If you are traveling to Germany, you can forget about tasting the delicious German food or rubbing elbows with the gorgeous populace. Germany’s main tourist attraction will be all the beautiful castles in the country, and chief among them is the Cochem Castle. The Castle is one of the oldest in the country, dating back to the year 1000 AD and home to the Palatinate counts. It was also given as a gift to Henry I by his aunt, the one-time Queen of Poland Richeza.
The castle is treasured by locals, owing to the legend that tells of a lowly servant who overhead a group of armed men planning to attack, and hurried back to Cochem Castle to warn the people of the impending attack. This warning allowed the castle’s knights to prepare and overwhelm the attacking men. This legend is celebrated via their Knipp Monday, which honors the servant and the knights with food and wine.
The castle offers to tourists what is called a “Knight’s Meal, which consists of the Lord of the Manor serving you a cup of the local Moselle wine, and attends to you as you participate in a 4-hour feast. The feast will allow you to sample the authentic Cochem cuisine and learn all about the period’s customs and tradition. There will also be actual minstrels and jesters performing, and the evening ends with a knighting ceremony. This is easily the highlight of any visit to Cochlem castle, and will require booking tickets in advance.
The Cochem Castle is of course situated in Cochem, deep in the Rhineland region. The castle itself is hard to miss as it sits on top of a 100m hill overlooking the Moselle River. If you have a GPS device, you can simply use the address Schloßstraße 36 in 56812 Cochem and let technology do the rest.
Keep in mind that visiting the Castle is not something that you can decide upon willy nilly. The castle itself is only open daily from 9AM until 5PM from March to November, with the castle’s restaurant opening and closing one hour later, from 10AM to 6PM. During the country’s cold winter months, you have to time your visit very carefully because the castle is only open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays and in a reduced capacity. The castle’s restaurant is closed during the winter time.