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Coat of arms of the city of Cochem
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Coordinates: 50 ° 9 ′  N , 7 ° 10 ′  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Cochem cell
Association municipality : Cochem
Height : 85 m above sea level NHN
Area : 21.2 km 2
Residents: 5240 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 247 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56812
Area code : 02671
License plate : COC, ZEL
Community key : 07 1 35 020
City structure: 4 districts

City administration address :
Markt 1
56812 Cochem
Website :
City Mayor : Walter Schmitz (CDU)
Location of the city of Cochem in the Cochem-Zell district
Kalenborn (bei Kaisersesch) Eppenberg (Eifel) Laubach (Eifel) Leienkaul Müllenbach (bei Mayen) Hauroth Urmersbach Masburg Düngenheim Kaisersesch Landkern Illerich Eulgem Hambuch Gamlen Zettingen Kaifenheim Brachtendorf Ulmen (Eifel) Alflen Auderath Filz (Eifel) Wollmerath Schmitt Büchel (Eifel) Wagenhausen (Eifel) Gillenbeuren Gevenich Weiler (bei Ulmen) Lutzerath Bad Bertrich Urschmitt Kliding Beuren (Eifel) Moselkern Müden (Mosel) Treis-Karden Lütz Lieg Roes Möntenich Forst (Eifel) Dünfus Brohl Binningen (Eifel) Wirfus Brieden Kail Pommern (Mosel) Briedel Altlay Peterswald-Löffelscheid Haserich Sosberg Forst (Hunsrück) Altstrimmig Reidenhausen Mittelstrimmig Blankenrath Panzweiler Walhausen Schauren (bei Blankenrath) Tellig Hesweiler Liesenich Moritzheim Grenderich Zell (Mosel) Neef Bullay Sankt Aldegund Alf (Mosel) Pünderich Greimersburg Klotten Faid Dohr Bremm Bruttig-Fankel Senheim Nehren (Mosel) Ediger-Eller Mesenich Valwig Ernst (Mosel) Beilstein (Mosel) Ellenz-Poltersdorf Briedern Cochem Landkreis Vulkaneifel Landkreis Bernkastel-Wittlich Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreismap
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Cochem ([ ˈkɔxm̩ ], formerly also Kochem ) is the district town and the largest town in the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Cochem-Zell . With just over 5000 inhabitants, Cochem is the smallest district town in Germany before Kusel . Since June 7th, 2009 she has been a member of the Cochem community . According to state planning, Cochem is designated as a medium-sized center.


Geographical location

The city center and the upstream district of Sehl are on the left bank of the Moselle , the district of Cond on the right bank of the Moselle. The Brauheck district with the commercial area, the air barracks and a new building area is located on the Eifelhöhe on federal highway 259 , about two kilometers from the city center. The Forsterhof, Ströherhof, Kremerhof, Lescherhof, Schafstallerhof, Scharburgerhof and Schuwerackerhof residential areas also belong to Cochem .

Panorama of Cochem with the Reichsburg Cochem on the right


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High water marks in the old town
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Pedestrian walkways in Ravenéstraße

In Cochem the Kraklebach, the Ebernacher Bach, the Sehlerbach, the Falzbach, the Märtscheltbach and the Endertbach flow into the Moselle.


In winter and spring, the Moselle floods on some days . In the past, the promenade and the streets behind it with their single-storey shops and restaurants were flooded regularly, sometimes several times in a winter half-year. However, this tendency is somewhat downward. The last major floods occurred in December 1993, January 1995 and January 2003.

The majority of those affected try to prepare for these events and to limit the damage through appropriate choice of materials for interior construction (e.g. water-resistant wall and floor coverings, corresponding doors). In some cases, shelves, kitchen equipment or other parts of the inventory are designed so that they can be moved to higher floors as easily as possible. The aim is to return to normal business life as quickly as possible after the floods have receded.

For pedestrian traffic within the town and to ensure the accessibility of the houses enclosed by the water, walkways made of prefabricated parts are built if necessary.


Cochem, 1897
Cochem with the Reichsburg in the background (2017)
Inauguration of the Skagerrak Bridge on January 23, 1927

Cochem was already settled in the times of the Celts and Romans. In the year 886 it is mentioned for the first time as villa cuchema in a document. Other names: Cuhckeme , Chuckeme 893, Cochemo 1051, Chuchumo 1056, Kuchema 1130, Cuchemo 1136, Cocheme 1144, then Cuchme , until the 18th century Cochheim / Cocheim . Cochem was imperial , was in 1294 by King Adolf of Nassau pledged to the Archbishopric of Trier and stayed until the French occupation in 1794 Kurtrierisches territory. In 1332 Cochem was granted city rights, and the city fortifications that still exist today were built soon afterwards. An epidemic of plague raged in the city between 1423 and 1425. In 1623, Elector Lothar von Metternich initiated the establishment of a Capuchin convent and the construction of a small monastery. During the Thirty Years War, the city was besieged but not conquered. In 1689 Louis XIV's troops first burned down the Winneburg and then conquered the town and castle of Cochem. The reconstruction was slow. French revolutionary troops occupied Cochem in 1794, and in 1815 the site was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna . Jacob Frederic Louis Ravené bought the ruins of the former imperial castle in 1866 and began rebuilding. Only after the construction of the Moselle bridge in Cochem in 1927 were the two fishing villages of Cond and Sehl incorporated in the course of an administrative reform in 1932. On January 23, 1927 the first Moselle bridge, the Skagerrak Bridge , was inaugurated. During the Second World War, bombs destroyed large parts of Cochem's old town and the Moselle bridge. After the war, the bridge was rebuilt and inaugurated on September 29, 1949. Since 1946 the city has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate .

The second Cochem Moselle Bridge (also called the North Bridge) was built between 1990 and 1993 and inaugurated on September 3, 1993.

In 2011, a 500 kg aircraft bomb from the Second World War was found and defused during renovations by Deutsche Bahn . Another, smaller bomb in the vicinity was discovered years ago, but was concreted in at the time and remains in its place because it is considered harmless and the cost of a possible recovery would be high.


City council

The Cochem city ​​council consists of 22 council members and the city mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats since the local elections in 2019 :

choice SPD CDU GREEN CBG FWG total
2019 6th 9 3 2 2 22 seats
2014 6th 9 2 3 2 22 seats
2009 6th 9 2 3 2 22 seats
2004 6th 10 1 3 2 22 seats
1999 6th 11 1 2 2 22 seats
1994 7th 10 3 2 - 22 seats
1989 6th 10 2 3 - 21 seats
1984 7th 9 - 5 - 21 seats
1979 7th 11 - 3 - 21 seats
1974 5 10 - 6th - 21 seats
  • CBG = Cochemer Bürger-Gemeinschaft eV
  • FWG = Free Voting Group Cochem-Brauheck eV


mayor Term of office
Johann Kayser (politician) Mayor from 1611 to 1653
Stephanus Schmeckler mayor
Johann Kirzer min. from 1688 to 1689
Johann Adam Sydrach Consul 1696
Johannes Albertus Finger Consul 1698
Wilhelm Contzen Consul 1703
Johann Gerlach Hölzenbein 1707
Anton Zenzen Mayor of Sehl 1714
Johann Canaris Mayor of Cochem 1714
Nikolaus Maas before 1733
Richard Hammes 1733
Philipp Christoffel Wirtz 1748
Franz Anton Wirtz, 1759
Paul Kraft 1761
Johann Lambert Joseph Pliester Consul 1761, Mayor 1762
Johann Albert Hammes 1763-1764
Theodor Neus, city consul 1764 Mayor 1765
Franz Joseph Birck 1766
Johann Albert Driesch 1766-1768
Lorenz Kirchem 1769-1770
Johann Josef Höltzel Pre-Consul 1771
Johan Friderichs 1771
Albert Raab 1772-1781
Johann Albert Driesch 1783-1788
Arnold Joseph Finger May 1794
Peter Franz Oster February 9, 1805-1816
Joseph Franz Keiffenheim 1816-1848
Citizen's Mastery Administrator closer, 1848
Hermann Corell 1850-1873
Hermann Joseph Breuer 1873-1885
Clemens Conrads 1885-1897
Hubert Lützenkirchen 1897–1919 (honorary citizen of the city of Cochem)
Wilhelm Schmitz 1919-1923
Karl bull 1925-1934
Aloys Elsen 1934-1945
Jakob Rudolf Pauly 1945-1949
Ferdinand Hillebrand 1949-1957
Willy Massoth , 1957–1969 (first full-time mayor)
Anno Vey (1934-2019) 1969-1975
Horst Hoffmann 1975-1995
Herbert Hilken 1995-2011
Wolfgang Lambertz 2011-2018
Walter Schmitz elected in 2018

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Cochem
Blazon : “Split of silver (white) and red; in front a continuous red bar cross, behind a silver (white) hand with black sleeve breaking out of the gap, holding up two diagonally crossed golden (yellow) keys. "

Town twinning


Verbandsgemeinde Cochem

After the councils of both municipalities had agreed to a “voluntary merger” on October 23, 2008, the previously free city of Cochem was incorporated into the Cochem-Land association as a municipality belonging to the association . To this end, the state government passed a corresponding law on February 18, 2009, which, among other things, regulated the transfer of assets from the city to the municipality. The Verbandsgemeinde was also named Verbandsgemeinde Cochem .

Culture and sights


Parish church of St. Martin: old choir from the 15th century.

Reichsburg Cochem

Reichsburg Cochem (2012)

The Reichsburg Cochem was first mentioned in a document in 1130. 1151 she was by King Konrad III. occupied and declared a Reichsburg. In 1688 troops of the French King Louis XIV occupied the castle in the course of the Palatinate War of Succession and destroyed it in 1689. The castle complex remained in ruins for a long time before it was bought in 1868 by the Berlin merchant Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené for 300 thalers and restored in neo-Gothic style was built. It has been owned by the city of Cochem since 1978 and is now under the administration of Reichsburg GmbH.

Winneburg castle ruins

Winneburg, seen from Wilhelmshöhe

The Winneburg was built in the second half of the 13th century. It was first mentioned in a document in 1304 as the property of a Wirich von Wunnenberg. In the centuries that followed, the castle complex was steadily expanded, but remained in the possession of the Lords of Wunnenberg (later Winneburg). After this family died out in 1637, the castle came into the possession of the von Metternich family in the middle of the 17th century . In 1689 the castle was besieged, captured and blown up by French troops during the War of the Palatinate Succession . The Winneburg was henceforth not rebuilt and remained in ruins. In 1832, Prince von Metternich bought the castle ruins. However, there was no reconstruction. It has belonged to the city of Cochem since 1932.

Pestkapelle St. Rochus, called Peterskapelle

St. Rochus plague chapel
Information board Pest Chapel St. Rochus

In 1422 Archbishop Otto v. Ziegenhain Cochem on the occasion of the plague for ten years from property taxes and appraisals . The first development seems to date from this time, which is referred to as S. Pettersberg on the engraving by Braun and Hogenberg . There was an inn next to a small rectangular chapel. The keystone made of red sandstone above the west portal probably dates from this time. Despite the heavy weathering, a high relief of a Mother of God sitting on clouds with the child, framed by a double pass, can be seen. In 1666 the plague returned to Cochem again. This was probably the reason for Philipp Emmerich von Winneburg and Dietrich Adolf von Metternich, on Beilstein and Winneburg, to donate a new building to the parish in 1680. With this new building, the plague saint, St. Rochus, came to the fore as the namesake. The wooden altar from 1682 shows the coat of arms of the client. A note on the back names Michael Luter for a new version in 1820. The central altarpiece is a glorification of Mary that hovers over the representatives of the ecclesiastical (pope, abbots, religious, priests) and secular (emperors, kings, bishops). Above her the Holy Trinity with Father, Son and Holy Spirit can be seen, next to her death with the hourglass and angels with banners with praise and quotations from Psalms. A cartouche above the central altar shows Saint Anthony with the child . At the top of the altar stands St. Peter with a key and book in the open gable. Originally, sculptures of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Roch, St. Sebastian, St. Bishop Nicholas and another statue of St. Peter were part of the chapel's furnishings. The dog of St. Roch was also shown as a half-relief in the center of the ceiling with a loaf of bread in its mouth. The furnishings of the chapel also included a wooden candelabra that had meanwhile been stolen. H. a sconce in the form of an arm covered with a short sleeve.

Sehler Cathedral of St. Antonius Abbas

Sehler Cathedral "St. Antonius Abbas "

In 1493 the parish of Cochem received permission to build a new chapel on the banks of the Moselle in Sehl. There was already a chapel in Sehl before that, but its location is not known. The financing of the new chapel, which is popularly known as "Sehler Cathedral", was provided by Pope Alexander VI's indulgence privileges . and the Archbishop of Trier Johann II of Baden (1456–1503) made possible.

From this chapel there is still the Gothic choir with a three-eighth end, net vault and outer buttresses . In the light it is 4.50 m wide and 7.85 m long including the choir bay. The three two-part windows with fish bubble tracery over three passes were renewed according to the old model. The two-axis nave with flat arched windows dates from the 18th century. In the light it is 6.46 m wide and 8.65 m long. A gallery is built into the west wall. The west portal was created in connection with a renovation in 1915. The originally octagonal roof turret was replaced by a hexagonal one with a remarkably wide roof overhang.

The chapel was dedicated to the glory of God to the holy hermit Antonius , the holy bishop Wolfgang (they are depicted as keystones together with the coat of arms of the archbishop Johann II), the mother of God, the holy bishop Ruprecht and the holy virgin Cunen. Every Tuesday and Thursday the pastor of Cochem was supposed to read a mass in the chapel, for which he was to receive 6 guilders and 24 white pfennigs of Cochem currency annually. For this purpose, the hay was pledged on the Sehler pastures that bordered the chapel.

The Sehler were half-citizens of Cochem without their own municipal rights, and so the Cochem city council initially objected to the installation of a bell on the Sehler Cathedral. A bell that had been cast in 1441 was later hung. It bears the inscription "AVE MARIA GRACIA PLENA DOMINUS TECUM MCCCCXXXXI".

In the 1960s, consideration was given to demolishing the chapel in order to create a new street layout.

Chapel to the three crosses

Chapel "To the Three Crosses"

Located in an exposed location between Cochem and Sehl in the Flur Im Haag on a rocky place, the chapel at the three crosses offers an impressive view of the Moselle valley. The construction of the first chapel at this point, like the crucifixion group in front of it today, is based on a foundation from 1652 at the time of the Trier Elector Karl Casper von der Leyen. This is indicated by the year on the central basalt cross with a figure of Christ made of soft sandstone. Two St. Antonius crosses, today without the portraits of the thieves that used to belong to them, flank the middle cross. On the left you can find the master letters PA. In the middle of the 19th century the first chapel had become so dilapidated that the then master builder Joseph Dalmar sen. consulted. However, the condition no longer allowed renovation. Dalmar therefore provided a plan and a cost estimate for a new building. It was financed by donations from the population of Cochem. In addition to many small donations, there was also a large donation of ten thalers. A raffle was held to raise additional funds to finance the new building. A pair of slippers was offered as a prize, which was won by Captain Sabel. This raffle brought in another ten thalers and so the new building was completed in 1850. Dalmar planned this three meters further back into the slope. The Bauer family donated the necessary land. There were also other donations in kind, e.g. B. from roof boards and Leyen (slate panels). The mercy seat from the 16th century originally set up here is now in the old choir in St. Martin.

Catholic Church of St. Remaclus

St. Remaclus from the west
St. Remaclus interior view

St. Remaclus in the Cond district occupies a special position among the new church buildings in the post-war period. With its massive, but at the same time simple and clear shape, built from typical slate rubble, it should be perceived as a bridgehead and counterpoint to the castle on the other bank according to the concept of the church builder Emil Steffann (1899–1968).

The simple and high-quality design continues inside. St. Remaclus stands for a concept that is exemplary in modern church construction. Above all, it embodies openness: for the liturgical performances according to the Second Vatican Council, for the assembly of the community around the altar. The cross-shaped space is encompassed by white brickwork, broken up by large round windows. Mighty round arches open each of the three cross arms with the rows of pews to the central room with the altar island in front of the deep apse. A large chandelier surrounds the community and the altar with its light. The furnishings are reduced to a few, very valuable restored altarpieces and figures (18th or 19th century) from the demolished old parish church and cautiously designed modern works of art by contemporary artists:

  • Jochem Pechau : Foundation stone in the church interior and keystones in the cross vault of the crypt
  • Klaus Balke: Tabernacle in the crypt
  • Paul Nagel : Forged bars around the tabernacle
  • Jakob Schwarzkopf : leaded glass window in the apse
  • Christoph Anders: Ambo, Eternal Light and Altar Candlesticks.

The crypt is reached via a stair tower and serves the community as a baptistery and weekday church. It also houses the tabernacle. The church is open during service times.


  • 1950: The old nave in Zehnthausstrasse from 1701 is dilapidated and has become too small for the growing community.
  • 1955: Auxiliary Bishop Bernhard Stein commissions Pastor Adalbert Heil with the search for a new location for the church . This in turn commissioned the church builder Emil Steffann from Bonn - Mehlem with a first draft .
  • 1964: Acquisition of the building site and start of construction planning by architect Heinz Bienefeld . Start of construction under architect Carl Müller from Offenbach on November 17th.
  • 1968: The church is consecrated by Bishop Bernhard Stein on May 12th, the anniversary of the death of Jakob Anton Ziegler . In the same year the construction of the new rectory begins.
  • 2001: A comprehensive interior renovation is carried out under Pastor Werner Müller, the reopening took place on June 2nd.

Town hall on the old market square and Martinsbrunnen

Town hall portal from 1739

The town hall is a former electoral office that was destroyed by fire at the end of the 17th century and rebuilt and expanded at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1739 it received the portal and probably also the mansard roof. It is a plastered two-storey quarry stone building in the Baroque style with a rectangular floor plan, measured on the outside 17.50 meters wide and 12.40 meters deep. The walls are 0.90 meters to 1.30 meters thick. The portal, which is 2 meters wide in the light, is carved from basalt. The skylight in the arch above the door contains a color treated ironwork. In the gable above, the year is written to the left and right of a scrollwork cartouche . In the originally empty oval of the coat of arms, the city coat of arms painted on sheet metal is attached. A stone balcony rests on five consoles above the portal.

In front of the town hall on the market square is the market fountain, first mentioned in 1459, which probably already carried a statue of St. Martin back then. Today's Martinsbrunnen was built in all parts after 1900. The figure of the saint instead of the original stone sculpture is made of bronze, created in 1935 by the Trier sculptor Anton Nagel.

Natural monuments

Cochemer staples
Lescherlinde natural monument

The Cochemer Krampen ends in Cochem , a winding section of the Moselle that begins about 24 kilometers upstream in Bremm and looks like a Krampen ( bracket ) on the map .

Above the Reichsburg stands the Lescherlinde, which, due to its age of over 550 years and its character that has shaped the townscape - it can still be clearly recognized from the Cochem train station on the mountain - has the status of a natural monument .

Above the Cond district lies the Brauselay nature reserve with Mediterranean vegetation. Not far from Cochem, down the Moselle near the village of Klotten, there is the Dortebachtal nature reserve, which is also particularly worth seeing for hikers.

Regular events

  • Easter market, Saturdays and Sundays (mostly before Easter)
  • Knipp Monday, Monday after White Sunday
  • Flower festival of the red Moselle vineyard peach, mostly in April
  • Arts and crafts market
  • Moselle Wine Week, starting Wednesday evening before Corpus Christi
  • Moselle wine festival in the Cond vineyard, mostly at the end of June
  • Castle festival, annual medieval market on the first weekend in August
  • Local and wine festival, last weekend in August
  • Sehler Quetschefest, two weeks after the homeland and wine festival
  • Days of the Red Moselle Vineyard Peach, mostly in September
  • Federweißfest , the first two weekends in November
  • Advent magic and Christmas market
  • Castle Christmas, around the 3rd Advent
  • "Gasterey in the style of the old knights" at the Cochemer Reichsburg, weekly gastronomic event of a commercial nature

Pictures of the city

Economy and Infrastructure


Postage stamp 1970 from the
Tourism series

The city of Cochem is characterized by tourism. The focus is on the Reichsburg Cochem , the Cochem leisure center in the Cond district, the nearby Klotten wildlife and leisure park and the Ediger-Eller holiday and golf resort on the Eifelhöhe.

The importance of viticulture has declined sharply in recent decades. While the number of full-time wineries used to be in the three-digit range, it has now dropped to less than ten. The majority of the population has long worked in other economic sectors.

The steep slopes are particularly affected by the negative development in viticulture, which has changed the landscape considerably. While many of the slopes in the urban area were still planted with vines until the 1970s and 1980s, most of the former vineyards have now been reclaimed by nature.

Former tobacco factories

Former tobacco factory in Barz

Since the beginning of the 19th century there were several tobacco factories in Cochem. From 1822 to 1848 Josef Clemens ran a tobacco factory in Oberbachstrasse. 281 (now 11) which Joseph Bodenbach sen. was taken over and by his son Joseph jun. was continued from 1875 to 1915. The tobacco factory Gebrüder Barz at Endertstrasse 555 and 556 (today 7 and 9) existed from 1861 to 1926. Smoking, snuff and chewing tobacco were manufactured there. A sales point was in Herrengasse. Another factory was owned by J. Kemps in Unterbachstrasse from 1880 to around 1930. Between 1900 and 1930, J. Järgen ran a manufacture with an attached trading shop on the corner of Oberbachstrasse and Schlaufstrasse. There was a tobacco mill in the Endert Valley. In the factories, which today we would rather call manufactories, there were usually between 5 and 30 workers employed, and much of the work was done at home. The tobacco came mainly from the Wittlich valley and the Palatinate.


The Cochem train station is significant in terms of architecture and history

The city lies on the Moselle route . Regional trains and the Regional Express stop at the station . In December 2014, the DB canceled the last two remaining pairs of intercity trains on line 35. Since December 2017, CFL has been offering a daily pair of trains on intercity line 37 between Düsseldorf main station and Luxembourg. The local transport tariff applies on the Moselle route.

The railway line runs between Cochem and Ediger-Eller through the Kaiser Wilhelm Tunnel . From its completion in 1877 to 1985, it was the longest tunnel in Germany with a length of 4.2 km. There are also some regional bus routes . The city belongs to the Rhein-Mosel transport association.

line designation Train run Clock frequency
IC 37 Düsseldorf - Cologne - Bonn - Koblenz - Treis-Karden - Cochem - Bullay (DB) - Wittlich - Trier - Wasserbillig - Luxembourg a pair of trains daily
RE 1 Southwest Express Koblenz - Treis-Karden - Cochem - Bullay (DB) - Wittlich - Trier - Saarbrücken - Homburg - Kaiserslautern - Ludwigshafen Mitte - Mannheim 60 min (Koblenz - Kaiserslautern)

120 min (Kaiserslautern - Mannheim)

RE 11 DeLux-Express Koblenz - Treis-Karden - Cochem - Bullay (DB) - Wittlich - Trier - Wasserbillig - Munsbach - Wecker - Sandweiler-Contern - Luxembourg 60 min
RB 81 Moselle Valley Railway Koblenz - Treis-Karden - Cochem - Bullay (DB) - Wittlich - Trier 60 min

Repeater trains between Koblenz and Cochem in the peak hours

Public facilities

The city is the Bundeswehr base (TUK Cochem-Brauheck) and an administrative and school center. Cochem is the administrative seat of the Verbandsgemeinde Cochem and the district administration Cochem-Zell. There is a district court in Cochem . There is also the employment agency / ARGE, a branch of the Water and Shipping Office Koblenz-Mosel, a health office, a district waterworks, a police inspection and the water protection police inspection, a hospital, two old people's residences, a home for the mentally and physically handicapped ( Ebernach monastery ), one Rescue station of the DRK as well as a DRK local association with the communities readiness, which also provides a mountain rescue group, and water watch. There is also a well-equipped base for the volunteer fire brigade .


Cochemer Platt
  • Cochem primary school
  • Realschule plus Cochem
  • Martin-von-Cochem -Gymnasium (inauguration on July 23, 1963)
  • Cochem-Zell vocational school
    • Vocational preparation year commercial-technical as well as domestic economics
    • Vocational school (30 subjects)
    • Vocational School I (BF I) (7 subjects)
    • Vocational School II (BF II)
    • Two-year higher vocational school
    • Vocational School I (BOS I)
    • Dual Vocational School (DBOS)
    • Vocational School II (BOS II)
    • Technical school (geriatric care, tourism)
  • District Adult Education Center (KVHS) Cochem / Zell

Education in the past

  • Beginning of the Latin school of the Capuchins from 1627/28
  • Closure of the Latin school in 1802 (beginning of secularization )
  • Foundation of the "Higher Citizens School " ( second class educational institution ) on March 7, 1818
  • Dissolution of the first high school in Cochem on October 6, 1836
  • Opening of a private school from 1830 under Caspar Schmitz
  • Opening of a private Jewish school in 1852 under Johann Lindner and Leopold Dahl (officially licensed)
  • Opening of a private Protestant school in 1852 under parish vicar Küthze (officially licensed)
  • Conclusion of contract on May 24, 1861 with Jakob Malmedé from Meschede ( Sauerland ) to open a higher private school
  • Establishment of a higher private city school for boys under the rector Vincenz Krahé in 1876
  • Construction of a school for the Jewish community in Cochem in 1897 next to the Jewish synagogue in Oberbachstrasse
  • Government approval for the opening of a planned city school on August 13, 1898
  • On May 6, 1899, Rector Tombach presented curricula and timetables for the Higher City School (1899–1928) in Cochem
  • Opening of a secondary school for girls in 1911 (until 1936) with Miss Theodore Bross as its first director
  • On March 14, 1928, the Minister for Public Education recognized the previous higher city school as a municipal Realprogymnasium (1928–1962)


Johann Hubert Lützenkirchen

Honorary citizen

  • Joseph Burkard (* around 1805 in Cochem; July 18, 1894 in Maastricht), retired royal Dutch medical officer D. in Maastricht, Cochem was granted honorary citizenship on September 2, 1886
  • Johann Hubert Lützenkirchen (1855–1929), Mayor of Cochem from 1897 to 1919
  • Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené (1823-1879), was from 1868 to 1877, the Cochem Castle rebuild
  • Theo Maringer (1907–2001), made an honorary citizen of Cochem in 2000 for his services as city archivist

Born in Cochem

Associated with Cochem

The close ancestors of the mother (the dancer and choreographer Joy Vogelsang ) of the well-known US actor Nicolas Cage come from the Cochem area.


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  • Walter Rummel: Social dynamics and manorial problems of the Kurtrierischen witch hunts. The example of the city of Cochem (1593–1595). In: History and Society. Volume 16, 1990, pp. 26-55.
  • Heribert Appelhans: Cochem is so beautiful in the wine and holiday region of the Moselle. Country between the Hunsrück and the Eifel. Geiger Verlag, Horb am Neckar 1994, ISBN 3-89264-982-0 .
  • Heribert Appelhans: Cochem-Land Pictures of bygone days. Contemporary historical image documents from the area of ​​the Verbandsgemeinde. Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar 1996, ISBN 3-89570-222-6 .
  • Heribert Appelhans: Zeitgeschichtliche Bilddokumente Cochem Volume I - 1989. Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar 1989, ISBN 3-89264-362-8 .
  • Heribert Appelhans: Zeitgeschichtliche Bilddokumente Cochem Volume II - 1990. Geigerdruck GmbH, Horb am Neckar 1990, ISBN 3-89264-427-6 .
  • Heribert Appelhans: Zeitgeschichtliche Bilddokumente Cochem Volume III - 1992. Geigerdruck GmbH, Horb am Neckar 1992, ISBN 3-89264-703-8 .
  • Peter Scherl: Cochem in old views. Home book with stories from the city of Cochem. European Library, Zalbomel / Netherlands 1982, ISBN 90-288-2244-5 .
  • Manfred Bukschat: Cochem, yesterday this morning. History, stories and poems of a Moselle town. Self-published, Cochem 1994.
  • Angelika Schleindl: Traces of the Past. Jewish life in the district of Cochem Zell. Rhein-Mosel-Verlag, Briedel 1996, ISBN 3-929745-35-6 .
  • Support group of the Martin-von-Cochem-Gymnasium: 175 years of higher schools in Cochem. Contributions to the past and present of the higher education system in Cochem. - A documentation - Möhnen-Druck, 1993 Cochem, pp. 20, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30.
  • Amely Schwebke: The St. Joseph girls' higher school in Cochem. In: Yearbook 1996 Kreis-Cochem Zell.
  • Dorfgemeinschaft Pumpenfest e. V. (Ed.): Life on the river - Cond on the Moselle in the past and present . M. Heinz Bremm, Cochem-Cond 2010, ISBN 978-3-927839-38-0 .
  • Hans Joachim Bodenbach: (two essays on tobacco processing in Cochem) In: Heimatjahrbuch Cochem-Zell 2001 and 2003. pp. 131–135 and 143–145.
  • Josef Schmelzer and Paul Schreiber: Cochem pieces . Ed .: Traffic Office of the City of Cochem.
  • Elke Lutterbach: Knight castles, Reichsburg Cochem . JP Bachem, 2013, ISBN 978-3-7616-2672-6 .
  • Family book Cochem based on the church registers of the parish of St. Martin with the branches Sehl, Faid and Dohr from 1691 to 1889, volumes I, II and III, published by the city archives
  • Alfons Friderichs: Knights, noble families and noble families in the Cochem-Zell district, Weißenthurm 2015, ISBN 978-3-86424-272-4 - CHR-00167
  • Alfons Friderichs: Sagas, legends and stories in the Cochem-Zell district, Weißenthurm 2017, ISBN 978-3-86424-363-9 - DIV-00029

Misc and Stories

See also

Web links

Commons : Cochem  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Cochem  - travel guide
Commons : Kulturdenkmäler in Cochem  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 21 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  4. David Ditzer: The bomb did not explode ... In: Rheinische Post. January 31, 2011, accessed October 25, 2015 .
  5. ↑ Book of arms of the Cochem-Zell district (by A. Friderichs), Darmstadt 2001, p. 26/7.
  6. State law on the voluntary amalgamation of the non-association city of Cochem and the Cochem-Land association of February 18, 2009
  7. Cochem: Bundesbank bunker is now a memorial
  8. Catholic Chapel of St. Antonius Abt . In: The art monuments of the district of Cochem . Edited by Ernst Wackenroder. Deutscher Kunstverlag Munich, reprint 1984, ISBN 3-422-00561-7 , p. 231 u. 232.
  9. Bulletin of the parish community of Cochem . Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  10. City Hall . In: The art monuments of the district of Cochem . Edited by Ernst Wackenroder. Deutscher Kunstverlag Munich, reprint 1984, ISBN 3-422-00561-7 , pp. 188–190.
  11. Marketplace . In: The art monuments of the district of Cochem . Edited by Ernst Wackenroder. Deutscher Kunstverlag Munich, reprint 1984, ISBN 3-422-00561-7 , p. 198.
  12. European Library . Accessed May 1, 2019.
  13. Dr. Hans Joachim Bodenbach (author): Again: Tobacco factories in Cochem on the Mosel , In: Heimatjahrbuch des Kreis Cochem-Zell 2003, pp. 143–144.
  14. Gymnasium is now "Europaschule", Wochenspiegel March 1, 2017
  15. ^ Joseph Burkard in the Netherlands, death index, 1795–1969, Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (RHCL); The Hague, Nederland; Burgerlijke stand (overlijdensakten), In:
  16. The City Archives Cochem, Theo Maringer was awarded the coat of arms plate of the city of Cochem for his services to the city archives and was later made an honorary citizen. In: Retrieved April 12, 2019 .