With the Mosel (or Moselle) and Rhine converging there, you might expect Koblenz to be of great military importance. Roman General Drusus I ( Drusus the Elder) established a camp there about 8 BC and since according to Wikipedia he died in 9 BC, this was quite a feat. Koblenz celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992 since the founding of that camp. You figure it out.
Just a year before our cruise the river was so low that it uncovered a WWII bomb near where the riverboats moor. The town had to evacuate people from the area just to be safe while they removed the bomb. Definitely not a problem for us. The river was high and getting higher and did I say it was raining? Not so nice for walking around town, but not bad back on the boat for lunch, dinner and lounging. Some of our adventurous Turners made it by cable lift across the Rhine to the Ehrenbreitstein fortress. I visited it the next day when luckily it didn't rain. It is quite Interesting and deserves its place of its own in this travelogue. It is a museum now with many interesting exhibits of its history and the lives of the soldiers serving there.
The Deutsches Eck (German Corner) is a point where the Mosel flows into the Rhine. There is a monument there dedicated to the memory of Emperor William I. Not the WW I Kaiser Bill, William I died 9 years before the monument was built in 1897. Visitors may climb up to the landing just below the platform for the statue, spiral staircase and all. That corner has quite an interesting history. Among other things, it was once a hospital for the Teutonic Knights.
Who knew? That white building with the two towers just a few yards up the Mosel from where we were moored was the castle of the Prince Elector. It was originally built by someone described as gentleman, renovated by the archbishop of Trier and expanded several more times and now serves as a municipal library and town archive.
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