Cochem's outstanding landmark is its fairytale Reichsburg Castle, an ancient symbol of power and prestige. This came to a temporary end with gunpowder and the French, who pursued a scorched earth policy during the Nine Years' War of the Palatinate Succession.
Even today, there would only be a ruin had it not been for Berlin Councillor of Commerce Louis Ravené. As a businessman, he was involved in the construction of the militarily crucial Koblenz - Metz railway line and saw the Reichsburg Castle as his suitable domicile. Reconstruction was carried out by respected building consultants Hermann Ende and Julius Carl Raschdorff.