castles along our way. The city of Koblenz is at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. As you approach from the south the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is above you and on the right. When we rounded the peninsula, to turn the boat around for docking, the very impressive statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I comes into view. It was built as a tribute to his unifying Germany in the late 1800s, destroyed by the Allies in 1945 and rebuilt ... read more
Rhine view

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz June 19th 2016

Nightseeing - Sightseeing - Flightseeing - Highseeing.... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz June 6th 2016

This morning was greeted by dry, cool temperatures, 59F-62F, which pretty much makes you rethink your outfit for the day. Cargo shorts and short sleeve is not a wise choice. The reason being, is today we cast off, and go through the Romantic Rhine Gorge. Such great scenery, that I was planning to be on the sky deck, so I could see well, and take pictures without a window, or weather / ship radar mast in all the photos, off the bow of the ship. We had a wind of 15-20 knots, it was chilly, and I got my jacket. The breakfast was good, and we shoved off, and began the journey through the Rhine Gorge. This is one trip to Germany/Europe where I can say I saw more castles than cathedrals. There were 35 castles ... read more
Rhine Valley Castles
Local brew pub in Koblenz
Castle along the Rhine

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz October 13th 2015

I wanted to do something spectacular for our honeymoon so I booked us on the Viking River Cruise Rhine Getaway. It starts in Basel, Switzerland and eight days later concludes in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Since my last name is Basel this is a place I’ve always wanted to go to. I booked it more than a year in advance as the Viking Cruises fill up fast. They are expensive but we had heard nothing but great things about them. I wanted to spend more than half a day in Basel which is all the Viking itinerary had scheduled so I deviated from their schedule for a fee so that we could go a day early. I also wanted to spend some time in Amsterdam and since the cruise schedule didn’t have any activities planned there I ... read more
Basel, Switzerland
Basel, The Rhine River
Breisach, Germany

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz June 24th 2015

Dzień zaczęłyśmy od kąpieli i małej zimnej kawy. Sprawdziłam skąd i o której odjeżdża autobus. Okazało się że mamy autobus całkiem niedaleko naszego hotelu. Postanowiłyśmy iść na 9.43. Zdążyłyśmy dosłownie na ostatnią sekundę. Byłyśmy bardzo zadowolone ponieważ następny był za godzinę. Postanowiłyśmy że najpierw pójdziemy coś zjeść a ja jeszcze marzyłam o dobrej kawie. Wysiadłyśmy na dworcu i po rozeznaniu się w sytuacji i terenie poszłyśmy w stronę rzeki Ren kierując się jednocześnie w stronę centrum. Ren i okolica nie były ujmujące jako że niebo było zachmurzone i brakowało dobrego humoru. Przez jakiś czas szłyśmy wzdłuż rzeki jednak Gloria zdecydowała się iść do informacji turystycznej a potem zaraz na śniadanie. W informacji kupiłyśmy mapę Koblenz i poszłyśmy coś zjeść. Miałyśmy duże szczęście bo trafił... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Koblenz June 8th 2015

We started out in Koblenz and had a wonderful morning then it was “All aboard” and we sailed down the Rhine River to Rudesheim. The scenery was amazing!! Gorgeous towns, vineyards, churches and castles! We stayed on the sundeck and just saw one after the other. It was magical. I found the castle I want to buy and fix and flip. It’s perfect!! We arrived in Rudesheim and that’s where the fun began! We went to a beer garden for dinner and listened to an Umpapa band. There was dancing and singing, marching and drinking, shots and good food! Chandler and I stayed out on the town to experience the night life, except the town closes down at 10:00. We then stayed up on the boat so Chandler could serenade some of the boat staff with ... read more
Channy doing a group shot

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