A city which emerged from one of the most vied for sections of land in Europe, Koblenz today bares the mark of a great, wealthy past, and times when the area was of great strategic importance. Located at the convergence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, Koblenz is blessed with a backdrop of ancient forests, quiet villages and historical buildings, making it an ideal region to tour with a rental car.
First stop for most travellers in Koblenz is the point at which the two rivers merge. Known as Deutsches Eck (German Corner), a visit here provides a great introduction to the area, and show how important the region was both in a defensive sense, as well as for transporting goods along the rivers. At the point, you will also find a massive monument to Emperor Wilhelm, who led the reunification of Germany in the 19th century.
If you look across to the other side of the Rhine River from the base of the monument, you will be able to see Festung Ehrenbreitstein, a huge fortress built high up on the hills overlooking the river. You can drive your hire car across the bridge a little south of here, and visit the site, which is the largest preserved fortress in Europe. The museum within contains great displays on the history of the area also, a great way to find out a little more about the part of the world.
A short drive south of Koblenz with your hire car, you can see one of the most famous castles in Germany, one which conjures up images of fairytales and magical places in the minds of many visitors. Known as Stolzenfels, the castle was originally built in the 15th century, and although damaged and restored several times, is still a magical place to this day.
As the land along the rivers played such an important role in the defence of the region during ancient and medieval times, it's no surprise to find many castles, fortresses and mansions among the towns and forests in the area. Jump in your hire car and head south of Koblenz, towards the town of Rudesheim, also located on the banks of the Rhine. Rudesheim is the centre of wine production in the area, and a great place to try some local produce. Particularly worth a visit is Bromserburg Castle, built in the 10th century, which now contains a wine museum, showing how wine has traditionally been made in the area.
The best way to uncover the heritage in Koblenz is by visiting the famous medieval castles like Stolzenfels and Bromserburg with a hire car. Book your car hire in Koblenz with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. For more information, see our Car Hire FAQ page, check our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.