Cochem, Germany

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I cannot say enough good things about this small town. I found this town on a list of Best Medieval Towns in Europe, and European Castles that put Disney Castles to Shame. It is two hours from home, so we left Friday right after school and work. I had a plan to walk around the city on the Saturday, see the castle, then leave in the afternoon and go somewhere else. Boy was I wrong! The medieval feel was certainly there! The entire city is cobblestone. There was a huge tree in the middle of the main square. There were wine cellars all over, bakeries, restaurants… We spent 4 hours walking around, then realized how hungry we were. As we were waiting for our food to be made, I saw a Christmas Market. I had to go see what all the hype was about. It was small, but I heard all about the Gluwhein markets serve, and had to try it myself. So worth the 3.50euros – plus I got to keep my souvenir Cochem mug. We went back to our hotel to eat, then headed right back out for the castle.

The only thing I didn’t like about the castle is that you need a guided tour, you couldn’t just wander around. The tour was interesting though. The man giving the tour talked in German, but gave us an English translation, as well as he spoke English if we had any questions. We went through about 10 rooms in the castle, as well as the lookout outside which looks above the Moselle River. If it wasn’t so high up, it would have been a beautiful picture hehe The tour took about half an hour to forty-five minutes. Well worth the 6euro admission fee, and kids under 6 were free!! We called it a day after this – aside from supper.

While walking around the city, we found a restaurant with medieval armor and memorabilia inside – so we chose here for supper! Beer was cheap, food was reasonable. I would go back again!!

We left Sunday morning after check-out. We wanted to go to another castle called Burg Eltz, but it was closed for winter. We will go back another time. What a great weekend!!! Very great town to visit!

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