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Cochem Imperial Castle and Boat ride to Ernst

Back to Cochem in all it’s glory!

The weather couldn’t have been any better the weekend we set foot on the Moselle valley and I’m sure this added to its beauty.

We started our second day with a lovely stroll through town to the Cochemer Sesselbahn. Cochem has such a cute chair lift up to a stunning viewing point of the Moselle valley with an equally adorable cafe at the top to quench your thirst and cool down with an ice cream!

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That view!! ♥ isn’t it magical?

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After our little hike to take in this gorgeous sight, we realised we had 15 minutes to catch the next boat to Ersnt! That exact boat waiting by the river side to the right of the bridge in the photo above!

We were told by Katrin, our host, that there was a local music festival happening in the next town down the river so we took to her advice and decided to head on over. A VERY brisk walk later, and we’re on a boat to Ernst. It took about 25-30 minutes on the boat to this quiet little town housing around 625 people.

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The Sunday of the weekend we were in the Moselle valley, all cars were not allowed on the roads from 11am to about 6pm, which made the streets quiet but full with life as families, groups of friends and individuals took to the roads on their bicycles and rollerblades- some with portable speakers on their backs blasting music for all to hear!

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A few glasses of wine, beer and plates of currywurst later, we made our way back to the pier, hopped onto our boat and floated back to Cochem in time to check out the Imperial Castle.

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Cochem Castle perched on a hill 300 feet above the Moselle river dates back to the first millennium, the year 1000 A.D. However, what you see today is not the original, as its former self was attacked and burned to the ground in 1688. The original Cochem Castle was mainly used as a defensive structure and once housed as many as 40,000 knights.

In 1868, the Counselor of Commerce Louis Ravené, a Berlin businessman, bought and lovingly restored it in the Neo-Gothic style associated with German castle romanticism in the 19th century.

Unfortunately during the Nazi years in 1942, Ravené was forced to sell the family castle to the Prussion Ministry of Justice, which turned it into a law school run by the Nazi government. It now belongs to the city of Cochem and is open for all to enjoy. If you decide to check it out, there are two ways to get there; by shuttle bus or by foot. A walk up to the castle is what we did, and while steep, it was an enjoyable experience that took about 20 minutes from the center of town.

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It wasn’t long until we slumped ourselves on the sofa back in our airbnb to rest our feet from such an eventful day, contemplating on our adventures for the following day!

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