What to do in Germany: Enjoy a sunny Saturday along the Mosel

Making the most of the remaining days before I flew back to England for a short while, I was up early on Saturday morning and hopped on the RE5 train down the Rhine to Koblenz. Having already explored Koblenz, the city where the Rhine and Mosel meet, with two ELA pals in February (A Day Out in Koblenz), this time my plans were to head a little distance in the other direction. And what a good plan that was!

Welcome to Cochem

Welcome to Cochem

At midday I rendezvoused in Koblenz Hbf with three lovely ladies from Uni and we all climbed aboard the next RE which would take us along the winding Mosel valley to our destination for the day; the picturesque town of Cochem. The weather was perfect; blue skies, speckled with fluffy white clouds, and we were even joined on our trip by Mr. Sunshine, who had been rather absent in recent weeks. Our journey from Koblenz took roughly half an hour and provided us with some wonderful views of rolling hills, clusters of both river side and hillside towns and villages, and old castles sitting proud on the hilltops, watching the world below. The journey also gave us gals an opportunity to start catching up on each other’s news and plans for the remaining weeks of our respective Year Abroads.
Once we had arrived in Cochem, we began the search for a supermarket where we picked up a few lunchtime nibbles, before heading to the river where we made ourselves comfortable and had a picnic. It was obviously a popular day for walks along the river as there was a constant procession of people promenading along the water’s edge, and more sun-worshippers, sprawled across the grassy banks soaking up their daily dose of vitamin D and enjoying the magnificent views.
After our spot of lunch, we wandered along the promenade with the aim of climbing up through the vineyards to the huge medieval castle up above.
Reichsburg Cochem

Reichsburg Cochem

The Reichsburg is the largest ‘hill-castle’ on the Mosel and is absolutely drenched in history. The climb to the top was rather steep but with a few breaks and moments spent cooling off in the shade we made it in the end. Naturally with such prime positioning, the views on the way up the hill and from the top were absolutely stunning. We could see down on to the town below and could see the rolling hills for miles on end.
To reward ourselves for our hard work, we stopped to enjoy and ice lolly before slowly making our way back down the hill and back into the town. Passing small houses, wine cellars and atmospheric restaurants as we went, we were soon back in the beautiful old town.
We took in the various sites, including the Marktplatz, church of Saint Martin and old Endertor (an old town gate) as well as exploring some of the back streets which offered sweet cobble-stoned surfaces and traditional timber-built houses.
Finally it was time to leave this jewel of a town and go our separate ways. It had been a wonderful day out, with lots of catching up and culture and I have to say, that little towns like Cochem are one of the reasons I love this country so much!