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📸 Photograph by @magictiron
Cochem, the Pearl of the River Moselle in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Photo credit: @gurrastrom
Couched in the high, vine-clad slopes of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - the Eifel and Hunsrück ranges - lies the old town of Cochem, a beautiful quaint town in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), in western Germany. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape.
The town of half-timbered houses, scurrying streets and medieval gates is on a loop in the river, under the steady watch of the Romantic Imperial Castle, the Reichsburg Cochem, a Medieval toll castle, rebuilt in a fairytale style in the 1870s.
The original castle was first built around the year 1,000. Perched prominently on a hill over 100 m (328 ft) above the Moselle River, it served to collect tolls from passing ships. Before its destruction by French King Louis XIV's troops in 1689, the castle had a long and fascinating history. It changed hands numerous times and, like most castles, also changed its form over the centuries.
Cochem Castle remained a colorful stone ruin for 180 years until wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené decided to buy the ruins and then reconstructed the castle in 1868 in the Neo-Gothic style that we see today.
However, some original Romanesque and Gothic elements, including the four-story Octagonal Tower and the Hexenturm (Witches Tower), were incorporated into Ravené's new castle.
After the war, the castle was given to the newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate and then sold to the city of Cochem in 1978 who still own and operate the castle. Today it is open to the public by guided tours.