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Most tourists will come to Koblenz for the 2 rivers and for Deutsches Eck but the city itself is worth seeing as well.This is what you see in my pictures :
1) Schaengel / Schaengelchen is the name of this little boy, that you may see standing on a fountain, spitting water at everbody, coming too close or at the wrong time...
The expression dates back to the time, when Koblenz belonged to France ( 1794-1814), when plenty of boys got the name JEAN, but the local people could not pronounce it correctely and called them SCHANG.
Nowadays Schaengelchen is a must, when visiting Koblenz and no tourguide will ever skip it. Simply watch it from a distance before you get any closer, or take a look at the pavement and see, where it is wet, so you will not stand at the wrong place, when Schaengel spits again...
2) Jesuitenplatz is one of the main squares of Koblenz and next to Schaengelchen. The Jesuits founded their monastery and school in 1580 there, but that monastery is used as the townhall of Koblenz since 1895 and still nowadays. I did not go inside, but the baroque stair-case is worth seeing. The jesuit-church was destroyed in WW II and only the facade was restored, that you may see on my 3rd picture.
Jesuitenplatz is surrounded by plenty of great buildings with interesting architecture and Professor Johannes Mueller, a famous son of Koblenz is overlooking all the people in the street-cafes and all of the tourists walking to Schaengelchen, the spitting boy, in another court just behind Jesuitenplatz...
Johannes Mueller (1801-1858) became professor of physiology at the university of Berlin and all of Koblenz is still proud of him !
3) Mittel-Rheinmuseum is an interestiong museum showing exhibits about the history of Koblenz and the area of Middle - Rhine, a lot of sculptures and paintings and a lot more. This building dates back to the year 1419 as a house for shopping and dancing and this is why it was called "Altes Kauf- und Danzhaus" (old spelling of Tanz) afterwards it used to be the old townhall of Koblenz from 1674 till 1729.
4) The synagoge of Koblenz is "Buerresheimer Hof" dating back to the year 1659. It was built by Freiherr von der Leyen-Nickenich and was used as synagoge between 1851 and the so-called Reichskristallnacht in 1938. During WW II the building was completely destroyed and rebuilt again in 1950. It is used as a small jewish museum today and as a public library.
5) The old town of KoblenzIn the pedestrian Zone of Koblenz you may see these 4 great old buildings at the crossing of Altengraben and Loehrstrasse and the house in my 5th pic is one of them. All of these 4 houses have a great tower facing the street-crossing and when you take a closer look, they look similar in the first moment but in fact they are different as well in many ways. These 4 buildings are also perfectly lighted at night, so it makes sense to search for them even when you have just a few hours in Koblenz at night.
Directions: The old city of Koblenz is just a few hundred meters to walk from Deutsches Eck and from the landing-stations of both rivers, Rhine and Mosel.
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