The luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler selected the Irish town of Cobh as one of the most beautiful small towns in Europe in 2019. Not without good reason: The place is picturesquely located on an island at one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The appealing town center, the cathedral and the proximity to the city of Cork are the attributes of the city in the south of the Republic of Ireland.
Cobh Center - West Beach
Cobh - a typical Irish port town
Viewed from the ship, the town with its 13.000 inhabitants looks extremely picturesque. Small, candy-colored houses nestle against a slope. The St. Colman's Cathedral, built in the neo-Gothic style, towers above them. Further down, by the water, there are stately hotels, restaurants, pubs and small shops. Even resilient palm species survive in the temperate climate of the Gulf Stream. The city is of Victorian origin and has retained its original character.
Cobh - formerly a naval base and emigration port
From the end of the 18th century, the former village turned into a naval base as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. After the great Irish famine between 1845 and 1849, Cobh gained great importance as an emigration port. Within 100 years, two and a half of the more than six million Irish emigrants from the port of Cobh went on their journey to the "New World".
Cobh - in memory of Irish emigrants - the Annie Moore statue
Cobh - made famous by ship disasters
Two shipping disasters are associated with the name Cobh. Cobh was the last port the RMS Titanic called on its maiden voyage to New York in April 1912, before ramming an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank three days later. More than 1.500 people lost their lives in the shipwreck. - Three years later, on May 7, 1915, a German submarine torpedoed the RMS Lusitania near the city. The ship was en route from New York to Liverpool. A total of 1.198 people, including 124 Americans, lost their lives in the attack. The survivors of the RMS Lusitania were first brought to Cobh.
Cobh for cruise tourists
At the beginning of the 20th century, large passenger ships, including the Royal Mail Ships (RMS), were still at anchor in the natural harbor of Cork Harbor. The passengers and mail were tendered to and from the ships. The passengers of the big ships have it better these days. The cruise ships dock 200 meters from the city center. In 2019, 89 passenger ships paid a visit to the port. The wish is 100 ships and 200.000 passengers.
MS Astor at Cobh Pier
The place offers its visitors a variety of options. Various water sports, an animal park, the Titanic Trail and several golf courses keep boredom away. The regional Chamber of Commerce has come up with 101 reasons to visit the city. It doesn't take that many arguments. Under Discover Cobh on foot let's talk about our experiences. - And if that's not enough, you can take the train to the nearby county town of Cork. The city with a population of 126.000 is behind Dublin the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland. Cork is a cosmopolitan, attractive university city. Under By train to Cork we report on a flying visit to Cork.
Update July 2020