Koblenz (from Latin Confluentes, "merging (rivers)") is after Mainz and Ludwigshafen am Rhein the third largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate (German Rheinland-Pfalz).
Koblenz lies in the Rhineland, 92 kilometres (57 miles) southeast of Cologne by rail, pleasantly situated on the left bank of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle.
Population: (1885) 31,669; (1905) 53,902; (2005) 107.064. Its defensive works are extensive, and consist of strong forts crowning the hills encircling the town on the west, and of the citadel of Ehrenbreitstein on the opposite bank of the Rhine.
The old city was triangular in shape, two sides being bounded by the Rhine and Mosel and the third by a line of fortifications.
The last were razed in 1890, and the town was permitted to expand in this direction.
Immediately outside the former walls lies the new central railway station and junction of the Cologne-Mainz railway with the strategic Metz-Berlin line.
The Rhine is crossed by a road bridge and, a mile above the town, by a beautiful bridge of two wide and lofty spans carrying the Berlin railway referred to above.
The Moselle is spanned by a Gothic freestone bridge of 14 arches, erected in 1344, and also by a railway bridge.
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