10 Cool Things To Do in Koblenz, Germany in 1 Day
Guide to places to see, best attractions and what to do in Koblenz, Germany
Koblenz is deservedly growing in popularity! Due to its relatively small size, the city on the Rhine and Mosel river is ideal to be explored by foot without any need to rush from one place to another by car.
It’s also the best way to slow down and enjoy the cozy (wine) atmosphere of Koblenz.
Whether you just go for one day or a weekend, you’re probably wondering what to see in Koblenz? So I want to share with you my favorite things to do in Koblenz, Germany. Get ready for the best Koblenz sightseeing itinerary suggestions!
Did you know that Koblenz’ history dates back to the Roman Ages? Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel river, Koblenz was one of the first commanderies of the Teutonic Order.
Together with the fairytale castles, the centuries-old vineyards and impressive history of the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley, Koblenz has been UNESCO listed.
Thus, I highly recommend to extend your stay in Koblenz and enjoy a Rhine River. On your cruise you can visit some of the best castles and cities along the Rhine! If you want to visit both, lookout for good Koblenz vacation packages that include river cruises!
I’ll also share a selection of day trips from Koblenz at the end of the article.
The Koblenz attractions mentioned in this post are selected based upon my preference and upon the criteria of being easily connectable for a DIY free walking tour Koblenz guide. I hope you also enjoy some of my favorite places to visit and things to do in Koblenz, Germany!
The map at the end of the article will provide you a better overview of Koblenz’ points of interest to plan your perfect Koblenz vacations!
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How to get to Koblenz
By train from train station Mainz. 2 trains per hour. – Book here your train tickets to Koblenz.
By river cruise from Mainz to Koblenz – Book here your boat tickets from Mainz to Koblenz
By train from train station Cologne. 4 trains per hour. – Book here your train tickets to Koblenz.
By river cruise from Cologne to Koblenz – Book here your boat tickets from Cologne to Koblenz
By train from the train station Frankfurt Main. 3 trains per hour. – Book here your train tickets to Koblenz.
Many people also come from Amsterdam to Koblenz by train.
Where To Stay: Hotels in Koblenz
There is a wide assortment of hotels in Koblenz for any budget! Here are my top recommendations! Be on the lookout for excellent Koblenz vacation packages in off season.
|Hotel Haus Morjan *** |
Hotel Brenner ***
Mercure Hotel Koblenz ****
|Contel Hotel Koblenz|
1. Koblenz Cable Car
Without any doubt, taking a ride with the Koblenz cable car is one of the top things to do Koblenz. The cable car connects both river banks and takes you from the old city center to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress.
Thanks to the panoramic views, you’ll get a great perspective of the size of Koblenz and its unique geographic location on the Rhine and Mosel river. Simply put: from the cable car Koblenz is stunning!
No wonder that this view has been UNESCO-listed!
The cable car of Koblenz was built for the Bundesgartenschau (horticulture trade show) and was supposed to be dismantled after the fair. However, it became quickly one of the most coveted Koblenz tourist attractions and thus the cable car can stay for a few more years.
Did you know that the cable car of Koblenz has the highest passenger capacity in the world?
It can transport up to 7600 people per hour! On top, every cabin has been designed in a different style. Cabin 17, for example, has a glass floor!
I highly recommend taking the cable car in the early morning or at sunset, as the light was simply stunning then.
2. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress: the Koblenz Castle
The cable car is the perfect way to reach Koblenz’ impressive castle: the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The first ruins of the fortress go back to the 11th century and had a tumultuous history ever since.
The site has been destroyed several times, besieged and swapped between French settlers, Archbishops, the Prussians and the princes of Saxony. The fortress, as you can still visit it today, was completed by the Prussians and is the second largest in Europe.
Located at 118m above the Rhine river, the fortress does not only take you back to medieval times but also provides lovely views on the historic city center of Koblenz.
Nowadays, the Koblenz castle hosts a museum with historic artifacts and its high walls and corridors can be visited. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Koblenz!
3. Deutsches Eck, the German Corner
After returning from the Ehrenbreitstein castle by cable car, you can go straight to the next attraction of Koblenz: the “Deutsches Eck”, (German corner). It’s located at only 5 min walk from the cable car lower station, so you have no excuse not to visit one of the top Koblenz attractions!
Located at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine rivers, the Deutsches Eck had very special importance since the early German history. Indeed it was the place of one of the first commanderies for the Teutonic Order.
In 1897, the first statue of Kaiser Wilhelm 1st was erected. After being destroyed during World War II, the massive equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm 1st was reconstructed after long debates in the 1990s.
Nowadays you can even walk up to the statue and enjoy a great view on the confluence of Germany’s most important rivers: the Mosel and Rhine river.
4. St. Castor Basilica and Courtyard
The St. Castor Basilica and its quaint courtyard are located at only a stone’s throw from the German Corner, and is one of the top places to visit in Koblenz!
The basilica is considered to be the oldest church in Koblenz and it’s here where the division of the Frankish Empire was decided. The foundations of the basilica go back to more than 1200 years!
After the basilica had been damaged during the Second World War, it has been repaired with great care. I particularly liked the courtyard which was full of colorful flowers. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the silence of this oasis of peace.
In case you’re planning to have lunch, I highly recommend to enjoy the refined German cuisine at Gerhard’s Genussgesellschaft, located in the old buildings surrounding the St. Castor courtyard. On it’s own, the basilica is beautiful, but combined with a delicious meal, it is undeniably one of the best things to do in Koblenz!
Next stop of your one-day itinerary in Koblenz is the Jesuitenplatz. Thus we finally will enter the old town (“Altstadt”) of Koblenz.
Koblenz is full of quaint little squares and each one has a different vibe. One of my favorites was definitely the Jesuitenplatz. The square got its name from the former Jesuit college dating back to the 17th century and which is now the Koblenz’ town hall.
I particularly liked the towers and the passage through the grand gate. The tower clock is one of the main reasons why many travelers visit the Jesuitenplatz: it plays a lovely melody at the full hour.
At nightfall, the Jesuitenplatz has a truly enchanting atmosphere.
One of Koblenz’ quirkiest points of interest in the old town is the Schängelbrunnen. The fountain shows a boy spitting water and its background is intrinsically linked to the history and image of Koblenz. It might seem odd, but this is one of the top places to visit in Koblenz because it’s culturally significant.
After passing the grand portal of the Jesuitenplatz, you’ll access the Willi-Hörter Platz and the fountain is located immediately at your left.
The fountain’s background comes from the “Schängellied” which is considered to be Koblenz’ anthem written in 1914. The song is about the roguish behavior of the town’s boys known as “Schängel”.
The boys born during the French occupation were known as “Jean”, thus “Schang” in Koblenz’ dialect. Coming from French fathers and German mothers, “Schängel” was considered for a long time as a derogatory name for illegitimate children born in that period.
However nowadays, every local from Koblenz is proud to call himself a “Schängel”. The fountain is thus one of Koblenz’ most important symbols and popular Koblenz tourist attractions!
7. Am Plan Square
Am Plan is probably the liveliest square of Koblenz. It is packed with terraces and a meeting point for every generation. It’s here where the Rhenish savoir-vivre is the most palpable.
The Am Plan square was formerly used as marketplace and tournament site.
Besides being a hub for bars and restaurant, the square boasts an important architectural heritage. The north side is characterized by Baroque buildings and the towers of the “Liebfrauenkirche” host the commandant headquarters. The square’s fountain dates back to 1806.
8. Wine tasting in Winery Göhlen
This is a real hidden gem of Koblenz. According to our guide, the Göhlen Winery is even relatively unknown to most locals.
After crossing the river to Ehrenbreitstein neighborhood, you follow Obertal and Mühlental road. I highly recommend going by car.
Even though it’s located at only 10 minutes from the city center of Koblenz, the Weingut Göhlen is a real oasis of peace where you can enjoy a glass of wine during warm summer nights on their terrace.
The winery is managed by Mr. and Mrs. Göhlen who created a charming microcosm of wine and German coziness. Upon reservation, they serve a hearty snack and organize guided tours through the vineyard. Mr.Göhlen himself guides you through his wine cellars.
Of course, every tour ends with a mandatory wine tasting. So if you love wine, this is one of the top things to do in Koblenz! Just be careful you don’t buy too much to take home!
Make sure to taste the Ehrenbreitstein wine, which is cultivated on only 10 hectares in entire Germany. “Weingut Göhlen” is just the perfect place to enjoy a charming, cozy evening in Koblenz.
9. River Cruise from Koblenz
There are a lot of highlights on a Rhine River Cruise and it is one of the most fun things to do when visiting Koblenz. Indeed a cruise allows you to easily visit some of the best attractions of the Middle Rhine River Valley. And that mostly means fairytale castle hopping and quaint wine villages.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a Rhine river cruise departing from Koblenz.
Large operators sail up (and down) from Amsterdam to Basel, Strasbourg, Cologne,… The journey can take anywhere between 1-2 weeks with (luxury) accommodation on the boat. A great way to live and breathe the magic of the Romantic Rhine!
When it comes to ferries on the Rhine river, the Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt, better known as KD, runs cruises and scheduled services up and down the river between Cologne and Mainz. The “KD” ferry easily brings you from Koblenz to wine villages and Rhine castles.
If you’re visiting in winter, I recommend a Christmas market cruise down the Rhine that includes Koblenz!
10. Night Walking Tour in Koblenz
I am a big fan of night walks! It’s just amazing to see how a town can entirely change when it gets dark. Koblenz is particularly suited for night walks as it is a) very safe and b) great illumination.
Because it is an easy city to get around, you can easily do a free self-guided walking tour of Koblenz. Or else, book one with a local guide to get all the insider knowledge.
I highly recommend to include the Jesuitenplatz and the St. Castor courtyard in your night walk.
It’s also the perfect occasion to enjoy Koblenz’ nightlife which looked very cozy to me. Loads of terraces, international restaurants, and warm-hearted interiors.
My favorite place to eat in Koblenz was definitely restaurant Gerhards Genussgesellschaft in the St. Castor courtyard. Located in ancient walls, the restaurant serves seasonal, regional cuisine inside or outside on the magnificent terrace. The quality and the atmosphere are enhanced by the vaulted ceiling.
The pickled salmon trout with caviar was probably one of the best fish dishes I ever ate in my life!
Extra Tips: Day Trips and Castles near Koblenz
1. Do a Rhine River cruise
Koblenz is a great base to explore the gems of the Middle Rhine River. The “KD ferry takes” you quickly to fairytale castles and quaint villages. You can thus, either go for a day trip or even spend the night in one of the Rhine’s famous wine villages.
My favorite Rhine villages were:
2. Vist the best castles on the Rhine
My favorite castles on the Rhine river were
- Burg Stolzenfels castle
- Marksburg castle
- Burg Maus (Castle Mouse) and its counterpart Burg Katz Castle (Cat Castle),
- Pfalzgrafenstein Castle built on an island
- the imposing Burg Rheinfels castle in St.Goar.
All the villages and castles can be reached with the “KD ferry”.
3. Do a day trip to the Mosel Valley
From Koblenz you can easily explore and experience all the magical things to do in the Mosel River Valley. Here you can explore even more castles, visit charming villages, go hiking and go wine tasting in the famous Mosel wine region.
Highlights in Mosel Valley:
- Hike the Moselsteig Trail
- Tour Castle Burg Eltz
- Wine tasting at Weingut Henerichs
- Learn about Roman Heritage in the region
- Visit Cochem
- Take a Mosel River Valley Cruise
4. Do a day trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, the Netherlands is a bit of a long day trip, but it is possible to get the train from Koblenz to Amsterdam. It takes about 4 hours, so prepare to leave early and come back late!
Best things to do in Amsterdam:
- Anne Frank House
- Van Gogh Museum
- Canal Tour
- Red Light District
- Food Tour
If you plan to stay in The Netherlands and travel around further, check out my guide on things to do in the Hague! If traveling from the Netherlands, you can also go from Amsterdam to Koblenz by train.
I hope some of these, admittedly very personal, highlights of things to do in Koblenz blog post could convince you to book future Koblenz vacations!
Have you been to Koblenz, Germany? What places to see in Koblenz do you recommend? Any essential Koblenz sightseeing spots I missed? I would love to hear about the things you loved (or loved less) in the comment form.
Koblenz Map: 1 Day Itinerary
Before You Go: Top Tips for your Trip
- You’ll snap tons of photos and I love to take my GoPro in order to shoot even in extreme situations.
- Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and hiking sandals when traveling to warm countries.
- Sunscreen is key! I always take with me my eco-friendly sunscreen by Thinksport.
- I always carry a light rain jacket, just in case. Pack smart with these organic cotton clothing companies.
- Be environmentally friendly and get one of these awesome backpacks made from recycled materials.
- Get in the mindset with these amazing wilderness survival books.
- Travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected against all odds with HeyMondo.
In order to get more information on tourism in Rhine River Valley, Germany, I recommend the site of the Romantic Rhine Tourism.
One of the best things to do in Koblenz at night is go for a night walk through the city. Jesuitenplatz is also a great place to go at night.
Koblenz is full of great attractions and sites. But some of the most popular things to do in Koblenz are ride the cable car, visit the Koblenz Castle or go on a river cruise.
Some of the best Koblenz attractions for a fun time are a river cruise, the cable car and a night walk of the city!