The double village in one of the countless Moselle bends was founded in the 4th century by a saint. Saint Castor from Aquitaine in what is now southern France lived here as a hermit and gathered a Christian community around him. To this day, his statue stands guard in front of the three-towered collegiate church of St.Castor. A wine and nature trail leads across the terraced slopes to Treis Castle and Wildburg Castle. Several wineries offer tastings. A beautiful hiking trail to Eltz Castle also begins in Karden.
Romantic castle in the dense forest
Tucked away in the dense forest of the River Elz Valley, Burg Elz is considered the prototype of a German castle. It was never found by the troops of Napoleon, so it wasn't destroyed. In 1268 it was divided among three descendants who had to live together in the narrow castle. Each line built its own tract over the centuries and added countless turrets, bay windows and other elements. Guided tours are offered. You can access the castle on foot from Moselkern or from the parking area above Müden, or by car via Münstermaifeld and Wierschem.
Medieval half-timbered house, romantic squares
The village is situated at the end of the Cochemer Krampen, a 20 kilometre long Moselle arch, which is considered to be the most beautiful section of the Moselle. Like many places there, Cochem was already populated by the Romans and Celts. Large parts of the old town were destroyed in the Second World War, but in the meantime Cochem presents itself as a lively small town with rich historical buildings and romantic squares and alleys. Important buildings of the medieval city fortification are still preserved. Historical half-timbered houses can be found above all at the market with its fountain and the baroque town hall as well as in the side streets. Today the Cochem Cultural Centre resides in the Capuchin monastery from 1623.
A walk at a height of 100 meters
With a length of about 360 meters, the suspension rope bridge connects the local communities of Mörsdorf and Sosberg. A walk at a height of about 100 meters offers a magnificent view of the forested slopes of the Mörsdorfer Bachtal. Over nine years and with a lot of voluntary commitment of the local residents, a concept for the imposing construction project was developed, which was finally realized in 2015.
A well-paved path leads from a hikers' parking lot about four kilometers away to the bridge, which can only be reached on foot or by bicycle.
High above Cochem rises the largest hilltop castle on the Moselle. Situated on mighty rock, the Reichsburg with its bay windows and pinnacles is a majestic sight. The medieval castle belonged to the Electors of Trier when it was destroyed by the troops of King Louis XIV in the War of the Palatinate Succession. In the 19th century, Louis Ravené, the equally rich and crazy Berlin commercial councillor, had the ruins restored in neo-Gothic style. Guided tours through the impressive interiors are offered. Besides on Fridays and Saturdays rustic knight meals are offered. The so-called “Gasterey nach Art der alten Rittersleut” is a convivial evening with a four-hour programme.