Koblenz mit Rhein und Mosel
Koblenz with Rhine and Moselle

The old-established residents of Koblenz are fond of calling themselves “Kowelenzer Schängel”. The name commemorates the fact that for 20 years (between 1794 and 1813) the city of Koblenz belonged to France. This close “association” resulted in the birth – often out of wedlock – of a lot of new little citizens of Koblenz who were often named “Jean” to remind them of their roots. The Rhineland dialect, however, changed “Jean” to “Schang”, or to its diminutive “Schängel”.

Blick von Festung Ehrenbreitstein auf Koblenz
View of Koblenz from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Situated a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Jesuitenplatz in the Old Town,

the Schängel in the form of a bronze boy, has a mischievous way of drawing attention to himself: He has a nasty surprise in store if you get too close, so take care! The best-known corner of Germany is “Deutsches Eck” or “German Corner”. This is where “Old Father Rhine” meets “Mother Moselle”. The waters of the two rivers wash around the headland where the recently restored monument to Emperor Wilhelm II stands. Ehrenbreitstein Fortress dominates the opposite bank of the Rhine. It formed the main part of a Prussian ring fortification system which once surrounded the entire city. One of the city’s most beautiful squares is the Florinsmarkt, which is home to the Gothic Merchants’ and Dance Hall, the old jury house and the Florinskirche.Gazing past the Alte Burg (Old Castle), once an important noble residence and now home to the municipal archive, you glimpse the stone Balduin Bridge which has spanned the Moselle for almost 700 years.


The Old Town is the heart of the city. Here the Schängel and other statues of
Koblenz originals such as the “Pefferminzje”, “dä Gummi” and the “Schutzmann
von Anekdötchen” take you back to the good old days when Koblenz was
capital of the Rhine Province. Koblenz is a charming place to shop as well, particularly the atmospheric Old Town with its small boutiques, original shops, cosy street cafés, ice cream parlours, restaurants and bars. As a regional hub, Koblenz offers a wealth of shopping, cultural, sporting and leisure activities and has always attracted people from all over the region. The city is also a major tourist attraction, both in Rhineland-Palatinate and the ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’
UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Jesuitenplatz 2-4

56068 Koblenz






  • Old Town
  • Deutsches Eck and Kaiser memorial
  • Rheinanlagen riverside park
  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • St. Kastor Church, Deutschherrenhaus and Blumenhof
  • Landesmuseum at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Middel Rhine Museum
  • Ludwig Museum
  • Rhine Museum
  • Rheinisches Fastnachtsmuseum (Carnival Museum)
  • Railway Museum
  • Military technology study collection
  • Deinhardt Cellar Museum
  • Mutter-Beethoven-Haus
  • Archeological collection

Leisure Activities

  • Open air and indoor swimming pools
  • Statt Strand (city beach)
  • Wide range of sports and cultural activities
  • City Theathre
  • Watersports, yacht and boating marina
  • Premium hiking trails Rheinsteig and RheinBurgenWeg
  • Cycle path network
  • BUGA cable car


  • World Heritage Day / Augustafest
  • Int. Street Performers’ and Arts Festival (August)
  • Rhein in Flammen (2nd Saturday in August)
  • Schängelmarkt (September)
  • Horizonte Festival at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (July)
  • Historical reenactments
  • Christmas Market (November to Christmas)