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Koblenz at the confluence of Mosel and Rhine

Koblenz, lies on the Rhine and the Mosel rivers ("confluentes flumines"). On the right bank of the Rhine where the massive fortress Ehrenbreitstein is the gateway to the Hunsrück, Eifel and Westerwald areas. The German Corner, where the Mosel flows into the Rhine, goes back to a German order that settled there in the early 13th century. There is a monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I to remind us of the epoch of the Prussian totalitarian state in German history. There was a longstanding debate about whether or not the statue of the horseman, which was destroyed in WWII, should be restored. A private foundation wished to do this and finally, in 1993, the monument was unveiled at the German Corner during a public celebration complete with rock music (instead of marching music and cannon fire). The same patron and art historian is also responsible for the Ludwig museum of French modern art with its changing exhibitions of current French art at the historical Deutschherrenhaus.
 
An excursion very worth taking in this city moulded by European history and culture is to the medieval church of St. Castor (first consecrated in 836). The walk across the Balduin bridge on the other side of the Mosel with its view of the old castle (1277), the path through the Florins market to the Liebfrauen City parish church (first mentioned in 1277) and built upon the foundations from the 5th and 6th centuries), are worthwile side trips. Make a visit to the New Castle (1777-1787) and take a boat ride over to the elector's residence below the fortress Ehrenbreitstein on the other side of the Rhine. The Beethoven family residence is also located here.

«German Corner» where the Mosel flows into the Rhine (Mosel Valley)
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