view of the city of Cochem and castle, Germany from the Moselle River, with sun flare in the blue sky and reflecting on the river at the front on the photo

View of the city of Cochem and castle, Germany from the Moselle River, with sun flare ()

Cochem is a quintessential German town which is why it should be on your bucket list. It has a castle, a large German farm and craft market, and wine vineyards to visit. Cochem’s prime location on the Mosel River allows for beautiful hikes and awesome photo opportunities.

Cochem city center featuring half-timbered houses/archtecture.

Cochem city center (Tamala Malerk)

Neos features IchZeit restaurant and a wine bar which carries local wines. The restaurant offers regional and seasonal fares as well as homemade favorites including schnitzel from the regional butcher, burger rolls from the regional baker, and homemade Pinot Blanc, Riesling and crustation ravioli. You can choose to eat à la carte or make things simple with their delicious three-or-four-course seasonal menu which takes you on a flavorful experience from salad to dessert.

For a more fun time with your food, head on over to Historical Mustard Mill (Historiche Senfmühle Cochem). There are plenty of mustards and sauces for you to taste. For those with more of an appetite, they even sell wurst that you can put your favorite mustard on. People interested in learning more about the mill can see the small museum inside. Once you have found your favorite mustards, you can take them home in gorgeous ceramic jars with matching Senfmühle Cochem wooden spoons, so you get a souvenir after you finish the mustard.

Statue of bronze donkey next to a sign on a wooden easel that reads “Senfmueller’s Heisse Bockwurst:.. mit Senf Ihrer Wahl! | 3.50 euro | Historische Senfmuehle Cochem.” There is a bratwurst with a dollop of mustard next to it on a white plate in the center of the sign.

Senf Museum and Shop (Tamala Malerk)

Alte Thorschenke is the ultimate historical stay in this German town. It has been here since 1332 and has hosted some of Europe’s most famous leaders such as Napoleon, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Maria Theresa of Austria. The hotel has gotten so popular that it had to open up an annex a short walk away. It is not only historical, but also conveniently located in the city center where you can easily access all of the food and fun. There is a restaurant on-site, so you won’t go hungry. You can book your stay at

View of exterior of Cochem castle from inside the castle walls

Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle (Tamala Malerk)

Reichsburg Castle offers guided tours in English and German. There is always something going on at the castle which is the largest along the Mosel River. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy a four-hour medieval feast and performance. In the first week of August, go out for their medieval festival. And, during Advent, celebrate the holiday at the “Cochem Castle Christmas” event featuring the story of Christmas.

Exterior of Cochem Casle from below. Green grass surrounds the castle

Cochem (Reichsburg) Castle (Tamala Malerk)

If that isn’t enough castle for you, 40 minutes down the road, you can visit Burg Eltz, once of the most scenic and best-preserved castles in Germany.

A 3/4 shot of Eltz Castle in the distance with green trees in front

Eltz Castle (Tamala Malerk)

One of the best ways to see all of Cochem and the nearby area is on the local river cruise. A late afternoon or early evening cruise is perfect for watching the sunset. They offer food and drinks on the boat as well as live music. I highly recommend enjoying a piece of apple cake while taking in the sites. The river cruise runs from April through October this year. You can buy tickets at the kiosk in the city center, or you can also buy them in advance at  

Piece of apple cake dusted with powdered sugar on a white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

Apple Cake (Tamala Malerk)

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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