Exploring the Moselle River – Reichsburg Cochem Castle and Trier

We took a summer trip to explore some of the Moselle region in Germany, to see Reichsburg Cochem Castle and visit one of Germany’s oldest cities – Trier! We LOVE this region of Germany as it is full of rich history and fortresses.

The beautiful town of Cochem, Germany with Reichsburg Cochem Castle looking over it.
Town of Cochem with the imperial Reichsburg Cochem Castle in Germany

Exploring the Rhine – Reichsburg Cochem Castle and Trier

After visiting Burg Eltz, we spent the next day in Cochem to see Reichsburg Cochem Castle. The day after that, we took the train from Moselkern to Trier . All of this was with our four kids! They were tired but they did enjoy seeing the beautiful Cochem Castle and seeing the ancient Roman ruins in Trier. We were able to see Porta Nigra as well!

What’s Special about Reischburg Cochem Castle?

Reichsburg Cochem Castle is a medieval castle located in Cochem, Germany. It is perched on a hill overlooking the Moselle River and was first built in the 11th century. The castle has had a turbulent history, being destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the centuries. The castle was destroyed by the French army in the late 17th century and remained in ruins until it was purchased and rebuilt in the 19th century by a wealthy businessman, Louis Ravené. Today, the castle is a popular tourist destination, and visitors can tour the interior and enjoy stunning views of the Moselle River valley.

Reicshburg Cochem Castle
Is there anything better for a kid who loves swords and castles, to see real castles in person?!

The Castle’s Architecture

The castle’s architecture is a mix of different styles, reflecting its long and varied history. The main building features elements of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. Its interior is decorated with antique furniture, weapons, and art. Visitors can see the Knight’s Hall, where banquets and tournaments were held. They can also see the castle chapel, and the castle keep, which offers breathtaking views of the river and the town of Cochem. Reichsburg Cochem Castle is a must-visit destination for history, architecture enthusiasts.

Reischburg Cochem Castle in Cochem, Germany rises up out of the rocks and is very impressive!

Visiting the Castle

There are two ways to get to the castle. By shuttle bus from the town of Cochem, or by hiking up. It is a pretty steep hike, so it’s better for those with good knees. Our boys were able to handle the hike, but our youngest, Ella (four years old), was not.

Visitors can walk the castle grounds for free and we found that even in the middle of August, the crowds were not overhwhelming. We could easily walk around and explore the beauty of the castle. We would’ve love to have done a tour but the children were already very tired from our trip to Burg Eltz. They do have some tours in English.

Our family visiting Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany!

More about the Moselle River Region and Trier

The Moselle River has played an important role in the history of Germany, particularly in the western part of the country. The region first settled by the Celts and then by the Romans, who established settlements and fortifications along the river. The city of Trier, which is located on the Moselle, was an important Roman city and served as the capital of the Roman province of Gallia Belgica.

In the Middle Ages, the Moselle region was home to many powerful noble families. They built impressive castles and fortifications along the river to protect their territories and maintain their power. The region was also a center of trade. Goods would flow up and down the river to other parts of Europe.

Reichsburg Cochem Castle - more about the history of the Moselle River region and Trier

This Region has Seen Many Battles

The Moselle region has seen its share of conflict throughout history. The Thirty Years’ War, which ravaged much of Europe in the 17th century, had a significant impact on the region. Many towns and villages destroyed or heavily damaged. The region was also a battleground during World War II, with significant fighting taking place along the Moselle River.

Today, the Moselle region is known for its scenic beauty, historic towns and villages, and world-famous vineyards. Visitors can explore the many castles and fortifications that line the river. And make sure to see the historic cities of Trier, Koblenz, and Bernkastel-Kues. The Moselle region is famous its wine, particularly its Rieslings, which are considered among the best in the world.

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