The Lovely Village of Cochem, Germany
"I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other."
- Pete Seeger
I don't think we would have ever discovered Cochem were it not for the advice of a friend. Let's just say we'll be forever grateful to him.
Cochem is a beautiful, small village on the Moselle River. The very early history of Cochem is unknown, but the first mention of it was in a document of the Abbey of Prüm dated 20. XII 866. There is some fascinating historical information dating back to 1085 on this site.
We initially reserved five nights in Cochem and loved it so much that we extended our reservation and stayed for two and a half weeks. It is a peaceful village, particularly on the Cochem-Cond side of the river. In the village center are little shops and restaurants and a Wednesday and Saturday street market. Across the river where we stayed was more of a neighborhood with homes and a couple of hotels. Very quiet. The best thing about this area is that nature outnumbers people and buildings. The trees, the mountains, the river. Good for the soul.
We were there just before tourist season, so the long river cruises were not running but on our final weekend the shorter cruises began, and we took a one-hour cruise up and down the river which we enjoyed a lot. We certainly got our exercise while staying in Cochem, walking into town frequently, walking to the grocery store over two miles each way, a bit of biking along the river, and a climb to the castle that, according to my Fitbit, was 33 floors.
We loved this village, and we hope to return someday. The lady we rented from suggested returning in September and I can imagine that it would be at its most lovely then with the beautiful fall colors on the hillsides, and the perfect weather that is so common in September, not too hot, not too cold.
Our stay in Cochem will be one of our favorite memories from our trip and one of the places we would like to visit again someday.
Pete Seeger (1919-2014), was an American folk singer and songwriter whose career championed folk music as a catalyst for social change. If you are interested in learning more about him, here is a link to an in-depth and interesting article in the New York Times, written at the time of his death.