Deutsches Eck, where the Mosel and Rhine meet, is guarded by Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, looming imposingly some 118 meters above the Rhine.
Ehrenbreitstein is the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, making it a major draw for many tourists. And right beneath it, hugging the hillside, is Diehls Hotel. From here, one of the city’s biggest attractions is just steps away.
The fortifications have stood in their current form since the 16th century, but the history of the fortress stretches back much farther. In the year 1000, the site was already home to a Baroque predecessor structure, used in the meantime as the residence of the prince-electors of Trier. Work to rebuild the castle into a fortress started in 1500. The fortress was expanded repeatedly over the decades and centuries that followed, but was blown up by French occupation troops in the early 19th century. King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia rebuilt it between 1817 and 1834, when the fortress was given the form we see today.
After surviving several occupations and wars, the fortress came to house the first museums during the 20th century. Cultural attractions such as a field office of the state archaeological organization and the German Federal Film Archive (Bundesfilmarchiv) made their home here starting in 1950. The Koblenz State Museum (Landesmuseum Koblenz) followed six years later. Extensive renovations were performed from 2007 to 2011; at the end of these activities, the fortress served as the site of the 2011 Bundesgartenschau, the major national garden show held every two years – and won acclaim from all across Germany.
As you can see, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress has a long history just waiting for you to explore. There are now a number of public exhibitions at the fortress, and “Living History” events take visitors back into the past. Programs such as “Büchsenmacherwerkstatt” (“Gunsmith Workshop”), “Führung im Waffenrock” (“Tour in a Tunic”), “Festungskanonier” (“Fortress Cannoneer”) and “ewiger Soldat” (“Eternal Soldier”) bring history to life, up close and personal.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress can now also be reached via the aerial cable car built for the 2011 Bundesgartenschau garden show. The trip, which crosses the Rhine, offers an unparalleled view of the Rhine Valley. A panoramic view no Koblenz visitor should miss!
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We would be happy to have you combine your trip to the historic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress with a visit to our hotel. May we suggest our “Discover Koblenz and Surrounding Area” package?
We look forward to seeing you!