After traveling to a few different countries this year I found the best option for not having a working phone but still needing to use my maps function. It's a great FREE App called City Maps 2Go Offline Maps. It's offered for both Apple and Android. It allows you to download all major city maps before you get there. Once it's downloaded to your phone, you can view a working GPS that shows where you are, pin your hotel/attractions before you get there so you know your plan of travel. It shows you how far away something is from where you are standing. There is also a working search bar, just type in the attraction/place/bar/street that you want and it will find it for you! I'm in love with the app and it saves us from buying data in a new country.
Castle 1. Fortress Ehrenbreitstein
After a long day of traveling up and down the Rhine, we decided to start in the city of Koblenz for a few hours. Koblenz is a fairly large city with lots to do and see. It is located right where the Rhine and Mosel connect, also known as Deutsches Eck (German Corner). It has spectacular views of the river and Fortress Ehrenbreitstein. Lots of statues to see and large walking area along the river.
We started off the day by just parking the car downtown. There are plenty of parking houses to choose from. The Koblenz cable cable car was top on my list to do in order to see both the city and the fortress. Head towards the Rhine River and walk to where the two rivers meet. There will be a ticket office where you can purchase both your fortress ticket and cable car ticket together as one. Next head to onto the cable car. Enjoy the easy ride to the top of the fortress. We went when it was almost a downpour, so we lugged umbrellas around all day. About half of the fortress is outside half inside. The inside portion is a museum filled with knowlege about the fortress, worth a look around.
We ate lunch at a small little restaruant along the river, Maximilians Altes Kaufhaus. I'm sure there were more to choose from but this was the first one we saw since it was cold and rainy. I had the gulash and it was amazing. After luch, we strolled down to where all the shops were. At least half the day was spent in Koblenz.
Pretty big cable car with lots of room!
On our ride to the top! Just a little rain!
We obviously couldn't see everything in this trip, but we did see a lot. Make sure to make this trip a few days long, you will be glad you did! I also forgot to mention all the vinyards EVERYWHERE!! Try some local wine with your meal. Bring your hiking shoes, lots of hiking up and down from the castles. You can also take the train on both sides of the Rhine River but there will be even extra walking from the stops, but each little town had a stop. I felt better having the car just because everything was very spaced out. I feel like with the train you would need way more time to see everything.