On the Mosel River – a Day in Cochem and Ediger-Eller

Sunday was a day with great variety – exploring two wonderful small villages along the Mosel River, our best look yet at a castle, and a fun afternoon tasting local wines.

Out for a walk by myself just after 08:30 on Sunday morning – my first good look at Cochem.

Cochem, Germany
Special traffic control signs for army tanks – hmmmmm… ๐Ÿ™‚

Special traffic control signs for army tanks, in Cochem
We began the organized part of the day with a walking tour of Cochem. Our guide, Marcus, a university student, was excellent. With a history going back over 2,000 years, there are some wonderful buildings, despite the fact that much of the town was destroyed by the French in 1689.

The Endert Gate-tower is abutted by the the oldest half-timbered house remaining – the Alte Thorschanke dates to 1625.

Endert Gate-tower in Cochem
Those marks and dates on the wall above Marcus are the water levels of floodwaters from as recently as 1993!

Floodwater marks at Cochem
We all went up to Reichsburg Castle in vans – it would be quite a climb on foot. This is the view from near the castle entrance, looking down the Mosel River.

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
Construction of Reichsburg was begun in the 11th Century. Once again, it was destroyed by French troops in 1689, but was rebuilt in the late 1800s.

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
The “John Deere Room” at the castle ๐Ÿ™‚

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
The main dining room is magnificent.

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
This wooden creature is some sort of good luck symbol hanging from a ceiling, but I forget the story.

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
The hunting room.

Reichsburg castle at Cochem
A tough-looking castle cat sharpening his claws on a grape-vine trunk.

Cat at Cochem
Back in Cochem, at one of the two oldest cemeteries.

at Cochem
We continued touring Cochem on foot with Marcus for a while, then had free time to wander and explore on our own.

at Cochem
A maze of narrow streets with all manner of shops.

Narrow streets in Cochem
Ah, a wine shop – a great place to get a bottle of local Riesling.

Wine shop at Cochem
ATMs, or bankomats, are plentiful even in medieval towns.

Bankomat at Cochem
Me getting to know a local ๐Ÿ™‚

Sculpture at Cochem
Back across the bridge to the River Queen for lunch. She really is one of the most beautiful ships on the rivers of Europe.

The River Queen on the Mosel River at Cochem
After lunch, we boarded 3 buses for a half-hour trip to the village of Ediger-Eller, where the mayor took us on a lengthy and varied tour.

By bus along the Mosel River
Details on the steeple of Saint Martinโ€™s Catholic Parish Church (Pfarrkirche St. Martin).

Church steeple at Ediger-Eller
Fortifications at the base of the church. This wall was first mentioned in 1459, though the actual construction date is not known.

Fortification wall at Ediger-Eller
Inside the church, we were treated to a wonderful organ concert, with a complex 250-year-old organ.

Church altar at Ediger-Eller
Here’s a 3-minute video of some of the organ concert.

The organist did a demonstration for us to see after the listening part of the event.

Organist at Ediger-Eller
We then went to a hall for some entertainment that included sampling 3 locals wines of different types and vintages.

Wines of Ediger-Eller
The mayor’s uncle seemed to enjoy his part of the show. We certainly enjoyed him.

Piano player at Ediger-Eller
Back to Cochem by bus, we sailed at 6:00pm, headed to our furthest point up the Mosel, Trier.

Sailing up the Moselle River from Cochem


On the Mosel River – a Day in Cochem and Ediger-Eller — 2 Comments

  1. Murray,
    Really enjoying your trip !!

    Do you, by any chance, have an audio recording of the church organ you heard ?
    I have loved pipe organ music since grammar school !!


  2. Thanks, Dave – nice to hear that you’re enjoying it. I actually have done a couple of short organ videos including this one but have to get home to post them due to Internet access issues here. Update: that video has now been added into the body of the post.