Lots of green and few houses
After the lock, the ship soon leaves the last houses of Koblenz behind, and on the lush green banks of the river there are only a few small or tiny villages – each at a reasonable distance from each other – on the way to the destination, Cochem. There are pretty half-timbered houses, “Gründerzeit” mansions, historic train stations and many castles to be seen. The romantic factor here is as high as on Father Rhine, but everything is a little bit smaller, the hills more lovely, the river narrower. The traveller is surrounded by wonderful peace and quiet. The famous wine town of Winningen passes by, as does the twin town of Kobern-Gondorf with its four castles. Right after this it’s time for the next lock at Lehmen, and then, at Kattens, half of the distance is already covered.
The further you go towards Cochem, the fewer houses you see, so you can concentrate fully on the green hills and the vineyards when watching the river banks pass by. And how about a small snack? The light breeze on board gives you an appetite. After sausages and vegetable schnitzel with potato salad, one final cappuccino and the third lock, Cochem is already in sight. It’s hard to believe that we left Koblenz five hours ago already!