Thursday Photo Friday #14

December 4, 2008

in Airports, Architecture, Cheap Activities, Europe, Free Stuff, Germany, Photos, Shopping, Travel

At the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in the lovely city of Koblenz, Germany, stands a large Deutsches Eck, Koblenz, Germanymonument called Deutsches Eck (German Corner).  Originally dedicated to the empire of Kaiser Wilhelm I, its partial destruction in WWII led the remnants to serve as a memorial to German unity until 1989.  It was rebuilt by Koblenz in 1993.

Climbing inside the central structure (below the statue) affords views along both river banks and of the town itself.  Koblenz is a well-maintained city with abundant plantings and whimsical fountains and figures sprinkled throughout.  The center of town is dominated by pedestrian shopping areas, though it’s easy to find refuge from inclement Church Steeples, Koblenzweather in the indoor (and partially underground) Löhr Center mall at the edge of this area.  The monument is at most a 15-minute walk from the central bus or train stations.

Given its location, the area is popular with river-cruising tourists.   You don’t need to commit a week, however — one- or three-hour boat trips are readily available at standard rates.  In the summer, it is possible to make a leisurely daytrip all the way from Cologne or Bonn by boat.

The monument (admission: free) has many details to be discovered by visitors.  Each of the German states are represented by a plaque in the rounded area while their flags grace the waterfront.  I’m a sucker for reliefs like these giant carved stone snakes above the benches at the base of the monument.  For younger visitors, there is plenty of open space for running, climbing and jumping.

Stone Snakes, Deutsches Eck, Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz can be reached by bus from Frankfurt/Hahn airport and, if the timing is right, is an enjoyable day out for any passengers connecting on low-cost carriers with a long layover.

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1 Villa Rentals in Tuscany 12.05.08 at 8:27 am

You have displayed very unique photos over here. Thanks for sharing.

2 Soultravelers3 12.05.08 at 1:42 pm

Loved those dragons! We had a great time in Germany this year on our open ended world tour, looking forward to seeing more this coming year!

3 Jennifer 12.05.08 at 2:38 pm

I have added this to our list of possible places to visit! This Christmas we will be in Germany!

4 minnemom 12.05.08 at 7:53 pm

I enjoyed your photos, and the information about how to see the area. Happy Photo Friday!

5 Angela Nickerson 12.05.08 at 10:45 pm

I have done those afternoon river cruises and they can be such a pleasant way to see that area. Fun!

6 wandermom 12.06.08 at 5:05 am

Unfortunately, Germany is nowhere near our travel radar at the moment, but I do love these photos and I will add checking out Koblenz to our list of things to do should we ever get to spend time in that part of the world.

7 Dominique 12.06.08 at 3:44 pm

The dragons picture is a cool photo. I always love taking photos of the little architectural details at a site.

8 Debbie Dubrow 12.09.08 at 5:54 am

Loving that window shot! Thanks for sharing

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