Last week my friend Eeva and I decided we wanted a day out, so we looked at a map of Germany, made some Google searches, and decided on Koblenz. I’d fancied visiting Koblenz for a while because it looked beautiful on some photos I’d seen, and it turned out to be just as beautiful in real life.
When we arrived in Koblenz we wandered around aimlessly for a little bit, or juoksentelimme as Eeva, the Finnish girl, may say, because we hadn’t really planned anything we wanted to do except eat vegan cake.
With the help of Google Maps, we made our way to a Schloss which disappointingly turned out to simply be a large white building. Although it wasn’t exactly the fairytale palace we were expecting, it had a lovely flower-filled garden which definitely compensated for what the architecture lacked.
We then headed to the Deutsches Eck, a headland where the river Mosel joins the Rhein. Shaped like a triangle and decorated with the flag of each German Bundesland, it’s a really interesting sight and gives a great view of the river. It also features a huge equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the first German emperor. Eeva and I really loved it, we stood for ages just watching the river and taking photos.
Ready to tick vegan cake off the Koblenz wish list, we headed to a café called Café Bistro Pfefferminzje which offers loads of vegan food. The café is nestled in the Altstadt so the walk there was beautiful, the old town’s streets are so pretty.
The café itself is one of the cutest cafes I’ve ever been to. All its furniture was wicker and there were plants and flowers everywhere, it was like stepping into the Secret Garden.
The food was amazing. I’ve always wanted to try a Pfannkuchen, a German pancake which is often savoury, but have never been anywhere that serves a vegan version. However, there were two types of vegan Pfannkuchen on Café Pfefferminzje’s menu which was amazing. Eeva and I both ordered one and they were delicious.
We then had chocolate blueberry cake which was topped with vegan cream, it was one of the loveliest things I’ve ever eaten in Germany. We ate it all in a little garden outside, it was so whimsical, we wanted to stay there forever.
However, we also wanted to ride a cable car to a Koblenz’s Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, so we sadly left the café and made our way back to the river. We bought Kombi-tickets for around 14€ which included two cable car rides cross the river and entrance to the fortress exhibition.
The cable car journey gave some amazing views of the river and the fortress, we loved it.
The fortress itself was really cool, it’s massive and so fun to explore. Despite abysmal signage, we managed to make our way around all the important parts using an actual paper map (so retro), a monumental achievement for two gals without a bearing between them.
The fortress also features a little museum showing different parts of German history. Randomly, it seemed to focus on the evolution of kitchen interiors which was sort of hilarious but interesting nonetheless.
Once we’d seen everything that the fortress had to offer, we started making our way back to the train station. We got to see some more parts of Koblenz on the way, including the lovely Jesuitenplatz and the first “euro shop” I’ve ever seen (not quite as good as Poundland but it came close).
We had a little spare time so grabbed some ice cream from a gelateria near the station and ate it out in the sun before saying goodbye to Koblenz. It’s such a beautiful German city, I’m so glad Eeva and I chose it for our day out.