A regal frog stands guard atop a mammoth bridge spanning the Rhine river at Cochem. Halfway from Trier down the river Moselle in some of Germany’s most picturesque wine valleys and countryside, Cochem sports a majestic hilltop castle and swaths of rolling vineyards leading down to half-timbered houses. Until the 20th century, two distinct towns were separated by the river. The bridge was built to lessen the divide and join the two communities into today’s Cochem just before World War II.
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