Photographer's Note

Cochem is located on the German Moselle, between Trier and Koblenz.

Cochem Castle, situated on an outstanding hill, 100 metres above the river Moselle, is a popular tourist attraction.
It was mentioned first in a document in 1051 when Richeza, count Palatine Ezzo's oldest daughter and former Queen of Poland, gave the castle to her nephew count palatine Henry I.
It was, with the city, destroyed in March 1689 by French troupes.
In 1868, a Berlin businessman, Mr. Louis Ravené, bougth the castle lands and the ruins.
He rebuild the castle incorporating the remains of the late Gothic buildings into the main castle structure.
The entire structure was rebuilt in the then popular Neo-Gothic architectural style, corresponding to the romantic ideals in vogue in Germany in the 19th century.
Today the castle is still well-equipped with Renaissance and Baroque furniture, which was carefully collected by the Ravené family.
Since 1978 the castle has been owned by the town of Cochem.

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