Should You Visit Koblenz?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Summary: The fortress is a major highlight of the Middle-Rhine Valley, but the city offers little to the typical tourist.

At the Mosel and Rhine confluence, Koblenz is perhaps the most strategically located city in Germany. Its strategic importance was understood even by the Romans, who established the fortified town of Confluentes to control the traffic on both rivers. Today, the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein dominates the confluence of the Rivers, with the small old town of Koblenz offering a charming afternoon adventure.

Its strategic importance meant that the city was almost entirely destroyed in WWII. Despite its small size, Koblenz was proportionally among Europe’s most devastated urban centers. However, the fortress survived without significant damage, and parts of the old town were reconstructed.

Should you visit Koblenz?

Rating CategoryScore
Historical Preservation5
Cultural Immersion6
Final Score5.5

I try to give ratings relative to the best that Europe has to offer. For Germany, with its war-torn cities, 6.5 is above average. Typically, you would expect a score of 5-6.


From a tourism perspective, Koblenz gets a 6 since it is a well-known destination on the UNESCO heritage list. This recognition means it has all the amenities any tourist could need. It is also well located for exploration up the Mosel and Lahn valleys and the Rhine. I personally think Koblenz is a fantastic destination, even if it does not quite live up to the historical preservation one might expect.

Historical Preservation

In terms of historical preservation, Koblenz gets a 4. Less than 10% survived than the prewar city, and even more was dismantled in successive decades. However, a small corner of the old town was lovingly restored and crafted to follow the old street grid. Even a few streets survived the war, and exploring these corners might take an hour or so.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel The mighty walls of Ehrenbreitstein are the main attraction in Koblenz.

Cultural Immersion

Regarding cultural immersion, a 6 is appropriate, as, on the one hand, you can feel that the city is German to the core, but during the summer, it can feel a bit like a historical theme park. I recommend visiting in the Autumn during the festival season to get the fully immersive experience of locals getting drunk on the latest wine harvest.


It’s a major city, so everything is easily accessible. I score Koblenz a bit lower at a 5 for interactivity because everything is so far apart, and the number of things to visit is quite sub-par. Aside from the churches and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, there are a few special-interest museums and no civic buildings, towers, or other things tourists can visit or interact with. It’s very much a city that one goes to look at.

Should You Visit?

Only worth visiting if you want to see the fortress

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

Traveling Around Koblenz

The first thing to consider when visiting is that the central train station is very far from the old town and fortress. If you are not driving, I recommend taking a train to Stadtmitte station or using the city bus system. There will be nothing worth mentioning in the otherwise 20-30 minute walk across the city.

Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel Here are my essential stops in Koblenz. A visit to the old town of Koblenz will not take more than two hours at most, but the fortress is substantial and will make for a solid day.

From there, there are a number of things to see and do, which I cover in more depth in the following article:

For a more detailed guide to Koblenz

Exploring Koblenz: Fortress Germany

Exploring Koblenz: Fortress Germany

Dominated by the might Fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, the city of Koblenz has controlled the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine River for centuries. Let’s explore the forgotten history of the Fortress of the Rhine.


Koblenz is a cute, charming town with a lovely old square and a fantastic fortress above the Rhine. The city itself, however, is not especially worth going far out of your way to see. For those living in the area, it makes an excellent afternoon day trip or for the many festivals hosted in the city or fortress.

Koblenz Opening Hours

To make life easier, I have attached a list of the main opening hours for Koblenz. Compared to other destinations, Koblenz is a pretty easy city to visit, and in general, you do not need to be concerned with when things are open or closed.

DestinationOpening Hours
Fortress EhrenbreitsteinEvery day 10.00 – 18.00 (Summer) & 10.00 – 16.30 (Winter)
Fort Großfürst KonstantinSaturdays 10:00 – 13:00 (Summer)
Townhall StaircaseWeekdays (9:00 – 17:00)
St. CastorEvery day 9:00 – 18:00 (Except during church service)
Liebfrauenkirche (Church of our Lady)Every day 8:30 – 17:00 (Except during church service)
St. FlorinEvery day 10.30 – 17.30 (Except during church service)

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