Deutsches Eck or German Corner at Koblenz!

Here I take you back east, well east of us is almost or all anything nowdays lol! In my wandering road warrior trips in Europe, I have come to Germany. Yes by plane and car indeed. One of our favorites cities there was/is Koblenz.  By the way in French , we have translated as Coblence... I like to dwell a bit more on an interesting part only briefly touch in my previous posts.

The Deutsches Eck  or German Corner is emblematic of the city and a must to visit while there or near Koblenz. Let me tell you a bit on it and the cable car!

Koblenz  is a town in the state of Rhineland Palatine , the name come from the confluence of two rivers the Rhine and the Moselle in the German corner or Deutsches Eck, the closest big city are Bonn at 60 km and Mayence at 90 km.  My visit here has been by car from Trier so the road 602 ,then A1, B48 and finally the 9 roads or about 3 hrs. time. All toll free as we like them.  There is a train station of course,and close airports at Frankfort and Koln; as well as easy navigation by river. However, to us ,car is king and queen between cities.

And we reach the Deutsches Eck  or German Corner! at the huge statue of emperor William I of Germany and overlooking the  Moselle and Rhine rivers with the great cable car to the fortress above and the quaint restaurants along the riverbank.

Deutsches Eck  or German Corner is the name of a headland in Koblenz, where the Moselle river joins the Rhine river. Named after a local commander of the Teutonic Order, it became known for a monumental equestrian statue of William I, first German Emperor, erected in 1897 in appreciation of his merits in the unification of Germany. After further landfills at the site and a large-scale collection campaign, the official Emperor William  I Monument of the Rhine Province was erected and solemnly inaugurated in the presence of the emperor on 31 August 1897.

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After the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic in 1949, the country was divided between a capitalist part and a communist part . In order to express the deep desire for a united Germany, President Theodor Heuss gave the German corner a monument dedicated to German unity. As a result, the coat of arms of all the German Länder (states), including those of the former German territories such as Silesia, East Prussia and Pomerania, were installed there. In replacement of the destroyed equestrian statue, a German flag floated on the place. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, three pieces of concrete wall were installed next to the monument. On October 3, 1990, the emblems of the new federal states were added. The reinstallation of the equestrian statue of emperor William I, was done on September 25, 1993. Today, a large national flag and the flags of the 16 Länder  (states) are like a reminder of German unity. The three parts of the Berlin Wall are now dedicated to victims of the separation.

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here as usual from me are

Tourist office of Koblenz on the German Corner

Tourist office of Germany on the German Corner

Mosel tourist office on the German Corner in German

Regional History site on the German Corner in German

The one activity we like here other than eating /drinking was taking the cable car across the river Rhine. A wonderful thing to do and great views, recommended to all!

The Cable car at Koblenz  offers spectacular view on the concourse of Rhine and Mosel through the large windows of the panorama cabins. From the foot of the cable car Koblenz it is only a short walk to the popular German Corner.

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The cable car is a 3S cable car lift , which connects the city center to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress over the Rhine river . It was inaugurated in 2010 as part of the 2011 Floral exhibition. It is a disengageable cable car consisting of two carrying cables and a towing cable. The lift has 18 cabins with a capacity of 35 persons each distributed along the line.  The cable car line is only 949 meters long (making it the shortest 3S cable car in the world), has a vertical drop of 114 meters and has two pylons. The downstream station Deutsches Eck(German Corner)  is located in Koblenz on the right bank of the Rhine river, near the Basilica of St. Castor (see post apart on it!)and the mouth of the Moselle. This station houses the driving part of the installation. The upstream station is located just off the northern front of the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from where passengers can easily access it.

Official Koblenz Cable Car site

Rhineland Palatine tourist office on the Koblenz cable car

There you go , I hope you enjoy the ride and sights of pretty Koblenz by the Moselle and Rhine rivers, a real nice corner indeed.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “Deutsches Eck or German Corner at Koblenz!”

  1. A beautiful region and lovely wine. We visited back in 2011 and I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

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