Closure of Promenadenweg
Permanent closure of the towpath and promenade path along the Rhine below the Pfaffendorf bridge from Weindorf 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.

Führungsgruppe im Hof der Festung Ehrenbreitstein auf der Wein und Kultur Führung ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH, Johannes Bruchhof
Guided tour of the fortress
On the one-hour guided tour, you will experience how history comes to life at Festung Ehrenbreitstein with original historical sites, from Roman fortifications to knights' castles and Prussian fortifications.
History of the Festung Ehrenbreitstein

standing 118 meters above the Rhine, Festung Ehrenbreitstein probably offers the most fantastic view of Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. 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. Today, Ehrenbreitstein is the only surviving Prussian fortress from the 19th century, the largest historical fortress in Europe after Gibraltar and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Its location and facilities, easy accessibility via Seilbahn and the spectacular view, which can be enjoyed from the wooden viewing platform Rhine-Moselle View, for example, make Festung Ehrenbreitstein one of the most popular excursion destinations in Rhineland-Palatinate.

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.


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


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
Experiences on the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Guided tours
A range of informative and entertaining guided tours await anyone who wants to delve deeper into the fortress's eventful past. You should not miss out on a guided tour of the fortress.
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Festungsführung in Festung Ehrenbreitstein wo Führer die Funktionalität preussischer Waffen zeigt ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH
Festivals and celebrations on historic grounds
A variety of events take place throughout the year at Festung Ehrenbreitstein. From concerts to special exhibitions, the events offer fun for the whole family.
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Konzert im Innenhof der Festung Ehrenbreitstein ©PlusPunktFilm
Logo Reisen für Alle - Barrierefreiheit geprüft ©Reisen für Alle
Travel for all - Certified offer
Find out more about the accessibility of Festung Ehrenbreitstein.
Journey to the Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Our recommendation:
The Seilbahn Koblenz
Float 800 meters over the Rhine to the fortress plateau. The breathtaking Seilbahn ride across the Rhine up to Festung Ehrenbreitstein should not be missed on any visit to Koblenz.
Seilbahn Tickets & Information
Die Seilbahn Koblenz im Gegenlicht der Sonne mit Rhein im Vordergrund und Festung Ehrenbreitstein im Hintergrund ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Alternative arrival
The fortress elevator
Since 2011, the Ehrenbreitstein fortress elevator has connected the former residential town of 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 public transport, is operated like an elevator with a call and start button. All tickets - single, return or combined tickets with the fortress - are available from the ticket machines at the top and bottom stations of the fortress elevator.
Further information about the fortress elevator
Festungsaufzug Festung Ehrenbreitstein ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH
Kombi-Ticket Werbebanner ©Koblenz-Touristik GmbH
Places of interest near the Festung Ehrenbreitstein

Rhine-Moselle View

For the Federal Horticultural Show 2011, the plateau in front of Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was fundamentally redesigned and planted. A viewing platform in the shape of a huge triangle was built by Landesforsten Rheinland-Pfalz, which displayed an...
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Plattform am Abend


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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