We traveled to Koblenz, Germany this past weekend and found a wonderful place for a fun family weekend! We knew with the holiday weekend we wanted to take a short overnight trip, but were feeling a little overwhelmed from two weeks in the US recently and needed something easy and nearby. Koblenz and the Seilbahn fit the bill! We really didn’t see much of the city of Koblenz and will be traveling back in warmer weather to spend time in the old town. Our activity for the day was the Seilbahn gondola ride to the Festung Ehrenbreitstein – Germany’s largest fortress. It was almost destroyed after WWI, but was kept as mentioned in the treaty of Versailles, providing that it may never be used again during a War. We also found this to be a great value as the Gondola ride, on beautiful new Gondolas, as well as the fortress with many museums inside was only 23 Euros.
The fortress has several museums inside all linked together through a maze of indoor and outdoor hallways giving a nice respite from the cold weather and a perfect activity for a cold winter day. We were surprised to find that this was also one (read the only) castle we have found that is stroller friendly. There were ramps everywhere and we could explore the entire fortress without having to carry our one year old at all! While some of the exhibits were a little underwhelming and reminded me of Epcot exhibits focusing on the “future” from a 1980’s perspective, particularly one that focused on food and how people eat at home. There was however a wonderful archeological museum with items found locally from thousands of years ago. Jeff was far more interested in this then I was but we made it through without spending another eon there watching the items get older.
After exploring Deutches Eck (the German Corner) where the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers meet, we headed down the Rhine about 20 minutes to our hotel which was 6km up a hill near the town of Boppard. The Jakobsberg Hotel and Golf Resort was a wonderful surprise! We had scouted several in the area on Trip Advisor and other sites and this one seemed to fit our needs. It is also run by the family of the Haribo company so there are gummy bears everywhere! As we were walking to our room a room attendant stopped us and offered us small bags of gummy bears for us and our 1 year old. As a former Director of Rooms and Housekeeping I was really quite overly impressed by this. I had a hard time getting guest interaction on a regular basis, this was over the top!
The small Haribo shop had some nice items very reasonably priced and we of course had to purchase some… every house needs a foot tall and very heavy gummy bear statue – in red of course because that is the best flavor. Without turning this into a hotel review, I will say we truly enjoyed our stay and while this was a little more than we tend to spend on a hotel it was well worth it. The staff was great, the hotel had just been renovated and breakfast that was included was fantastic and had a Rhine River view!
I will say, if you are a fan of African game relics and paintings then this is definitely the place. There used to be a game park there at some point after it was a monastery and our floor had many life like statues and artwork. A surprise at first in central Germany, but a nice novelty.
The town of Boppard was incredibly cute and while we weren’t able to shop or find much open (it was Sunday in Germany – Google that if you want to learn more). It really struck us as a beautiful town and one we will be returning to.
Overall, we enjoyed our little adventure up the Rhine and found it to be a great way to spend a January weekend!