Our one night in Koblenz was awesome, despite the heat. Temperatures were in the mid 80s and there was hardly a breeze.
We had been to the city before but only to do an IKEA run, not for leisure. Little did we know, Koblenz is a hidden gem just an hour drive from home. Situated right on the Mosel and Rhine rivers, there is plenty to see and do in just a short stroll along the water.
We took a gondola ride up to the top of a hill where the city’s fortress was strategically positioned and got an incredible view of the the city and the Deutsches Eck, the point where the Mosel and the Rhine rivers meet.
There was a nice park at the top of the hill behind the old fortress and a newly constructed walkway/ramp/structure thing that we climbed to get the best views.
The Deutsches Eck is the “German Corner” and there is a lot of history packed into it…something about a German Emperor and an enormous horse statue that was destroyed in the war but then rebuilt.
All I honestly remember is how nice the breeze felt sitting on the bench at the point where the rivers meet (I don’t handle sweltering heat very well). The view was nice.
After a traditional several hour long dinner of currywurst at a restaurant along the river, we realized we missed the last ferry across the river where our hotel was. Since the sun had gone down, it was much cooler and we didn’t mind a long evening stroll.
The Viper Pilot had briefings to attend the next day so Kristin and I stayed home baking a peach cobbler, picked fresh from the tree in our backyard and that evening we did a local tour of our area which included a couple of castles. We showed her around Trier the next day and stopped by Burg Eltz on our way to the airport to drop her off.
The following few days were crazy for the Viper Pilot and I. He has two weeks of leave and we spent the first week removing into our house. The baby officially has a room in our house and a crib (more on this project later). Now that most of that is finished, we are off on a beach vacation. I’ll be sure to post a few pictures of my toes in the sand. 🙂