The southwest of Koblenz is the Reichsburg Cochem, a beautiful stronghold that is a must for every castle fan.
Around 1030, according to the general assumption, the castle of Cochem was built under Count Ezzo, son and successor of Count Palatine Hermann Pusillius.
The castle was first documented in 1051 when Richeza, eldest daughter of Count Palatine Ezzo and formerly Queen of Poland, transferred the castle to her nephew, Count Palatine Heinrich I, that year.
Even after the Ezzonen lost the Palatinate dignity, Cochem remained connected to the Palatinate county.
King Konrad III put an end to a later dispute over the dignity of the Palatinate in 1151 by occupying Cochem Castle with castle men and finally bringing it under his control as a finished imperial loan.
With this, Cochem Castle became an imperial castle during the Staufer period.
Now Reichsministeriale - with the title Burggraf - were used for the administration of the castle and imperial property.
When troops of the French king Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, invaded the Rhine and Moselle regions during the Palatinate War of Succession, Cochem Castle was also occupied in 1688.
After the entire city was occupied by French troops in March 1689, the castle was set on fire in 1688 and blown up.
In that year almost the entire city of Cochem fell victim to the destruction of the French troops.
A ruin until 1868, the castle was bought by the merchant Louis Ravené for 300 gold marks - he had it rebuilt (as he imagined).
The restored castle became the property of the German Empire in 1942 and has been owned by the city of Cochem since 1978.
June 19, 2020
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