Sunday 20th of August 2017 03:14:12 AM
 

  

Germany western part - Rhine river area



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A four day trip on the banks of the Rhine river: breath taking view, many vista points along the way, mountains and fresh air. A trip that is suitable for families as well as couples.

A bit of a background:
The Rhine
Geographically, financially and historically, is the Rhine river, on of the most important rivers in Europe. It begins in Switzerland and ends in the Netherlands. His lion’s share, so does speak, is in Germany. Due to that fact, many myths, songs and folk tales were weaved around this famous river. Many major German cities were built on the banks of the Rhine and many battles that determined the fate of the German nation, were fought there, and it was, and still is, used to transport goods overseas.

The Moselle
Is a smaller river, flowing through France, Luxembourg and Germany. It is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining it at Koblenz. The Moselle river, does not attract as many tourists as the Rhine. It is a bit narrower and steeper. The whole region is known for its wines, and driving through the small villages (that consists at times of no more then a few houses) you can see the local vineyards on steep terraces and the busy villagers looking after it.

First day
We leave Amsterdam towards the city of Koblenz. We stop at the city of Koln. At the entrance to the city you will see a big green park. Following the main road to the city, you come across a branched street – that is the city’s shopping street that has brands that are not well known in the Netherlands. Take the time to stop at the Mepzenich bakery, where you can enjoy great pastries and even some doughnuts.

City’s attractions – Europe’s biggest cathedral is in Kohln. It has an abundance of stained glasses, an archeological roman museum (across from the cathedral) , a gravel hall where many religious leaders are buried, and more. if you are lucky, you might be fortunate enough to stumble upon a rehearsal of the church’s choir, a truly wonderful experience.

We will spend the night in the city of Koblenz.

second day
we will head towards the Deutsches Eck, where the two rivers meet. There is a big parking lot, and 100m from there you will find food and beverages. There is also a small playground for the kids to play. It could be nice to sit and have your morning coffee while the kids run about and play.

We will continue walking on the promenade, on the right of the river, and at the end of it, we will see the meeting point of the two rivers. It is a sort of triangle that can be clearly seen, even if we do not go up to the vista point.
Should you decide to go up, be sure to go all the way up and bring a camera with you, cause the view is breath taking.

After that, we will take a 10min drive to the old cities, where its old and narrow boulevards, are something special indeed.

What can you do there? Visit 12th century churches, a train that takes you around the city, a big wall painting of “Max & Mauritz” (a children’s book that its author was German) and more. 20 minutes from Koblenz, (in the city of Andernach) you can take your kids to enjoy the local jamboree (the jamboree in Andernach is referred to as the Trampolino). You can also enjoy there inflating facilities, bumper cars, carousels and more. Most of the facilities are indoors (great for the winter) but there are some facilities that are outdoors. Be sure to get updates about the opening hours.
Details - Stadionstrabe 89, 56626, Andernach
tel: 026-32989831.
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Thirds day

We leave Koblenz and we head towards the cities of spa’s – Wiesbaden. We drive alongside the Rhine river, and we can admire the mountainous view and the endless greenery. On the sides of the road, you can also see ancient castles that date back to the Roman Empire. Make the time to stop and admire at least one of them. All of them are magnificent and beautiful, but it is my opinion that one is enough.

**if you are spending the night at the city of Koblenz and you need to go back there at the end of the day, make the trouble to drive on the other side of the river as you head back.

Once you come to the city of Wiesbaden, you realize that you are in a big city – parks, shopping. Nightlife and more.
It is best to start the tour of the city at the Marktplatz – no matter where you turn from this square; you will find something to feast your eyes on – 400 year old fountains, a gothic church, the 170 year old Nassau palace and more.

The city is blessed with warm springs that date back to the Roman Empire, and many tourists and German celebs come here for their vacation. Walking across the city, you may come across such springs (the Kranz square).
It is best to spend at least 2 days in this city (not half a day as we did), and be sure to find out where is the best spring resort to go to (as far as I know – the best spring resort is Kurhaus).

Fourth day
Heading towards the oldest city in Germany – Trier. On the way there, we will stop in a little town situated on the Moselle river, called Cochen. A picturesque town. with many souvenirs shops, porcelain, café’s, cloths, restaurants and much more.

It is best to park the car and tour the city by foot. You can enjoy the aroma of the cooking and of the wines, when you walk around Cochen’s narrow alleys.
It is also a good idea to go up to the castle on the top of the mountain, and see the entire area.

From there we will head to Trier, but first, some background: The city of Trier was built by the Romans in 16 BC (it exists over 2000 years!!!), and walking around it, you can see how 2000 years of existence left their mark on it. Through out the years, many artists, business men and intellectuals, have called Trier their home. This made Trier a special city indeed that offers everything for the mind and the body.
We will start our tour on Simeon street, at the “black gate” (a remain of the wall that once surrounded the city).

More attractions:
The Episcopal museum
– exhibits a vast collection of archeological findings, dated back to the day of the Roman Emperor Konstantine.

Karl Marx house – in Karl Marx street 10, you can find the museum of Karl Marx. The Museum tells the story of this great philosopher and revolutionary.

It is best to avoid coming to the city during the holidays or any other special days for the German people. The city will be filled with tourists from all over, and traffic would be much more than just a nuisance.

Be sure to bring as many water bottles as you can, since mineral waters are no where to be found , and the local water tastes more like soda.

The people here, unlike in other places that we have traveled, are very nice, kind and pleasant to the tourists that come to tour their city.