118 meters above the Rhine, from the Festung Ehrenbreitstein you have probably the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. The Festung Ehrenbreitstein, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was built in its current form between 1817 and 1828. Its origins date back to the year 1000.
Flug über die Festung
During the Thirty Years' War, the castle experienced a lively change of ownership. in 1797, French troops laid siege to the fortress, but were only able to force a surrender by starvation in 1799. in 1801 they had the fortress blown up. In 1815, after the Congress of Vienna transferred the Rhenish territories of Kurtrier to the Kingdom of Prussia, King Frederick William III ordered the expansion of Koblenz into a fortified city, and one of the largest fortifications in Europe was built.