What to do in Koblenz for a day – a detailed guide to how to spend 1 day in Koblenz (including where to stay and what to eat).
Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Koblenz has a very strategic position. It’s no wonder why Romans chose it to build a military fortification around 8 BC. During the Middle Ages, the city was the main point for controlling the trade both on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers.
Is Koblenz worth visiting
It may seem a small city, but Koblenz has a lot to offer. And it’s not only picturesque squares and beautiful churches. An 11th-century old fortress reveals spectacular views of the city and the two rivers. Plus, there are several huge shopping malls.
The city is also a great base to explore the Rhine River castles and the Moselle with its dreamy villages and vineyards.
How many days to see Koblenz
To tour the city one day is enough. You can even do it on a day trip from Cologne.
Yet, if your itinerary also includes visiting some castles along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, spare at least 3 days.
I spent 3 days there, using the city as a base to explore the nearby castles. The 4th day I devoted to Cologne, as my flight back home was from the Cologne Bonn Airport.
Cologne is a city with a modern vibe and a stunning centuries-old cathedral. So don’t miss it if you’re in the area.
Hotel Brenner – Best for families
This 3-star hotel is right in Koblenz Old Town, close to the river and to train connections.
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GHOTEL hotel & living – Best for couples
Located right next to the Central Railway station, the hotel is a perfect base for exploring the surroundings.
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Boardinghaus Koblenz Altstadt – Apartments
It’s a great base for shopping and to explore the main attractions.
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If you still look for accommodation, check out these great Koblenz hotels Old Town.
What to do in Koblenz for a day
How to explore Koblenz in 1 day? Follow this detailed itinerary to see the highlights of the city for a short time.
Morning – Tour the Old Town of Koblenz
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Start the day with a tasty breakfast at Bäckerei Hoefer or Ulrikes Kulturbackhaus. I loved the Nougat Brezel at Bäckerei Hoefer and the nut cake at Ulrikes Kulturbackhaus.
Church of the Sacred Heart
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Church of the Sacred Heart (Herz-Jesu-Kirche) is the most impressive Neo-Romanesque building in the area. The church was consecrated in 1904 and completely burnt down only 40 years later during the WWII. It was rebuilt again in post-war time.
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
The 19th-century palace served as a residence of the last Archbishop and Elector of Trier, Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony. Later, the Prussian Crown Prince governed the Rhine Province and the Province of Westphalia from here. Nowadays, Kurfürstliches Schloss isn’t open for visitors as it houses various offices of the government. Yet, you can stroll through the lovely gardens.
Prussian Government Building
10:50 AM – 11:05 AM
Preussisches Regierungsgebäude was the seat of the former Prussian government for the Rhine region. It was constructed from 1902 to 1906 in Neo-romantic style. Unfortunately, it’s not open to visitors.
11:05 AM – 11:20 AM
The column (Historiensäule) recounts the city’s history from Roman times until present days in a unique way.
Church of Our Lady
11:20 AM – 11:40 AM
With origins that date back to 5th century AD, Liebfrauenkirche is the main parish church in Koblenz. During the centuries the church was rebuilt and extended repeatedly. The current building with its onion domes is from around the 17th century.
Just right next to the church there is a little ice-cream shop. There is always a waiting line, so you can’t miss it. Their pistachio and forest fruits ice-cream is to die for.
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
This former electoral water castle dates back to the 13th century. Nowadays, Alte Burg houses the city archives and it’s not open to visitors.
12:15 PM – 02:15 PM
Stop for a rest and delicious meal at Café Einstein.
Afternoon – Visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Basilica of St. Castor
02:15 PM – 02:35 PM
Consecrated in 836, this is the oldest surviving church in the city. During the Middle Ages, Kastorkirche was a special place of worship for emperors and kings.
02:35 PM – 03:00 PM
Deutsches Eck is probably the most popular place in Koblenz. Here the Moselle river joins the Rhine under the sight of William I, the first German Emperor. His monumental statue is right on the headland.
The place is named after the Teutonic Order (Deutscher Orden). The Teutonic Knights settled in the area during the 13th century. They founded a commandery here that became the administrative seat of the city.
The Cable Car
The cable car (Seilbahn) is another must-do. It’s also the easiest way to get to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. To save money buy the combined ticket for the cable car and the fortress. And if you’re lucky you’ll travel in cabin 17 that has a glass plate in the floor.
03:20 PM – 05:30 PM
Ehrenbert Conradine commissioned the construction of the fortress in the 11th century. In the following years, it changed several owners who expanded the complex. Festung Ehrenbreitstein seemed to be impregnable until the French troops sieged it in 1797 and later blew it up. In the 19th century, King Friedrich Wilhelm III turned Koblenz in a fortified city and the fortress became a strategic military post.
The ticket gives you access to several museums and large outdoor spaces featuring spectacular views of the city. However most of the descriptions are in German, so you’d better get the audio guide.
Finish the day with a dinner in Altes Brauhaus or Hans im Glück. For a traditional German food go to Altes Brauhaus and try their spare ribs or Schnitzel.
If you’re a burger lover, Hans im Glück is your place. They have the best vegetarian burgers that I’ve tried in my life. I liked the place so much, that I ended up having dinner twice there.
More things to do in Koblenz
Visit a beer festival
During my trip, Bierbörse happened to take place in the city. It’s a popular beer festival where you can find different local and exotic beers. It’s a heaven for every beer lover. Find the next Bierbörse event dates here.
I stumbled upon this funny fountain by accident. It represents Noah’s Ark and the technical inventors of the region.
Getting around Koblenz
The Old Town, where all the tourist attractions are, is small and walkable. However, you’ll need to take the cable car to get to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Another option is to use the ferry boat, but it’s definitely more fun taking the cable car. Plus, the views are spectacular.
Find out more interesting places to see near Koblenz in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Germany.
Visitors often combine Koblenz with Cologne, a city famous for its Gothic Cathedral and tasty beer. It’s about an hour journey away by train. You’ll need 1-2 days to explore it. However, if you’re short on time, just tour the Old Town and visit the cathedral. If you look for accommodation, check out these fabulous hotels close to the Cologne Cathedral.
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