Cochem is a beautiful historic town in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, near Koblenz and Trier. It lies along the left bank of the Mosel river and is the biggest town in the Cochem-Zell district. It’s a tourist village and very picturesque with its half-timbered buildings, cobbled streets, a city gate that dates back to 1332, romantic castle, quaint cafes and a great view of the Mosel. It’s also a great base when exploring the areas in the Mosel and Rhine since it lies near many points of interests in the region.
While Cochem is small, there are actually many activities that one can engage in while there. Ranging from historical and educational to fun outdoor types, these activities are bound to make your Cochem visit a memorable one and will leave you wanting to go back to this charming little village. Here are 10 of them:
1. Visit Reichsburg (Castle)
Undoubtedly the most popular landmark in Cochem, the Reichsburg richly deserves that title. It’s over 1000 years old and majestically stands on a hill overlooking the town. Much of the original castle was destroyed by the French on 1688, but in 1868 it was bought by a wealthy businessman and restored to its former glory, if not more. The castle is open to the public by guided tours, each tour lasting about an hour.
2. Explore the Market Square
While it may sometimes get crowded, Cochem’s market square is definitely worth a look. In it you’ll find the pretty St. Martin fountain and the baroque Rathaus (Town Hall) from 1739. It’s also brimming with interesting shops selling different wares, where you can grab a souvenir or two. If you’re not up for some window shopping, sampling the many culinary delights in one of the quaint restaurants is fabulous, too. Better yet, get an outdoor table so that you can people-watch at the same time.
3. Go Taste Some Wines
Wine Tastings are abundant in Cochem all throughout the year. There’s the Mosel Wine Week in the middle of June, where more than 300 wines are being offered for tasting at twelve wine stands. During September and October, wine tasting is everywhere, too. If you’ll be visiting Cochem on months other than these, however, you can always go wine tasting at H.H. Hieronimi, Stadionstraße 2. Wine cellar tours are available daily at 11.00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
4. Visit the Christmas Market
If you happen to be in Cochem during the months of November and December, be sure to visit the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt). It’s a small enough gig to be contained in a single tent, but it’s charming and magical nevertheless.
5. Visit Senfmühle
Aside from Reichsburg, another must-see in Cochem is the historical mustard mill of Senfmühle. Built around 1810, it is one of the oldest mustard mills in Europe and the last one of its kind in the continent. Mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens makes assorted kinds of exceptional gourmet mustards following time-honoured recipes and select ingredients.
6. Take the Seselbahn to the Pinnerkreuz Mountain
Get an outstanding view of the town, the Mosel valley and its exquisite surroundings by taking a ride in the Seselbahn to the Pinnerkreuz Mountain. The chairlift is available from Easter to middle of November from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at €4 for one-way and €5.50 for a return trip at Endertstrasse 44.
7. Ride The Mosel-Wein-Express
Get an enjoyable tour of Cochem with the Mosel-Wein-Express. This small street train is loaded with lots of information about the town, yet its cheap—a great way indeed to get up close and personal with Cochem. The ride takes about 30 minutes and takes you through the Old Town, past the Enderttor (city gate), to a viewpoint overlooking Cochem and the castle, along vineyards, and more. It costs €4 for adults and only €2 for children. Tour starts regularly at the centre.
8. Stroll along the Mosel Promenade
Enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a nice stroll at the flower-arrayed Moselle promenade. It is dotted with benches here and there, which is perfect if you simply want to sit back, relax and take in the view.
9. Bike Around
Biking around the Mosel is a great way to take in all the sights for a fraction of a time. Bike paths are aplenty in the Mosel and if you don’t have a bike of your own, you can simply rent one. Rental for a day costs €8, with a €20 deposit for every bicycle. Just present a valid ID.
10. Go Hiking
If you’re more of a hiker or would love to get some exercise, a hike is an excellent way to see Cochem and the surrounding areas of the Mosel. Don’t miss a visit to the vineyards while you’re at it.
This traditional German town is a beautiful place to visit. Make your stay even more enjoyable with these activities.
Where to Stay
Pension Hendriks is a wonderful place to stay when in Cochem. We had the most satisfying stay in this cute and quaint family-run inn during our Cochem trip. Lovely rooms, amazing breakfast, friendly service with a personal touch—we were so lucky to have booked there!