Wine & a Castle in the Moselle Valley – Cochem, Germany

Wine & a Castle in the Moselle Valley – Cochem, Germany

Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
ONE dreamy castle ON an idyllic river SURROUNDED by vineyards HIGH ABOVE a storybook village.
Yes.
I’ve been itching to go to Cochem since arriving in Germany. A beautiful town nestled in the Moselle Valley, the main wine-growing regions in Germany, it’s no wonder that it’s hugely popular with Germans, Rick Steves and everyone in between.
Upon arrival, my family and I made our way up to the Reichsburg Castle to take in the view and explore the castle itself.
First, the castle, I’ll just say what it was not: drab, dank, ugly, and lacking vegetation. I can’t tiptoe around it, castles in Germany are the best, not once have I been disappointed with a tour. Originally constructed around 1000 (!!) Reichsburg Castle in unique that after centuries of neglect it nearly completely restored in 1868 by a wealthy Berlin businessman, Louis Revene. Ravene wasn’t interested in restoring the original interiors but instead modernized it to the current times so it makes the tour quite interesting.

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Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
My parents, sister, Stuart and I. On Tuesday’s we wear blue (apparently).

Now, for the view!
Turning the camera 180 degrees – here is the stunning view from the castle. Compare this against the cover picture to take in the whole scene in Cochem. Quite a beautiful place, aye?

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That night we dined in the village – savoring the yummy, cheap, local wine and feasting on fish from the Moselle River.
While my family spent the morning reading (working out for my Denverite sister) I took at cable car up the hillside above our hotel. For 4E I was wisked upwards, the air quickly becoming fresh and cool in the August morning.

Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley

Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Arriving at the top, I took the narrow path across the crest of the hill to the lookout point.
It was one of those quiet, peaceful, mornings. While the sun was already burning off the morning mist, I couldn’t help but rejoice in my good fortune in having the opportunity to see such a scene.
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley
Cochem, Germany, Moselle Valley

Next time you’re in the grocery store, consider picking up a bottle of German white from the Moselle Valley. Happy grapes growing along the beautiful riverside make for wonderful wine, it’s science.