Medieval charm

Germany is known for having the cutest little medieval towns with a castle to match and Cochem is no exception. On our German Castle Tour, we discovered the decades old charm of Cochem for ourselves and it did not disappoint.  


The main attraction in Cochem is the Reichsburg castle but there are still plenty of other things to do making it worthy of a trip! Cochem is a hiking paradise with options like the Eifel and Hunsrück ranges. If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the views go for a river wine cruise along the Moselle. 


In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.


Reichsburg castle
Explore the market square
Wine tour
Visit the Christmas market
Take the Seselbahn to the Pinnerkreuz Mountain
Stroll along the Mosel promenade
Go for a hike
Bike around
Boat cruise

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation– average of 100€ for 3-star accommodation. Try to look for options anywhere along the Mosel. Wake up to stunning views of the Mosel valley like the kings and queens of the past! *We covered this city in a day so keep in mind that day trips are also totally do-able. Though it would have been nice to explore the region a little bit more!

Food– budget around 28€ per day. Check out Alte Wein Wirtschaft to get an impressive sampling of local wines. The patio section is a delight on warm, sunny days! They also have a wide selection of dishes to choose from so do stay for lunch/dinner! By the way, we enjoyed the wine so much we even brought a few bottles home with us. Good quality wine is not hard to come by in Cochem. 😉 

Transportation– traverse the city with its winding alleys and steep streets by foot. Heck, you may even discover a new hidden restaurant or shop you never would’ve discovered otherwise. Though it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a bike out for a spin along the valley (see top sights to see) either.

Suggested daily budget– given accommodation, food, and activity costs, you should budget around 150-200€ per day to be safe. 

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Reichsburg castle Cochem Castle is the shining star of the Moselle Valley. This is a castle with over 1,000 years of history behind it. It was originally built around 1100 to collect tolls from passing ships, then later destroyed by French crusaders, and ultimately renovated back to its original form in 1689. There’s an entrance fee of 5€.
Alte Wein Wirtschaft Trying out a local Riesling is an absolute necessity. If you don’t have the time/budget to go on a wine tour, why not try a local sampling at a wine bar or restaurant such as this one!
Stroll along the Mosel promenade Walk off your dinner and drinks with a romantic stroll along the Moselle River. Though you can find plenty to do in the city center, remember not to overlook the nature and beauty that surrounds it! Photography tip: Cross the Skagerrak for an amazing shot of the Reichsburg castle!

We hope some of these tips could help ease the planning process! Have you ever been to Cochem? What tips would you add to this list? 


An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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