FROM VALLENDAR TO KOBLENZ - DECEMBER 2005
The roughly 8.5 km walk from Vallendar to Koblenz along the Rhine River is an amazing experience, in particular in a sunny, though cold, day!
"START WALKING - The riverside park in Vallendar is quite nice"
"RHINE MIRROR - It looked so intensively blue..."
"NIDERWERTH - Facing Vallendar, just across the bridge built in 1958, are the islands of Niederwerth and Graswerth. Niederwerth is inhabited, while Graswerth is a natural reserve"
"NORTH AND SOUTH - The Rhine River looked so gentle this Saturday"
"LUNCH BREAK - Another great advantage of this walk is the existence of some pretty nice restaurants by the River, where you may stop for lunch (and a hearty one, actually...). Gretchens at Urbar is one of them"
"AFTER LUNCH - Keep walking and get closer to Koblenz"
"DEUTSCHES ECK - Wilhelm I (dem Grossen) at the German Corner, as seen from the other side of the Rhine"
"EHRENBREITSTEIN FORTRESS - On the same-named mountain, it was built by Prussia between 1817 and 1832 and guarded the middle Rhine region. The fortress was never attacked"
"THE KURFÜRSTLICHE CASTLE was the residence of the last archbishop and Prince Elector of Trier, Clemens Wenzeslaus of Saxonia, that had it built by the end the 18th century. Later, the Prussian Crown Prince (who would become Emperor Wilhelm I) lived here as a military governor of North Rhine-Westphalia for some years"
"PREUSSISCHES REGIERUNGSGEBÄUBE – The old Prussian Government building was built from 1902 to 1906 under the advice of Paul Kieschke, from Berlin, and served the regional government of Koblenz. Today it hosts the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB)"
"LÖHRSTRASSE is one of the liveliest places in Koblenz. Located in the heart of the pedestrian zone, it’s full of small shops and department stores, including the famous Löhr Centre, a great shopping mall with an outstanding selection of restaurants"