Guide to Cochem, Mosel, Germany
The Mosel Valley is famous for the many quaint villages that cling to its riverbanks.
Cochem is a quaint and quiet little town sitting by the Mosel River in Germany. The center of the Mosel wine trade, Cochem is known for it’s regional wines because of the presence of many vineyards and small wineries owned by families.
Getting to Cochem
Cochem is situated between Trier and Koblenz.
Car: You can either follow the B49/B53 road along the Moselle River (most scenic option), or take the E44 (A48/A1) motorway between the two cities, until exit 2, then go down the hill on the B259 road.
Trains: There are direct local trains from Luxembourg (1h45min), Trier (50min to 1h10min), Koblenz (40 to 55min), Bonn (1h20min), and Cologne.
From Frankfurt, take a train to Koblenz and transit to Cochem.
The train-station of Cochem is in the east side of the town, less than 500 meters from the center. From the train-station and the center of town, you can take frequent bus and less frequent river boat connections to most of the villages along the Mosel-valley, that have no train-connection.
Travelling around Cochem
One can simply walk the streets to get around Cochem. It is after all, the best way to see the town for yourself and interact with the people you meet along the way!
One can also take the bus touring aorund the town – The Mosel-Wein-Express. The tours will start on a regular basis on the big square next to the Mosel-bridge in the centre of Cochem. The ride takes 25 minutes and is 4 Euros. Tickets for this bus can be bought at the tourist information counter at the same place.
What to Do
1. Castle of Cochem, Reichsburg
Address: Schlossstraße 36, 56812 Cochem, Germany
Touring Cochem Castle:
Castle tours are conducted in German. Free translation sheets are available in 12 languages. With advanced booking, for groups of 20 people or more there is the choice of an audio tour in English or ten other languages. For younger visitors (ages 4 to 10), there are special tours, which need to be booked in advance.
Adults: 5.00 €
Children (6-17): 3.00 €
Groups (12 persons and more): 4.50 € per person
Pupils over 18, students: 4.50 €
Family Ticket: 14.50 € (with at least 2 kids under 18)
2. Explore the Market Square
The market square is a gorgeous sight on sunny days. Here, you will see the beautiful St. Martin fountain and baroque Rathaus dating back to 1739. There are many tourist shops selling souvenirs as well as cafes for you to have a cup of coffee and people watch!
3. Wine Tasting
Cochem is full of wine yards run by families of the town and wine tasting is a popular activity here. The best time for wine tasting in Cochem are the months of September and October. There are usually several wine tasting festivals through the year!
The Mosel is mainly famous for its wines made from the Riesling grape. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines.
Wine festivals are huge celebrations and more information on dates, locations and schedules of these festivals can be found here (http://www.ferienland-cochem.de/nextshopcms/show.asp?lang=en&e1=138). Typically May to the beginning of October are filled with weekly festivals!
4. Senfmuhle (Historical Mustard Mill)
The mustard mill is almost 200 years old, run by expert mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens. Experience for yourself how this special gourmet mustard is created following recipes handed down through generations.
Address: Stadionstraße 1, 56812 Cochem, Germany
Opening Hours: Everyday from 10am – 6pm
Biking is a great way to enjoy the sights of Cochem, especially along the river on the flower arrayed Mosel promenade.
If you’re more adventurous, take a hike to see the surrounding areas of Mosel! The Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle located near Cochem in a little residential town called Moselkern. You can take a train to Moselkern and hike by foot to the Burg Eltz. The views here are extraordinary and not to be missed!
The cuisine of the Moselle is diverse – both indigenous and international. For example, smoked eel, baked trout and roach pickled in sour vinegar sauce are typical of Moselle wine festivals.
In addition to meat of all varieties, fish dishes, served hot and cold, are true specialities.
Just as popular are beef with tartar sauce, Tresterfleisch (pork marinated in wine spirits), Winzersteak (pork neck in wine) and “Wingertspool”, translated literally as Weinbergspfahl (vineyard pole), but here as a handy wooden skewer.
In addition, potatoes are served in many ways: as soup, potato fritters, dumplings, steamed “Dämpesja” and jacket potatoes with herby curd cheese.
Where to Eat?
1. Eiscafé bortolot
This place is known for their delicious coffee and icecream.
Bernstraße 25, 56812 Cochem, Germany
2. Ristorante Da Vinci
Be awed by their great food, service and the views from the terrace are just the cherry on top!
Bergstraße 1, 56812 Cochem, Germany
3. Zum Onkel Willi
Endertstraße 39, 56812 Cochem, Germany
Where to Stay
1. Pension Hendriks (B&B)
Jahnstraße 8, 56812 Cochem, Germany
2. Weingut Rademacher (Vineyard & Hotel)
Pinnerstr. 10, Cochem, Germany
3. Hotel Moselflair
Bergstrasse 6, 56812, Cochem
German Trains – FAQ
Domestic high-speed trains in Germany:
ICE (InterCity Express) is the most popular train in Germany, connecting key cities. These high-speed trains travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
ICE Sprinter is the newest brand of extra fast ICE trains, connecting Germany’s main cities: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf, with no stops in between.
The ICE Sprinter is aimed at business travelers and runs during the busy periods at the start and end of the working day. ICE and ICE Sprinter trains include an on-board restaurant. Snacks and drinks can also be served to your seat. In 1st class there may be extras, like newspapers, power sockets, audio channels and video screens.
Regional and intercity Trains:
Regional Express trains connect regional destinations with larger cities. It makes frequent stops and connects with high-speed ICE trains.
Regional bahn trains link all local towns. These trains are slower than Regional Express trains.
What’s the difference between S-Bahn and U-Bahn?
S-Bahn is Suburban train system which only goes below ground in the city center and above, out the city centre.
U-Bahn is the Underground subway train system which covers the city center.
Only the S-Bahn goes to the airport (Flughafen).
Weekend ticket for Up to 5 People (Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket)
- Up to 5 people starting from 40 euros
- Unlimited travel for one day
- Travel across Germany – 2nd class on all regional trains
- Own (grand-)children up to the age of 14 travel for free!
- Satuday or Sunday, from 12 a.m. until 3 a.m. the following day
German Rail Pass
The offer is available as a 5, 10 or 15 day pass and enables visitors to travel on all scheduled trains operated by DB Bahn, high-speed ICE trains included. The German Rail Pass is available for first and second class.
NOTE: A German Rail Pass can only be purchased by travellers holding a valid passport issued by a non-European country.
Full Day Ticket for One (Quer-Durchs-Land-Ticket)
- One day unlimited rail travel anywhere in Germany
- One day from 09:00 a.m. until 03:00 a.m. the following day
- Valid in all regional trains and participating traffic collectives in Germany in 2nd class
- 1st person only 44 euros
- 2nd to 5th person only 8 euros supplement each
- Children under 15 accompanied by their parents or grandparents travel for free in many cases
If you’re only planning to cover a particular region in Germany, you may buy train tickets from the website (https://www.bahn.com/i/view/overseas/en/prices/germany/laender-ticket.shtml) for only that area to save on costs!
There are various other ticket types available for travellers touring Germany. They are all available here: https://www.bahn.com/i/view/overseas/en/prices/index.shtml