Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cochem, Germany - What a Castle!

DID YOU KNOW?
Around a scenic bend on the Mosel River in Germany, there is an amazing castle that nestles right into the hillside in a little town called Cochem.  The history of this castle dates back to the year 1000AD when the original castle was built. In the late 1600s it was taken over and torched to the ground, basically demolished by French soldiers. It was rebuilt 200 years later in the 1800s by a Berlin business man who bought the grounds and incorporated the ruins in the rebuild. It was a trend for the wealthy of that generation to rebuild on ruins to use it as a summer home.  What a truly incredible place to call a summer home I tell ya!




As we came cruising around the bend and the castle started coming into view, our group started humming "When You Wish Upon a Star".  There were a number of breathtaking things I didn't expect in Germany that felt like a dream.  This was one of them. I am so happy to be reliving this trip!


The ten minute walking tour inclining up to the castle was worth every step and bead of sweat, the whole route was picturesque and postcard worthy.


When we finally made it up to the castle, it was so breathtaking the journey to get there was completely forgotten.  This being our first trip to Europe, I can't tell you the amount of time my jaw seemed permanently in the dropped position.


The inside of this gorgeous castle rivaled the outside and was obviously made for the royalty it served over the years.  To think that most of the craftsmanship is from the 17th Century just blows my mind.







As for the views...forget about it!  
Could you even imagine this being the view from your summer home??  Talk about living like a royal..










24 comments:

Mayor Gia said...

Wow! Great pictures as always!

the robot mommy said...

I want to go now!!

Tara Tyler said...

so jealous of your travels! i need to go to germany! beautiful! i love castles =)

Julie said...

I want that view in The Compound!

laughing abi said...

This one is definitely my fave so far. The history in that architecture is amazing. Since you've never been to my house I feel totally comfortable telling you it looks eerily similar to that first pic.

Cherstin Holtzman said...

Hi, Coffee Lovin' Mom! Fellow coffee lover and blogger here! I enjoyed your blog this morning. I've never been to Europe, but I felt almost as if I were there when I saw those gorgeous photos! Yes, I could definitely call that my summer home without batting an eyelash at the amenities, that's for sure!

I'm also blogging A to Z, and I love what everyone is doing! This has been so much fun! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you'll have in store!

Branmaxson1 said...

That is so cool! I love your photos!

Sylvia said...

So very beautiful! I would really like to visit Germany one day. Thank you for sharing.

New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

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Andi-Roo said...

Def. gotta add Germany to my list of countries to visit. I was born in Wiesbaden but have never seen a bit of the people, culture, or land. It's my greatest wish to travel there someday. Thank you for giving me a peek of what's to come, someday in my future. :)

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Divamomone said...

Now that is a CASTLE!!!! Loved your post. On my to see list before leaving planet earth.
dreamweaver

Daddy's in Charge? said...

I didn't get to your Cochem... We only ate dinner there as we stopped at other little towns along the Mosel. It was beautiful though. I am always struck by the colorful flowers. It's just a beautiful place

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thanks MG! I'm glad you always show up :)

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I don't know what I expected from Germany but I didn't expect the awe striking beauty and all the vineyards..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I would like it out my back door too!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

omg I have to come visit now!! I bet we are closer than we think we are...

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I enjoyed yours last night and will be sure and go back to see what else you have in store. I would love to go back there someday - best views ever

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Thank you!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

This was on the Mosel River - I hear it's beautiful on the Rhine too. There are so many beautiful places there..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I would definitely recommend it for your list!

Jennifer Lane said...

I think I like the views from the castle better than the views of the castle (though they were gorgeous too). One of those town photos reminded me of European Vacation, ha ha.

Jennifer Hall said...

I did NOT know! Gorgeous! Really, very cool. Thanks for linking up!

Sarcasm Goddess said...

You are killing me with this series! I wanna go so badly! Beautiful!

Stephiliboo10 said...

I love your blog! Good work! Grabbing your badge as well! :)

Arvilla Howe said...

sitting in Starbucks and day dreaming about the castles what fun

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