Cochem is situated in the Mosel valley surrounded by vineyards and the Reichsburg castle which dominates the hill and provides spectacular views of the town and river below.
The castle dates back from 1051 and in 1688 King Louis XIV of France invaded the Rhine and Moselle, capturing the castle and setting it on fire. Today things are a little more peaceful and the town and castle are popular tourist destinations.
This is a beautiful and romantic part of the Rhineland and a walkers paradise. Cochem is an old town which would have been known to the Romans who settled here. Remnants from the Middle Ages can still be seen in and around the town.
There are plenty of hotels and guest houses and some good camping facilities at Cochem. Visitors can see how the town has suffered from flooding over the years with markings on a building wall showing the flood levels at various times.
A truly magical town with a good atmosphere and plenty for visitor to see, it also has a large leisure centre with a swimming pool, tennis courts and miniature golf. The promenade along the banks of the Rhein is popular with tourists and locals alike.
Shoppers will delight in the various stores and traditional crafts on display. There are several wine factories nearby and plenty of good quality local wine at the restaurants and bars.