A-Z of My Favourite Holiday Destinations: Cochem

The Moselle River in Cochem, Germany

My first visit to Germany was a school trip to the Rheinland in 2006. One of the towns we visited then was Cochem, in the Moselle Valley.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Cochem when the weather’s been bad. Every time I’ve been the weather has been brilliant.

I like this area of Germany so much that as soon as international travel is permitted again, this is an area I’ll be heading to in the car.

I’ve driven straight to work from Cochem before – That was in 2018. I had just a 4 hour stop in Calais on the way. Leaving Cochem at 13:00 I arrived at work at 07:30 the next morning after getting a ferry in the middle of the night.

Cochem is located between Trier and Koblenz, and is just over 100 miles from Frankfurt. This small town makes a lovely place to come for a day trip – or stay for a while and enjoy the town and the wider Rheinland-Pfalz region.

I particularly enjoy taking the Sesselbahn (Chair lift) up to a viewpoint overlooking Cochem and the Moselle Valley.

There’s also the Bundesbank Bunker which dates back to the Second World War. After the war it is where billions of Deutschmarks were secretly stored – this was so secret that not even the East German Stasi, with spies planted in a number of West German organisations, knew about it.

Reichsburg Castle, a short walk away from the town centre, is also a good place to visit in Cochem.

Cochem has many hotels, B&Bs and apartments to stay in, bars, cafes and restaurants to eat or drink in. It isn’t a busy town – very peaceful. Worth a visit. Seems to be popular with the Dutch.

Here are some of my favourite photos of Cochem.

Fred Hart

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