Where: Koblenz, Germany
When: September 2019
On the way from Belgium to Nuremberg to see my family I decided to stop in German wine country. I am a big wine lover in addition to keeping with the theme of wanting a small town to stay in. Koblenz is super safe - the hosts said I was fine venturing out after dark to grab dinner downtown. I got the 3 day bus pass which was worth it! It’s so much easier than having to buy a ticket for each trip and you can use a credit card vs always needing to have cash. I found the bus the easiest way to get around in a lot of places because very few of my Airbnbs were near downtown or the main tourist area.
The Airbnb as you can see is very cute. The hosts gave me great instructions and met me at the bus stop. They showed me around and even gave recommendations for places to eat, two of three I tried, and they were amazing recommendations. As you can also see fall was in full effect. I was a little sad because I wasn’t home to decorate (it snowed back home so fall might have skipped me) and because I was so busy looking at all the beautiful buildings I didn’t have as much time to really take in fall. Nonetheless I tried to stop and look at the beautiful trees when I could. I would definitely recommend staying there. They had everything you need including a stove - most places had a microwave or stove but not both.
Protip: If they have an umbrella and it’s fall, grab it. It’s rained almost every day since I’ve been here!
The town is so adorable. It’s located along the Rhine River so you get that waterfront feeling but they also have a bunch of vineyards so you get a country feeling too. I wandered around a lot. The white stones below were actually part of the Berlin Wall which I thought was cool. Today (Oct 3rd) I am here in Amsterdam but it’s the day Germany became a united nation.
There is an area where the Mosel river joins the Rhine that’s market by a giant statue. The views were beautiful. You can also see the Koblenz Fortress, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which is at the top of the other side of the river. There are a few ways to get to it, the tram over the water being most popular. There is also a car that climbs the mountain like a train but I didn’t pay to do that. Once you reach the top you can tour the Fortress or just walk around the grounds. A lot of things were closed when I went there including a mini-golf course, which I actually would have done.
My ride over the water was definitely a highlight! If you wait get on Cable Car 17… it has see through floors as you can see here! I got on whatever at the bottom but waited at the top. I think the guy running the cable car knew what I was doing. At the time I was the only one so apparently very few people know that secret. I think it would have been fun to take a boat tour but most of them lasted all day and I only have a day and a half to explore. The views at the top of The Fortress are definitely worth it! I tried to make a panorama with my photos but Photoshop was being dumb. I didn’t bring my ‘good’ camera on this trip because 1) weight 2) cost if it was stolen 3) how good of photos do I really need aka I’m probably not going to blow any of these up as a mural on my wall so I don’t really need my big camera. It was a good choice, I believe, although I do miss my other camera and am very excited to get home and get my hands on it, which I know is weird. I go through phases; I didn’t use it much this summer but I am missing it right now!
The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress really is just that. I wandered around and took some beautiful photos but after a while I was getting hungry and tired. And it took me a while to find my way out! The views of the city from the Fortress were just as beautiful. There were a few food stands and a restaurant for those who wanted to eat up there … maybe I should have!
Finally at the end of day one I walked around the Electoral Palace which was beautiful. All of the trees were different.
I also made it to this beautiful church and walked around the gardens. Although I was in wine country I was also in Germany and craving a beer. I went and sat at a beer garden on the river’s edge and a slowly drank a beer to end out the day. It was extremely nice.