National Garden Show 2011 Koblenz

Koblenz to benefit from 2011 national garden show

Koblenz, the 2000 year old town at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, is going to host the Bundesgartenschau (Germany's largest horticultural show) in 2011. Already world-famous as well for her rich historical heritage, as for the poet-sung beauty of the Rhine Valley, the town strives to become an even more attractive place to both visitors and citizens.

But what do they plan, after all? - Of course, the exhibition's core will be found in the extensive parks along the the two rivers' banks. The most important axis is represented by the ancient "Rheinanlagen" park, reaching from "Deutsches Eck", where the rivers Rhine and Moselle merge, to the peninsula "Oberwerth" some Kilometres upstream, giving sight at "Kurfürstliches Schloss" (the electoral palace), Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the collossal equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, just to mention a few highlights.

Besides adorning places already renowned for their touristical attractiveness, the garden exposition will as well improve riparian quarters Lützel and Neuendorf. "It's not everything about flowers." stated Chief Burgomaster Dr. Eberhard Schulte-Wissermann. The Bundesgartenschau means a great chance to Koblenz and the surrounding region. Projects discussed at length, e.g. the re-arrangement of the Zentralplatz or the electoral castle's forecourt, can be realised. After all, the State of Rheinland-Pfalz will waive its own 2011 Landesgartenschau, adding funds to Koblenz' budget, as promised by the state's prime minister Kurt Beck (Social Democratic Party, SPD).

Franz Josef Wüst
Franz-Josef Wüst, Kanal 10

"The acceptance is really a great success for Koblenz." said Franz Josef Wüst of local telestation Kanal 10, who was particularly impressed with the town council's concordant resolution. Kanal 10 will be reporting on the progress as well as on the economical impact of the Bundesgartenschau. Wüst stressed the importance of investing at a long-term sight. E.g. one proposed funicular to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress would be expected to gain visitor's attention for many more decades.

And the critics? - "I would not have imagined anyone opposing to the exhibition, and was quite astonished at the Bund der Steuerzahler's concern about initial costs possibly being too high. As a matter of fact, both the town and the region will profit from the Bundesgartenschau, as my personal view, e.g. on the BUGA 2001 in Potsdam, clearly shows." said Mr. Wüst.

In April 2011 Koblenz will be ready to welcome 3 million expected visitors. Bert Flöck, managing director of Koblenz-Touristik, seems optimistic. A dedicated enterprise named "Bundesgartenschau Koblenz GmbH" will be founded by the town of Koblenz and the Zentralverband Gartenbau (ZVG). Estimated costs amount to 25 million Euro on behalf of the town.

Koblenz and the adjoining townships do agree on expecting significantly more benefits than costs from the Bundesgartenschau. Günter Kern, mayor of the Loreley communities, calls the acceptance an important decision for the entire region. Member of the Landtag Roger Lewentz, secretary-general of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), would welcome a greater appreciation of the right bank of the Rhine from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress up to the legendary Loreley Rock.

The beauty of Koblenz (Coblenz, Coblence) and the entire Middle Rhine Valley, the hospitality of the inhabitants, as well as their excellent wines and local cuisine, have been highly appreciated already by Thomas Jefferson and Queen Victoria in their centuries.

Nowadays, romantic township Boppard's mayor Dr. Walter Bersch and his colleague, Hajo Stuhlträger, mayor of Bendorf (renowned for an medieval Abbey, the Sayn-Wittgenstein Castle and Butterfly Garden), agree that the Rhineland's rich cultural heritage and touristic tradition should be continued, thus providing utmost pleasure and recreation for the visitors of this remarkably beautiful region in the very heart of Europe.

Festung Ehrenbreitstein
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Stolzenfels Castle
Stolzenfels Castle

Deutsches Eck
Deutsches Eck - Confluence of Rhine and Moselle

Ralf Godde
Pictures courtesy of the painter, Mr. Ralf Godde, Koblenz.

BuGa 2011 - National Garden Show in Koblenz / Germany