Had to visit here while in Cochem!
If you are in Cochem, you must visit the Burg. Even if you are just in the Mosel Valley, you need to visit! I had been here many times in the past, but was traveling with my girlfriend and family, who had never been here.
There are a few ways to reach the castle: you can walk from the downtown area pretty well straight up a fairly steep incline. There is a path that goes around it, which is not nearly as steep and a little more scenic. Lastly (and I just discovered this on my last visit), there is parking very close by. I'm not sure how to get to that parking area, but I did see it.
As we went during the winter months, there were a limited number of tours each day (I believe just three). Make sure to check the schedule before you go so that you aren't surprised should it be closed. The cafe/gift shop was also closed for the season, so they weren't able go in there. As a note, tickets are normally purchased in the shop, but the tour guide took the money when the doors opened for the tour.
The tours are usually conducted in German with handouts for other languages. Our tour guide decided to run the tour in three languages (based on our group), which was a lot of fun. Not all of the rooms are open for tours, but there are still enough to feel that you get your money's worth for the visit.
Have no fear to take the little ones along...it will definitely wear them down with all the walking, but they do get a chance to find hidden treasure.
Make sure to leave time to visit this beautifully restored castle if you are in the area!
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