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Fortress

Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

· 1 review · Fortress · Romantischer Rhein
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  • Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    / Festung Ehrenbreitstein
    Photo: Koblenz Touristik / Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung Ehrenbreitstein - Lange Linie
    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / Dachgärten
    Photo: Friedrich Gier
  • / Festung mit Seilbahn
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung bei Rhein in Flammen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz
  • / Festung im winterlichen Gewand
    Photo: Henry Tornow

With a more than 3000-year-old history, reaching back to the Celts, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is already a special feature due to its long period of use.
At 118 metres above the Rhine, the fortress has the most fantastic views over Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the second largest preserved fortress in Europe, was constructed in its present form between 1817 and 1828. Its origin dates back to the year 1000. Today the fortress is home to the Landesmuseum Koblenz with its diverse exhibitions (e.g. the technical history and archaeology of the country, fortress history with over 20 exciting stations, multimedia presentations and much more), and is also home to the Ehrenmal des Heeres army monument and the Koblenz youth hostel. Ehrenbert Conradine had the fortress built in the year 1000, from whose name “Ehrenbertstein” over time became the “Ehrenbreitstein”. In the 11th century the fortress passed into the ownership of the Trier Archbishop Poppo, whose successors expanded the facilities. The castle hill was enhanced with the Helfenstein fortress in the 12th century, this was later home to counts. Under Archbishop Richard von Greiffenclau in the 15th century there was construction to make the fortress secure against artillery. (Tip: Visit the impressive “Vogel Greif”, the largest canon in Europe in its time and which is still a reminder of this century.) The fortress saw a brisk change of ownership during the Thirty Years’ War. French troops besieged the fortress in 1797 and could only be forced to hand it over in 1799 by being starved out. The fortress was blown up in 1801. After the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the Electorate of Trier for the Rhenish area passed to the Kingdom of Prussia. King Friedrich Wilhelm III ordered the expansion of Koblenz into a fortified city, making it one of the largest fortifications in Europe.

Open from

April - Oktober
10.00 – 18.00 Uhr
18.00 – 00:00 Uhr freier Zutritt Gelände und Gastronomie

November - März
10.00 – 17.00 Uhr
17.00 – 00:00 Uhr freier Zutritt Gelände und Gastronomie

Am 24. und 31. Dezember geschlossen
 

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Disability access

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Accessibility certified

Walking disability and wheelchair users

  • Parking for people with disabilities
  • Step-free access to the building/object/terrain (via elevator/ramp if necessary)
  • All other rooms and facilities available to the guests are infinitely accessible by elevator or ramp
  • 90 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • 80 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • 70 cm minimum width of all passageways/doors
  • Toilets for people with disabilities
  • Lateral accessible toilet for a wheelchair
  • Hinged grab rail in the toilet at least on the accessible side

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • There are four marked parking spaces for people with disabilities (parking space size: 350 cm x 500 cm; distance to entrance 50 m).
  • The path from the car park to the entrance is easy to walk and drive on.
  • The automatically opening entrance door is 140 cm wide, access to the building is threshold-free and stepless.
  • The counter with cash desk area is 90 cm to 110 cm high. 
  • The doors and passageways of the public areas are at least 90 cm wide.
  • All rooms that can be used by the guest are at ground level or can be reached by elevator.
  • The cab size of the central elevator is 110 cm x 140 cm. The door is 90 cm wide. Operating elements are not arranged on a horizontal control panel.
  • There is a stair lift. The size of the platform is 150 cm x 124 cm.
  • Exhibits and information in the exhibition can be seen and read in a sitting position.
  • There are no guided tours offered for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users.
  • Aids offered: wheelchair, walker

Public toilet for people with disabilities

  • The toilet door can be opened with a Euro key.
  • The toilet is accessible from both sides (at least 90 cm x 70 cm).
  • The manoeuvring spaces in front of the toilet and the washbasin are at least 145 cm x 145 cm.
  • There are handles which can be folded up on both sides.
  • The washbasin is wheelchair compatible and the mirror can be seen while standing or sitting.
PDF report on accessibility for Walking disability and wheelchair users

Hearing impaired and deaf

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • There is no audio induction loop at the counter and no alarm in the building.
  • In the elevator, the outgoing emergency call is not visually confirmed.
  • In the exhibition information is conveyed in written form.
  • Guided tours with FM systems (e.g. headphones, neck ring loops) for people with hearing disabilities and for deaf people are offered in German sign language.
PDF report on accessibility for Hearing impaired and deaf

Visually impaired and blind

  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Continuous guidance system with floor indicators
  • Information in Braille or in prismatic font

All areas relevant for testing meet the quality criteria of the label "Accessibility tested - accessible for people with visual impairments and blind people".

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • Assistance dogs are allowed.
  • Outdoor paths have no tactilely detectable walkway boundaries.
  • In the entrance area there is a glass door without safety markings. The door opens automatically.
  • The entrance to the customer room is visually rich in contrast and can be recognized by a tactile change of floor covering.
  • There are no carousel or rotary doors.
  • Rooms and corridors are brightly illuminated.
  • There are no obstacles, e.g. objects protruding into the path/room.
  • There are visually contrasting and tactile ground indicators in outdoor areas.
  • An emergency call is confirmed audibly in the elevator. The stopping position is announced by speech. The signage is available in Braille.
  • In the exhibition, information is conveyed acoustically and in Braille or prismatic writing. An audio guide is available.
  • Guided tours for visually impaired and blind people are offered. Exhibits for touching are available. A reservation is desired.
  • Aids offered: reading aids (reading glasses, magnifying glasses)
PDF report on accessibility for Visually impaired and blind

Cognitive disability

Some information on accessibility are listed below. For detailed information please see the evaluation report at the end of the text.

  • Name and logo are clearly visible from the outside.
  • The destination of the route is usually within sight.
PDF report on accessibility for Cognitive disability
This audit report was prepared by: Reisen für Alle
Period of certification: May 01, 2017 - April 30, 2020

Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
12.9 km
4:30 h
494 m
491 m
8.9 km
3:00 h
239 m
255 m
25.9 km
1:51 h
16 m
23 m
188.9 km
55:52 h
5466 m
5401 m
356.9 km
5:29 h
625 m
609 m
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Hans Janssens
January 02, 2019 · Community
Mooi onderhouden kasteel, mooie infrastructuur interessant op winterdagen en minder mooie dagen; in een aantal nevenzalen zijn er nog wat andere tijdelijke tentoonstellingen inbegrepen. wijzelf hebben net buiten het domein geparkeerd (Greiffenklaustrasse), 2 uur met parkeerschijf; deze tijd was voor ons voldoende.
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Kulturzentrum Festung Ehrenbreitstein

56077 Koblenz
Phone (0049) 261 66750

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