koblenz Travel Blog› entry 10 of 42 › view all entries
We arrived in Koblenz and set off to find our hostel. We crossed a bridge and I saw a "castle" up on a big hill and was thinking...that was on the website of our hostel, I think we are staying there. We asked locals on the bus how to get to the youth hostel and they told us when it was our stop and said go up the hill. So we got off with our huge backpacks and hiked up the hill... I was not a happy camper. The Castle seemed more like a prison and we got an errie feeling it was a nazi camp used in WW2.... this is not for certain just a guess on our part. The view from up on the hill at our hostel was amazing of the Rhein river below. We checked into our separate dorms, girls in one boys in another.
We took the chair lift down...nice. Then we wanted to go see Eltz Castle but diapointingly found out it was difficult to get to and once at the train station for there we'd have to walk about a mile to the castle on a dirt path and it might close before we get there. I was disapointed because that is Rick Steves Favorite castle in Europe and the reason for our stop in Koblenz. However I didn't stay upset long when i found out there is another great castle, Marksburg, near by and it was one of the only castles on the rhine not destroyed in any war. We hopped on the bus there and got off at the stop and disapointingly looked up at this high mountain with a castle on top.
We went back to the hostel to the chair lift to find it closed for the night... so we had to hike up again and i was the most unhappy camper ever!!! Most disapointing day although lots of good stuff happened too.