The Moselle flows through France, Luxembourg and Germany past pitoresque medieval towns and vertiginous hillsides filled with vines. It meanders leisurely from place to place, holding in store sights of fairy-tale castles or fortresses, some destroyed by long-ago battles or lovingly restored and maintained. Around every bend in the river, wine restaurants and small towns glued to the hillsides await, where time seems to stand still.
Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz
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Experience Koblenz by night? Or stories about winegrowing? Or learn more about the history of Stolzenfels Castle? Or let the market woman Lisbeth show you her city?
A wide range of interesting and varied guided tours shows the most diverse topics of the city, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Stolzenfels Castle.
A tour of the historic old town shows visitors one of the oldest cities in Germany. Romantic alleys between the Basilica of St. Kastor and the Liebfrauenkirche, the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at the Deutsches Eck, the Schängel Fountain at the town hall and the Forum Confluentes with the Romanticum at the Zentralplatz are just some of the attractions.
118 meters above the Rhine awaits probably the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was built in its current form between 1817 and 1828. Its origins date back to the year 1000. Today, in addition to the Koblenz State Museum with its diverse exhibitions (e.g. on the history of technology and archaeology of the state, on the history of the fortress with over 20 exciting stations, multimedia productions and much more), the fortress also houses the Army Memorial and the Koblenz Youth Hostel.
The Konradiner Ehrenbert had a castle built around the year 1000, whose name "Ehrenbertstein" became "Ehrenbreitstein" in the course of time. In the 11th century, the castle became the property of the Trier archbishop Poppo. His successor enlarged the complex.
During the 12th century, the castle hill was extended by Helfenstein Castle as the seat of the later counts.
During the 15th century, Archbishop Richard von Greiffenclau expanded the castle into an artillery-protected fortress.
During the Thirty Years' War, the castle changed hands frequently.
During 1797, French troops besieged the fortress. However, they could force a surrender only in 1799 by starvation.
In 1801 they had the fortress blown up.
In 1815, after the Congress of Vienna transferred the Rhenish territories of Kurtrier to the Kingdom of Prussia, King Frederick William III ordered the development of Koblenz into a fortified city.
This resulted in one of the largest fortifications in Europe.