This being the height of the 19th century romantic period, apparently Ravené set out to restore the castle and make a fairytale summer home for his family, including a wife who was 22 years younger than he was. The work was to be in the Gothic Revival style. Possibly he neglected his wife whilst supervising it, because before it was completed she left him for another man who was their house guest.
Like many towns along the Moselle, Cochem is well supplied with half-timbered buildings, despite suffering extensive war damage. Its main industries are wine and tourism. It must have fit schoolchildren since they have to climb a very steep path up from the town towards the school which is situated high on the castle hill.