Business hours

11.03.-01.11.2017

guided tours:
daily from 09.00 - 17.00 o'clock

castle restaurant:
daily from 10.00 - 18.00 o'clock

Guided tour in English language daily at 12.00 and 15.00 hrs.

Events

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF COCHEM CASTLE

In the course of the planning the construction of a railway line between Koblenz and Metz along the Moselle, our region attracted the interest of Ravené and he fell in love with the ruin of Cochem castle.

Together with the government building officer Hermann Ende, Ravené put in an application already at the beginning of 1867 to the Prussian area administration in order to buy the ruin and rebuild it. About one year later in 1868 the then Prussian King Wilhelm I authorized the sale on the following conditions:

  1. The preservation of the standing ruins and the reconstruction according to historic parameters (copperplate brown and Hogenberg)
  2. Authorization of the building plans by the Minister for science and culture
  3. Partial opening of the castle for the public
  4. Pre-emption right of the state

The sum of 300 Talers was a symbolic price, they orientated themselves on a similar case – the sale of the ruin Hammerstein.

In June 1868 under the direction of Professor and royal building officer Ende, they started to clear away the huge piles of debris, and uncovered and secured all the foundation walls, and the foundations as well as cellars on the Moselle side of the castle and the castle well. The castle was rebuilt on top and the highest rooms were furnished for the constructor.

As from 1871 the second part of the reconstruction was started under the direction of building officer Julius Carl Raschdorff. Building officer Raschdorff was known for renaissance buildings (the Wallraf Richartz, museum in Cologne) he had previously been town master builder in Cologne and had already acquired an excellent reputation.

The planning of the exterior was kept in accordance with the conditions of sale. The sketched plans from the architectural drawing book are still available today. The planning of the interior was also left to Raschdorff, however these sketches were not passed on down to us today.
The interior design was assigned to Prof. Ernst Ewald from Berlin. He designed the intricate painted decoration on the ceilings and the walls on the inside and the outside. The poker work he carried out either himself or had his employees Göthe and the painter Münster from Cologne do it for him. But local artists and craftsmen also played a part. The rooms are accordingly decorative and the furniture is appropriately comfortable. The old styles of building were taken into consideration, which had been used in its one thousand year old history.

SConsequently our guests today during the guided tour will come across, amongst other things, a dining room in Neo-renaissance style, a gothic and a Romanesque room. In 1877 the inauguration of the castle and the opening of the Emperor Wilhelm railway tunnel were celebrated with a banquet in the knight’s hall in the castle. High ranking guests were present. The seat next to Mr Ravené, however remained empty, as his wife had left him.