Floating above the Rhine
In the five minutes which the ride over the Rhine takes, it became clear to us that we had chosen a tour which offers changes of perspective. Because when you are suspended above the river in a cabin, see Kaiser Wilhelm mounted on his gigantic horse at the Deutsches Eck and cast a glance over the Middle Rhine Valley, the city and landscape seem totally new and different from a little while ago when you saw them from a pedestrian’s perspective.
Having arrived at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, we are welcomed by a large park, historical defensive fortifications, art, culture and – not to be forgotten – a simply stunning panoramic view. Right next to the main entrance, the “Stages of the fortress’s history” begin, an exciting heritage trail through the eventful history and the strategic design of the massive fortifications.
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress has protected the point where the Moselle joins the Rhine since the 16th century. Today the impressive fortification high above the city accommodates not only a youth hostel, but also the Landesmuseum Koblenz (Coblenz State Museum) with its four exhibition buildings, and has developed into one of the most important cultural locations in the region. We were particularly fascinated by the special exhibition “Ice Age Safari”, which will run until 30 October. The outdoor area by the fortress is also well worth seeing. As part of the National Garden Exhibition, it was completely redesigned, and today features winding paths and fascinating plants which invite visitors to stroll around and marvel at what they see. After an extensive discovery tour, it is gradually time for the next change of perspective: Coblenz and the Middle Rhine Valley from the water await us. And so we float back down in the cable car to the other bank in order to reach the KD landing stage punctually for the ship’s departure at 2:00 pm.