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Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
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Koblenz Day Trip from Frankfurt: Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Rhine Valley Cable...
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Cologne, Germany
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“Interesting site”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This rebuilt fortress overlooks the city of Koblenz and offers a nice skyline view. Be sure to visit when the weather is nice because you will be mostly outside. There is also a large park next to the fort. Walking through the fort itself is a little like a maze and you might get lost if you don't get a map from the ticket office. Without a guided tour, you don't really know what to stop and observe. The most interesting part was the original ruins in the basement where they also have a simple media projection-show to explain some of the history.

We could have spent more time looking around at the fortress, but there was nothing to spark our interest. You can get a similar view of the city from the surrounding park without entering the fort.

We ate lunch at the "Restaurant Casino" inside the fortress and were terribly disappointed - we wrote a separate review for this.

We parked near the fortress in a free lot outside of the surrounding park. There was a parking lot closer to the fortress inside the park, but this was restricted because there were two weddings happening during the Saturday we visited.

Since we started at the fortress, we took the cable car down to the city to explore and then rode back in the evening. The cable car ride is very scenic and is recommended, but be aware of the closing time! They shorten the running time to 6pm in September and we had to keep an eye on the clock.

Visited September 2013
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“Great View, Okay Destination”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We took the cable car across the river, which is definitely advisable. It's an amazing view that really sets the stage for the fortress.

There's a big park area up top, just outside the fortress proper, that is very pretty. We didn't have a ton of time to explore, but it seemed like a great place to picnic. Lots of sun, a nice breeze, and comfy grass.

The fortress itself was okay. There's a fair amount to see, but it's pretty big and it's not always very clear how to get where you're going. A few times, we walked down big hallways and corridors only to end up in a vast empty courtyard.

There's a nice little cafe there. The food was pretty decent, if a little pricey. The waitstaff was okay, and pretty accommodating of my awful German, though one waiter was a little snooty about it. It's at least worth grabbing a beer and taking in the panorama.

There's a museum there that was okay for a stroll through, but unless something catches your eye, you probably wouldn't want to spend too much time there. We didn't see any "No photography" signs around there, but upon entering with a camera in my hand, it was explained to me. A stern gentlemen followed us around to ensure we didn't photograph anything, which is maybe why I didn't love the place.

If I had it to do over again, I'd probably skip entering the fortress itself, or at least make sure to time my visit to match a guided tour.

Visited July 2013
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Pune, India
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“Very impressive view, very confusing directions”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

The cable car ride up to the fortress and down again provided spectacular views of the river and the city (particularly the Deutsches Eck area). However, the time spent at the fortress was disappointing because we - and several others - were unable to navigate from one place of interest to another because the orientation map provided and the signs on the ground were very confusing. Since the places of interest are all numbered on the orientation sheet all that needs to be done is to place corresponding numbers on the ground and arrows indicating in which direction to proceed in order to reach the next attraction.

Visited September 2013
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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

I would recommend this in combination with the cable car. There are some nice exhibitions about the history of the fortress. You get a nice view of the Rhine-Moesel confluence. There is also a nice little restaurant in between the battlements. Don't miss the little garden on top and the Greif cannon.

Visited September 2013
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Buckden, United Kingdom
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“Massively interesting”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

... and I do mean massive. That's the overriding impression; it looks very big from Koblenz on the other side of the Rhein, but when you're up there, with those huge, thick walls, well, there's just so much of it. Despite there being only a relatively small number of buildings open to the public, there is still access to the vast majority of the site and, really, that was still enough to fill most of a day.
Naturally, there are the general fortressy things to see, such as the tunnels, dungeons and various weaponry, not to mention the great views across the river from the battlements; but also there is a modern and well-presented musum, a really good photographic exhibition, another on gardens and horticulture, still another on local industry; all very much more interesting than I'm making them sound.
Even my wife (not a great fan of this sort of thing) enjoyed her visit and it wasn't just because of the biergarten.
There's a good deal with a combined cable car and fortress ticket, or otherwise, it's a quite pleasant walk from Koblenz, down across to the Paffendorfer bridge and along the river, with a choice of some very steep steps or a sort of funicular railway to get up to the fortress itself.
Enjoy your day.

Visited August 2013
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