Promenade Closure
Permanent closure of the towpath and promenade path along the Rhine below the Pfaffendorf bridge from the wine village to the castle steps.
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Luftaufnahme von der Festung Ehrenbreitstein mit dem Deutschen Eck, Rhein, Mosel und Koblenz im Hintergrund ©Adobe Stock

Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Cultural enjoyment with vision.


From the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 118 meters above the Rhine, you have probably the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, 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.

Führungsgruppe im Hof der Festung Ehrenbreitstein auf der Wein und Kultur Führung ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH, Johannes Bruchhof
Fortress tour
During the one-hour guided tour, you will experience how history comes alive on the Festung Ehrenbreitstein with original historical sites, from the fortified buildings of the Romans to the castles of the knights and the Prussian fortifications.

Landesmuseum Koblenz

The State Museum has permanent collections documenting important aspects of the region’s technological developments as well as its economic and social history. Exhibitions on archaeology and the history of the fortress are two of the more recent...
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Flug über die Festung


History of the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Image: Bird Griffin. The impressive cannon, the largest in Europe in its time, which still reminds us of this century.
From Ehrenbertstein to Ehrenbreitstein
The Conradine Ehrenbert had a castle built around the year 1000, whose name "Ehrenbertstein" became "Ehrenbreitstein" in the course of time. In the 11th century, the castle became the property of the Trier archbishop Poppo, whose successor enlarged the complex. In the 12th century, the castle hill was enriched by Helfenstein Castle, seat of the later counts. In the 15th century, under Archbishop Richard von Greiffenclau, the castle was expanded into a fortress protected against artillery.
Kanone Vogel Greif im Landesmuseum Koblenz ©GDKE Rheinland-Pfalz / Pfeuffer

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. One of the largest fortifications in Europe was built.

The fortress system without equal

Explore the fortress city of Koblenz

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Luftaufnahme von dem Koblenzer Stadtteil Ehrenbreitstein mit der Festung, dem deutschen Eck und dem Zusammenfluss von Rhein und Mosel  ©Dominik Ketz | Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
Guided tours on the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
A number of informative and entertaining guided tours await those who wish to delve deeper into the turbulent past of the fortress. A guided tour of the fortress is not to be missed.
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Festungsführung in Festung Ehrenbreitstein wo Führer die Funktionalität preussischer Waffen zeigt ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH
Journey to the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Float 800 meters over the Rhine to the fortress plateu

The Seilbahn Koblenz

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Die Seilbahn Koblenz im Gegenlicht der Sonne mit Rhein im Vordergrund und Festung Ehrenbreitstein im Hintergrund ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Alternative arrival
With the fortress elevator up to the cultural center Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Since 2011, the Ehrenbreitstein fortress elevator has connected the former residence Ehrenbreitstein, located on the right bank of the Rhine, with the cultural center in just under three minutes. The fortress elevator, which is connected to the public transport system, is operated like an elevator with call and start buttons. All tickets - single, return or combined with the fortress - are available from the ticket machines at the top and bottom stations of the fortress elevator.
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Festungsaufzug Festung Ehrenbreitstein ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH
Logo Reisen für Alle - Barrierefreiheit geprüft ©Reisen für Alle
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Parties and celebrations on historic grounds

Events on the Festung Ehrenbreitstein

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Konzert im Innenhof der Festung Ehrenbreitstein ©PlusPunktFilm
Places of interest near the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Experience Koblenz
Discover the city on the Rhine and Moselle according to your personal taste. Take a look at the various experience pages and plan your next vacation according to your wishes!
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Zwei Männer von der Seite halten Weingläser und blicken auf die Stadt Koblenz beim Sonnenuntergang ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH, Philip Bruederle

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