Special Castle Christmas Market
10th & 11th December 2016
Closed 20th Nov
Welcome to the
Cochem Christmas Market
Picture-postcard Cochem has a fantastic collection of half-timbered houses, a fairy-tale castle, set on a vine-clad hill, and a pleasant riverside promenade.
The Cochem Christmas Market is just as beautiful as the town itself. Festively decorated wooden stalls sell all the gifts and crafts you could wish for. The Glühwein is grown, brewed and produced locally for connoisseurs who only enjoy the best quality.
If Glühwein isn't your cup of tea than the choice of locally made top world famous wines will certainly keep any one else merry. During the second weekend in December the Christmas story is re-enacted as part of a castle tour featuring a living Nativity scene.
In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises - Eifel and Hunsrück - lies the old town of Cochem.
Even the Romans sang praises of this remarkable landscape. It is true - a few things have changed through the centuries, but the attraction has remained the same - above all the Middle Ages have left their marks here.
The magnificent Reichsburg, the big castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. The many delicate pointed towers, battlements and oriels give the impression of a typical fairy tale castle, particularly as it is one of the few castles in Germany, which was rebuilt in its original style after its complete destruction.
As impressive as the castle itself is the view of the Moselle Valley with its beautiful forests, meadows, fields and vineyards, as well as the old part of the town.
The town of Cochem itself is also a sight worth seeing, not only because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, lovingly restored half timbered houses with typical slate roofs, and the historical market-place, but also because of its medieval town gates, churches and walls. For wine lovers there are plenty of wine-growers and restaurant owners who are more than happy take their time introducing you to a great variety of excellent Riesling wines.
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Buy a one day German Rail Länder Ticket and you could explore all the Christmas Markets in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate for one amazing price of:One passenger: €23Extra person: €4Unlimited travel, one price, through out Rhineland-Palatinate (see map above) for up to 5 people, 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. of the following day and on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 0a.m. until 3 a.m. Valid on all local trains (Interregio-Express, Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, S-Bahn). Prices quoted are for 2016 ticket machine purchases only.
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