Cochem Fortress

Cochem fortress is about an hour drive from Spangdahlem Air base, however value it. 
The fortress is beautiful and has quite a bit to have a look at. 

The climb is value it as a result of the view is spectacular! 

We arrived on the entrance entrance and went into the little present store and requested about some excursions we noticed marketed.  The lady on the counter spoke English and was capable of inform us that they supply excursions all through the fortress each 10-15 minutes.  HURRAY!!!!  I paid for a ‘household tour cross’ which was roughly 16 euro for the ‘household bundle’, which was positively value it.  It lined 2 adults and a pair of kids. 
The present store was tremendous cute and had every kind of souvenires.  It additionally had an hooked up restaraunt with a beautiful view and bogs as effectively (these have been free too-if you might be in Germany you’ll be taught that it’s important to pay to make use of bogs most often).
We ended up with a fully great tour information.  She spoke little English, however sufficient to assist us perceive what we have been all through the tour.  She gave the tour in German after which spoke English right here and there letting us know some historical past of every place the tour stopped.  She additionally had handouts on the fortress on sure factors of curiosity.  The hand outs have been in English, Spanish, Hungarian, and nearly any and all languages you possibly can think about.  My kids (5 and seven years previous) stayed all the tour, which lasted about 45 minutes. 
On the finish of the tour, within the closing room, the tour information had my kids open a door to a secret cubbie hidden right into a wall.  Inside was an previous trying treasure chest.  When the tour information opened it, my kids “aaaahhhhd” aloud as they noticed a whole lot of golden wrapped chocolate cash.  The tour information allow them to every take one.  My kiddos thought this was incredible! She was great and the tour was very informative!!!!!  I can not let you know how attention-grabbing this tour was.  My youngsters had a good time.  We even went right into a eating room the place Adolph Hitler ate and we noticed his secret escape passage manner that he had constructed into the fortress.  It was fascinating. 
Eating room the place Adolph Hitler dined.
In addition they had rooms with knight’s armor on show.  (I had a digital camera malfunction and these are the one footage I may salvage.  You may simply must go for your self to see how distinctive this fortress was.  The tour is value it!!!)
The historical past of this fortress is among the most fascinating we’ve been to but.  You possibly can view a quick overview of the historical past of Cochem right here.    
Within the summertime, on the backside of the fortress, is a really small ice cream store which we visited on the way in which out.  It was the right ending to our scorching summer time day-eating ice cream within the shade whereas trying up at a beautiful fortress.  Good! 
This is the Cochem Fortress homepage.
Throughout the way in which is a chairlift that takes you to the highest of a mountain the place you possibly can see the view of Cochem fortress from a distance.  You possibly can learn extra concerning the Cochem chairlift in this publish.

Issues to know:

Location:  Reichsburg Cochem GmbH, Schloßstraße 36, 56812 Cochem
Parking:  Upon arrival there’s a small parking zone on the backside of the fortress.  If that is full, there’s some different parking.  Simply earlier than the underside of the hill, that Cochem fortress is on, there’s some scattered parking alongside the highway.  That’s the place we parked and it was free.

As soon as parked, it’s important to go up a barely steep incline to get to the fortress entrance. 

Hours:  Their hours of operation differ for every season, so be sure you examine their web site.

Costs: 
Guided fortress excursions
Length apprx. 40 minutes
Adults 6,- €
Youngsters (6 – 17 years) 3,- €
Teams (12 individuals and extra) per individual 5,- €
Pupils over 18 years previous, College students 5,- €
Household Ticket
(Mother and father with not less than 2 kids aged under 18 years)
16,- €
Particular person guided excursions
Solely association and reserving upfront and topic to availability
Regular minimal mounted charge value 100,- €
Youngsters’s tour
Solely accessible advance reserving – Length apprx. 40 minutes
Ba oriented guided tour the same old rooms within the fortress
Minimal mounted charge value 60,- €
Youngsters 3,- €
Adults 5,- €

Picture from Cochem Fortress web site