The train trip from Bern to Koblenz generally follows the Rhine River. The most scenic part of the trip is between Mainz to Koblenz.
Away from the major cities of Europe, Koblenz offers a change of pace. The statues, fountains, old buildings and myriad of alleys and arcades make this a pleasant stopover for a day or two, and lack of graffiti is a nice change.
Our accommodation was a comfortable bedroom in a small apartment where we shared the bathroom and kitchen with the host (not at the same time!).
The Moselle River flows into the Rhine River at Koblenz (the town name ‘Koblenz’ is Latin for confluence). The Rhine then flows north eventually reaching the Netherlands and the North Sea. In fact Blue Heeler journeyed along a short stretch of the Rhine River last year as we travelled through the Netherlands’ Staand Mastroute.
The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress sits high on the eastern side of the Rhine River. The fort can be reached by foot, funicular or cable car. At the time of our visit the cable car was not operating as it was out of season so we trudged up the hill for good views of Koblenz.
There are heaps of places to eat and a good variety of cuisines – Indian, Thai, Turkish, and so on – all at reasonable prices. Near the Deutsches Eck are the Köningsbacker Biergarten and Eiscafegood to enjoy an ice cream, beer and snack and watch the passers by. The Irish Pub is a good place to grab a Guinness and have a chat to the Scouse manager!
Having the Interrail pass makes our trip flexible. So with a weekend coming up, we decided to visit a city we’ve visited in the past. Our train took us from Koblenz to Trier; Trier to Luxembourg; Luxembourg to Nancy in France; then from Nancy we caught the TGV to Paris. Reservations are required on the TGV but not the connecting regional trains.
So here we go for a weekend in Paris!