Cochem Cruise Port

Port of Cochem: An Overview

Surrounded by steep vineyards, overlooked by an imposing castle and with a charming old town filled with half-timbered houses, Cochem is the archetypal German town and one of the prettiest places on the Moselle.

River ships moor in the heart of the town, which is divided by the river. A nearby bridge leads to the waterfront and narrow cobbled streets of the old town, which can easily be explored on foot.

The main attraction is Reichsburg Castle, also called Cochem Imperial Castle. It dates back to the 11th century and is the largest hill castle on the Moselle. Most river cruises offer a tour of the castle as an included shore excursion.

Cochem is also in the heart of the Moselle's wine producing region, known for crisp dry Rieslings. The town has many wine stores and your cruise may also include a tasting.

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Reichsburg Castle: Perched on a 300-foot promontory, it is the highest fortress on the Moselle and dates back more than 1,000 years. It once served to collect tolls from passing ships and was destroyed by the French in 1639; taking more than 40 years to rebuild. It has changed hands many times over the centuries and has a colorful and fascinating history revealed during a guided tour taking in the grand knights' hall, hunting room and dining room. Keep an eye out for the mermaid lamp -- which is said to bring good luck if you touch it and make a wish -- and the giant suit of armor. Outside, there's a great spot to take panoramic photos of the town and river. The climb to Reichsburg Imperial Castle is a steep 20-minute walk along narrow sidewalks. All ship excursions include transfers to the castle and back. Independent passengers can walk or take the 781 shuttle bus that runs from May to October and costs EUR2.50 one way or EUR4 return.

In Town: Close to the mooring point is the H.H. Hieronimi wine cellar, which offers wine tasting talks and is part an excursion offered by many of the lines. Next door is the Historic Mustard Mill, which dates back to 1810 and is the oldest continually operating mustard producer in Germany. It's also open daily for tours and tastings, and a jar, with flavors including honey, wild garlic, cayenne and Indian curry, is a fun souvenir to take home.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The currency is the euro. For up-to-date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com. There are several ATMs (geldautomats) in and around the old town, include the Vereinigte Volksbank Raiffeisenbank at 25 Ravenestrasse, close to the tourist information center.

Language

German is spoken in Cochem.

For More Information

On the Web: Cochem Tourism

Cruise Critic Message Boards: River Cruise Ports

IndependentTraveler.com: Germany Travel Guide

--By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor

  • Cochem: Scenic Jewel
    siouxaz
    Loved Cochem, Germany. Such a quaint village on the Mosel River. The castle tour was fantastic, then free time in the square. ... Read more
  • Cochem: Viking Vidar
    frankleo16
    Reichsburg castle a must and part of the free tour. Very nice small German town with shops for browsing. Do some wine tasting. ... Read more
  • Cochem: Avalon Artistry II
    dfishel
    We did Taste the Soil Excursion. This was fantastic! We were right up next to the vineyards with acres of grapevines and were able to watch works picking the grapes. We seen hugh barrels of grapes ready for harvest. ... Read more
  • Cochem: River Queen
    Larry Tolin
    Really enjoyed this quaint but small town with very interesting tour guide of castle. ... Read more
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