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Exploring: Cochem & Reichsburg Castle

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The charming town of Cochem sits on the Mosel river in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, known for it’s beauty, slopes of vineyards and the Reichsburg castle that sits on a hill overlooking the town. It’s a popular destination among tourists, mostly older couples doing cross country roadtrips on their RVs or young married couples with a baby or two — just something we observed, as Gab and I hardly saw anyone of our age.

The date is the 10th of October. Gab and I made our way to Germany from Switzerland, with two heavy backpacks, missing our train in the process. Actually, we didn’t technically miss the train. We got on in time, but decided to change train coaches, and the moment we got off, we hadn’t realized the train was due to leave that exact moment too. Fortunately, the swiss railway ticket vendor told us not to worry about missing our train because it’s off-peak season, meaning we wouldn’t need to purchase a whole new ticket to get seats, and our train conductor didn’t mind that we were on the wrong train to Germany either.

Cochem HauptbahnhofOur Airbnb host offered to pick us up from Cochem’s hauptbahnhof (train station) so we wouldn’t have to worry about looking for the house. She was unreachable when we arrived, much to our dismay. Gab was starting to get frustrated, we were already both so exhausted and it’s only been 10 days into our Eurotrip. We walked ’til we reached the main town and contemplated on renting bikes to make our way to the Airbnb, but the bike rental owner warned us of long winding uphill roads and advised us to take a cab instead. We were desperate to get to our Airbnb and relax before exploring the town, so we took his advice.

The Airbnb was only 5 minutes from the main area of town by car, and in the end we had to pay 7 Euros, but it was worth it considering the unforeseen hassles we were already facing.


Exploring Reichsburg Castle

When Gab and I were planning the Eurotrip, I was mostly in charge of what we were going to see. I’m a sucker for history, and castles are full of it. In total, I’ve visited 7 castles (if I’m not mistaken) in the two times I visited Europe, it’s something I really look forward to do.

Cochem Reichsburg CastleThe Reichsburg Castle (or also known as Cochem Castle) has a thousand years of history behind it. Today, it’s a lively place where visitors can enjoy guided tours, partake in a “Knights Meal” where a medieval dinner is prepared, complete with authentic cuisines, costumes and entertainment. 

Cochem 2015 (31 of 52)On our second day in Cochem, Gab and I took a cab from our Airbnb straight up to the castle, blame it on my laziness to walk into town and wait for the shuttle that will take us up and then walk our way up the hill to the castle entrance. The cab took us straight into the castle entrance, past all the other tourists walking from the shuttle drop off area. I felt a little guilty for spending on a cab, but ultimately, I was glad I skipped through all the walking.Cochem 2015 (25 of 52)
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Reichsburg Castle Interiors

Cochem 2015 (24 of 52)Cochem 2015 (26 of 52)Apparently, humans back then were on average as tall as me. That’s pretty small for a knight. The armor on my left belonged to the tallest man in Cochem during medieval times, and even for today’s standards, he’s a proper giant.

Cochem 2015 (20 of 52)The hunting room where displays of stuffed animals hunted around the area can be found. Unfortunately, I don’t know how old these are but they’re in great condition. Either they’re not very old or the medieval taxidermist is the best in the world.Cochem 2015 (23 of 52)Cochem 2015 (21 of 52)Cochem 2015 (22 of 52)Cochem 2015 (15 of 52)Most, if not all, castles have rooms where people can gather after dinner to talk and entertain themselves. This room is my favorite with the beautiful tiled furnace. I can only imagine what the people in the portraits used to do in this room by the fire, maybe playing a deck of cards or gossiping about the chambermaid’s affair with the young prince or something. Haha

Cochem 2015 (13 of 52)This room is where a lot of councils, discussions, arguments, you name it, were held. It reminded me a bit of “Game of Thrones”, which apparently was quite like the history of the castle.

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It’s a famous local superstition that rubbing the exposed belly of the mermaid will bring you good luck. Gab and I rubbed it, just in case. We found more of these hung around the different rooms of the castle.


Exploring the town of Cochem

Just like in any other city Gab and I have visited, we explored the town on foot and let ourselves get lost in its streets along with the many tourists, checking out local shops, eating ice cream, and taking photos.

Cochem, GermanyTown of CochemCochem 2015 (47 of 52)Flea Markets are common around Europe. It’s one of my favorite things to check out and see what knick-knacks are being sold.

Cochem 2015 (44 of 52)Cochem 2015 (45 of 52)Creepy old dolls are the most popular you’ll find in flea markets. I don’t think I’ve ever stopped by a flea market without seeing one!

Cochem 2015 (43 of 52)Cochem 2015 (41 of 52)I wish I was quirky enough to pull off pastel pink boots.

Cochem 2015 (40 of 52)Every hipster’s dream, a working typewriter in great quality condition… It didn’t appeal to me, but that’s because I already have my own typewriter. haha

Cochem 2015 (38 of 52)When I get a place of my own, all my plates will be mismatched and I’ll collect them from flea markets such as this. 

Cochem Reichsburg Castle 2Another view of the beautiful castle. I swear, it’s like a real life fairytale.

Camie Juan & Gab de LeonGab and I ended the day quite early, we headed back to the airbnb to cook some dinner and relax. Our third day would be hiking up to Burg Eltz… But I’ll save that for another blog post as a guide on how to get there. ;-)

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37 Comments

  • Reply Louise Ramos 4 March 2016 at 12:56 pm

    It’s like fairytale land omg, way better than Disney! Your photos had me lusting over a Eurotrip! (Or any trip soon for that matter) And old dolls creep me out too. As always, you and Gab look so cute ❤️❤️❤️
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    • Reply Camie Juan 4 March 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hahahah thanks Louise!! Those old dolls really creep me out. I dont even like going near them. And when I took photos I had images of them haunting me LOL so in my head I talk to them and say “i’ll just take your photo k? Im gonna show it on my blog cause ur so prettyyy…….” Hahahahha

  • Reply Yza Marzan 4 March 2016 at 1:02 pm

    that castle is so pretty! Though it gives off a modern vibe and not that much medieval? idk haha

    • Reply Camie Juan 4 March 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Its because it’s been reconstructed after being destroyed due to a siege! I shouldve included that bit. Haha the castle’s interiors are mostly baroque/romanesque too. So i guess thats why!

  • Reply Katrina Calado 4 March 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I felt like your photos brought me to cochem, the castle is very interesting. I hope I can go there myself its so beautiful. Nice blog post ate Camie :) looking forward to your other eurotrip blog posts.

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Burg Eltz (the second castle we visited in Germany) is my favorite of all. I’m writing about it next :)

  • Reply Corinth 4 March 2016 at 3:26 pm

    That room reminded me of Game of Thrones too, even before I started reading the caption! HAHA. Love all the photos Camie! I would love to step foot inside a real castle one day! And yes to getting lost in the streets of a foreign land! I’ve done that quite a lot during my trip to Montreal. It’s the best way to explore a place.

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:12 pm

      You need to visit Europe before you start a family!!! HAHA It’s a must.:-P

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 4 March 2016 at 5:46 pm

    There’s something so magical and eerie about castles, I love them!

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    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Same! But once you find out the history behind most of them, no longer so magical, just eerie or sad. Haha

  • Reply Paul Riyadh Chuapoco 4 March 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Excellent photos and storytelling (as usual), Camie!

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Paul <3

  • Reply Michelle Bio 4 March 2016 at 9:59 pm

    The wooden spiral staircase caught my eye! Also the door with metal details, which reminded me of the door vault at Gringotts haha

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Hahaha! I never even noticed until you mentioned it! :D

  • Reply renalexis01 5 March 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, I would love to travel here some time in the future! It’s just so dreamy. <3

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:21 pm

      The next castle I’m blogging about is even dreamier! <3

  • Reply Joyce 6 March 2016 at 2:08 am

    Totally Game of Thrones. Haha. I love the way you tell stories about your travels, Camie. One question. Did you buy a plate from this place for your future plate display? :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Joyce. No I wasn’t able to cause we still had a lot of traveling to do and I didn’t want to risk breaking it :(

  • Reply Richel V. 6 March 2016 at 9:39 am

    Castles would be on top of the list if I end up doing a Eurotrip – okay, maybe second since Eiffel tower takes the top spot. Lovely photos as always, Camie! And that one photo did remind me of GOT, haha.

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    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Castles definitely need to be on top of your list!!! Do Paris for Eiffel Tower then take a day trip to Versailles for Chateau de Versaille (not a castle but more of a palace but still so gorgeous!!!) :D

  • Reply ELAINE 6 March 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Love the photos, Camie! It’s as if you brought me there with you!

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Elaine <3

  • Reply ashleyclaisse 6 March 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Wow! Wish I could go there someday.. nice photos camie!!

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks Ashley :) Plan for it ;-)

  • Reply Lou 7 March 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Everything looks really expensive Haha Thanks for touring us around, Camie! :D

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 March 2016 at 8:05 pm

      It’s a little pricey but sooo worth it! :)

  • Reply Joy Generoso 8 March 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Camie! I’m your silent stalker since last year but now I feel the need to ask you something. I so love your travel stories and your photos inspired me to visit Cochem and the castles. We were in Germany last year Munich and Rhine Valley (St. Goar and Boppard) unfortunately I didn’t know about Reichsburg Castle and Burg Eltz. =( so we missed it. This year, hubby and I planned to go back… is it possible to visit both castles in one day? How many hours we need to spend each castle? Would love to hear from you. =D

  • Reply Rej Relova 10 March 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Your photos are stunning as always, Camie. I’d love to visit castles in person (I haven’t even seen one IRL)! They’re already beautiful, the way you captured them, but I think it’ll be better if I see it with my own eyes.

  • Reply Jeini Relova 10 March 2016 at 9:52 pm

    The place looks awesome Camie. The more that I want to go to Germany someday. It’s nice you and Gab had a nice stroll. :)

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  • Reply dahrrenspd 11 March 2016 at 9:10 am

    Ahh, castles <3
    I'm adding this up to my own travel bucketlist. Thanks for touring us around, Camie!

  • Reply Kaye 12 March 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’m looking at the interior of the castle and I could really say that old ancestral houses here in the Philippines are influenced to a certain degree by the interior of European houses. Then I remembered that we were once colonized by a European country for centuries. We’re like a half-European country. Hahaha!

  • Reply lifegoingthirty 14 March 2016 at 7:21 pm

    You might want to visit Dubai also. :)

  • Reply Jae 17 March 2016 at 3:51 am

    Loved reading through your travel experience at Cochem! The castles look like they were plucked out of a medieval film or book—I love discovering about history of places we go to, too!

    I know of another blogger friend who is currently in Germany because her husband plays professional hockey there, and the streets of Cochem is similar to what she usually shares on Snapchat, especially the one with Subway in it. I just don’t remember exactly where they live in Germany!

    • Reply Camie Juan 17 March 2016 at 10:49 pm

      How lucky. I wish I lived in Europe every single day, I doubt I’d ever get bored. I mean I definitely didn’t when I was in Lyon for 2 months. I had the best time and even the most (considered) mundane things over there never bored me. Not the view outside my bedroom window, not the train stations, not the bus stops… Siiiiggghhhh. SOOON!!!

  • Reply bakewritelove 17 March 2016 at 11:22 pm

    stunning photos!

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