The arresting vision of Cochem immediately conjures magical pictures of fairy tale kings and mythical beasts due to its impossibly picturesque location amidst dramatic hills and a sparkling, sapphire river. Famed for its ethereal castle and historical Old Town, the city also magnetises travellers with its proximity to the bounteous wine region of Mosel, who flock for the fabulous food and delectable drinks available in every refined restaurant.
The arresting vision of the Reichsburg Castle resting resplendently upon a swollen hilltop is irrefutably the city’s most alluring attraction. Countless turrets pierce the air as the imposing structure stares into the distance, imploring attackers to invade if they dare. Built in 1000AD, the castle is shrouded in an intriguingly horrible history involving murder, manslaughter and marriage, all of which is revealed on the excellent guided tour. Inside the castle, oak panelled rooms house remarkable relics such as suits of armour, antique murals and creaking furniture.
Immerse yourself in one of Cochem’s alternative attraction with a visit to Senfmuhle, one of Europe’s oldest mustard mills. Here, authentic mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens produces the coveted condiment according to time-honoured and traditional recipes passed through generations. Gorgeous gourmet mustard is available to buy and proves a perfect accompaniment to a sizzling German sausage.
A passion for fine wine and fabulous food propels the city of Cochem, so gastronomes can expect a sublime selection of refined restaurants and wonderful wineries; the Dazert Restaurant enjoys a lovely location upon the banks of the River Moselle, and serves refined German cuisine such as tender pork medallions accompanied by freshly steamed green vegetables.(Moselpromenade 10, 56812 Cochem)