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Reichsburg Cochem - Cochem Imperial Castle

Sep 29, 2021

๐Ÿฐ The ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜€๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ - Cochem Imperial Castle - stands on a hill in Cochem by the Moselle river in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.


Felix Berger auf Pixabay

๐Ÿฐ While not entirely clear, it is assumed that Cochem Castle was built around 1000 by Count Palatine Ezzo. The castle is mentioned in documents in 1051 when Ezzoโ€™s eldest daughter turned over the castle to her nephew Heinrich I.

๐Ÿฐ In 1151, King Konrad III took the castle by force and thereby made it a Staufer Imperial Castle.

๐Ÿฐ In 1688, the castle as well as the city of Cochem were occupied by French King Louis XIVโ€™s, the sun king, troops. They destroyed the castle and much of the city.

๐Ÿฐ A merchant from Berlin, Louis Ravenรฉ bought the ruin in 1868 for 300 Goldmark and, over the 10 years restored it to his liking. 

๐Ÿฐ In 1942, Cochem castle became property of the German Reich, and since 1978, it belongs to the city of Cochem.


Ronile auf Pixabay (both)

Luna04 - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066063

Luna04 - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1066050

โ€œ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ดโ€

"Knippmontag" is a celebration on the Monday after White Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, which takes place in Cochem on the โ€œKnipp Meadowโ€.

On White Sunday around 300 years ago, a castle servant was riding to visit his girl-friend when he saw a group of French troops. He overheard them planning an attack on Cochem Castle the next day. The servant turned around to inform the lord of what he had heard. The knights and servants armed themselves and were able to fight off the attackers. The lord was so thankful that he gave his servants Monday off.

That Monday, called ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ด, is a holiday for the people of Cochem. When they hear the salute from the castle at 1pm it is their sign to grab their picnic equipment and food and make their way to ๐—ž๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ-๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ above the castle. There they meet with others, talk, eat, and drink. The โ€œ๐—•๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€โ€ (personal wine jug) with a โ€œ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜‚๐—ฟโ€ (carrot) as a stopper is a must. Often there is music by a local club, and a good time is had by everybody.


Copper engraving 1567

For more info about and photos https://www.rhein-zeitung.de/region/aus-den-lokalredaktionen/kreis-cochem-zellartikel,-knippmontag-der-hoechste-feiertag-in-cochem-arid,1968498.html

Tours of the courtyards and interiors are available. The cafรฉs are open. More information on https://reichsburg-cochem.de/?lang=en 

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