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This castle, sitting about 100 m above the small town Cochem on Moselle river, probably was built about the year 1000. It first was mentioned in a deed of 1130 and it was property of the Lorraine palsgrave. In 1151 it was occupied by king Konrad III and it became an imperial fiefdom. Thus Cochem became an imperial castle in the time when the Staufer dynasty reigned in Germany.
In 1294 king Adolf von Nassau pawned the castle and the city of Cochem as well as the surrounding imperial property of about 50 villages to Boemund I of Trier (Treves) in order to pay for his coronation as German emperor. But neither Adolf nor his successor, king Albrecht of Austria could redeem the pledge. For this reason the archbishops of Trier kept Cochem as a hereditary fiefdom until 1794. Under the reign of Archbishop Balduin (1307-1354) the old castle was fortified and enlarged.

In 1689 the town of Cochem was almost completely destroyed during the Palatine war of succession by troops of the French king Louis XIV and the castle was put on fire, undermined and blown up on May 19th of 1689.
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The Reichsburg was a ruin until 1868 when the Berlin businessman Jacob Frederic Louis Ravené bought it at the prize of 300 gold mark. He reconstructed it in neo-Gothic style. Since 1978 the city of Cochem is owner
of the castle.

In my photo you can see a part of the very picturesque Old Town of Cochem on the left river bank and the district Cond on the right river bank.

In the workshop you can see a closeup photo of this remarkable castle.

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