City trips

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Cult(o)ure throughout the Region“ – On the trail of Julius Caesar, Clemens August and Max Ernst
Enjoy a trip to the cultural highlights of our region and experience the thrill of periods long gone. Find out during our two-day trip how the Romans, the Electors of Cologne and the surrealistic art scene have shaped this region.

Day 1:

You start out your trip in Brühl which boasts several “celebrities” at once. Two of Germany’s most beautiful and prominent rococo castles, Augustusburg and Falkenlust, plus the palace gardens, have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Visit Augustusburg Castle, the favourite summer residence of the Elector and Archbishop of Cologne, Clemens August von Bayern (1700-1761). Then take a romantic, 2.5 km long walk through the French gardens and the adjacent country park to Falkenlust, an enchanting hunting caste. In the afternoon you may encounter another celebrity in Brühl: Max Ernst, world-renowned dadaist and surrealist, was born in this town where the painter and sculptor has his very own museum. Undoubtedly, the focal point of this museum is the unique collection of 60 sculptures from the private collection of Max Ernst and his wife Dorothea Tanning. You may conclude the evening in one of the numerous restaurants in the attractive town centre of Brühl, for example the Balthasar Neumann Eatery. Or, during the months of May to September, visit a concert of the Brühl Castle Concert series. The castles in and around Brühl attract not only friends and fans of history and architecture but also lots of music aficionados: Each year, many people come to listen to and enjoy the Brühl Castle Concerts. You will spend the night at the Balthasar Neumann Guesthouse in Brühl, within easy walking distance. The guesthouse is named after the baroque builder and architect Balthasar Neumann who also designed the world-famous staircase inside Augustusburg Castle.

Day 2:

Following a rich and sumptuous breakfast at the Balthasar Neumann Eatery, you’ll proceed to the Roman town of Zülpich which hosts the State Garden Show. Be amazed by the colourful show gardens, stroll along the promenade at the lakeside park, and enjoy the view from the Roman bastion across the unique park landscape. Then you go on to the historic town of Zülpich which holds many artefacts from the period when the Romans conquered the region under the command of Gaius Julius Caesar. Worthy of your time and visit are the Roman thermal baths and the adjacent Museum of Bathing Culture. These Roman springs are counted among the best preserved facilities of their kind north of the Alps. In the historic centre of Zülpich, numerous restaurants and cafes offer time and space for leisurely relaxation, allowing you to conclude your tour in a well-fortified and refreshed manner.

services:

Admission and guided tour of Augustusburg Castle
Admission to Falkenlust Castle
Admission to Max Ernst Museum
Admission to State Garden Show
Overnight stay and breakfast, double room

not included:

Transfers
2-course menu at Balthasar Neumann Eatery
Tickets to Brühl Castle Concerts
Admission to Roman baths

Additional services for groups:

Guided tour of Falkenlust Castle
Max Ernst Museum
State Garden Show
prices:

per person, double occupancy: Euro 79

Groups: starting at Euro 65 per person for groups of 50 or more using their own bus transportation

Tuesdays - Sundays

journey time:

from 16.04.2014 to 12.10.2014

contact:

Rhein-Erft Tourismus e.V.
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
50126 Bergheim
Tel.: +49 (0) 2271/99499-40

Phot: Augustusburg Castle; Copyright: Horst Gummersbach

from 79 Euro

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Cologne WelcomeCard
The Köln WelcomeCard provides more than 90 offers now. First of all free travel by bus or rail throughout the entire region of the Rhine-Sieg transport network (VRS). But there is more - you will be granted reduced admission fees to Cologne museums as well as to many other attractions in Cologne and beyond. Experience the Cologne theatre and music scene at considerably reduced admission fees or explore Cologne and the region by ship. Or enjoy traditional dishes served in Cologne restaurants or exceptional drinks and exquisite menus in Cologne hotel bars and restaurants. Further attractive partners of the Cologne environs such as the Kerpen kart track, the Königswinter SEA LIFE centre, the Frechen Keramion museum and many more partners in the Bonn region round up the large scale of interesting features. All partners are located in the VRS public transport service area. For the first time, a new offer focuses on beauty and spa.

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3 days: Discover Augsburg - from EUR 107.00
Augsburg especially comfortable
Experience the great past of the city that was aworld power in the early modern period due to its merchants and bankers. Most notably Jakob Fugger the rich. Visit the Fuggerei, the oldest social settlement in the world and the Maximilian Strasse with the Fugger Houses where emperors, kings, electors, cardinals, artists and hereticts met. Also the picturesque Old town, the "Old Silver Smithy" and the Fugger chapel in the Anna church.
Includes:
  • 2 Nights including Breakfast in a 3 – Star Hotel in the City Centre 
  • Augsburg-Information Package
  • Guided City Tour
Bookable:
throughout the year
EUR 107.00

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3 days: Romantic Heidelberg - from EUR 145.00
Romantic Heidelberg
You may lose your heart in Heidelberg on this special stay. Enjoy the youthful flair of this romantic city and do it properly. Experience the magical atmosphere of the picturesque Old Town on a guided walking tour or enjoy a river excursion on the solar-powered ship, taking in the threefold beauty of the Neckar, the countryside, and Heidelberg’s unique cityscape.Included in the package:
Includes:
  • 2 nights in a single or double room with breakfast at a comfort hotel
  • HeidelbergCARD
  • Participation in the Walking tour of the Old Town (Thursday to Saturday 10:30 AM)
  • Trip on the “Neckarsonne” solarpowered ship
Bookable: from April through October
EUR 145.00

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2 days: Osnabrück for the first time - from 79.00 EUR
A weekend in the City of Peace
The city of peace, Osnabrück, is the third largest city in Lower Saxony with 164,000 inhabitants. It is the only German city which is situated in a national park –the ‘UNESCO Geo park TERRA.vita’, which includes the Teutoburg Forest and the ‘Wiehengebirge’.
Osnabrück is a university and diocesan town and the German Foundation for the Environment and the German Foundation for Peace Research are based here. Because Osnabrück is the city of the Peace of Westphalia and the home town to painter Felix Nussbaum and writer Erich Maria Remarque, it has committed itself to the idea of peace.

Includes:
  • 1 overnight staywith breakfast in a city hotel of your choice
  • 1 cappucino in a café in the Heger Tor quarter 
  • Culture Card for one days: free ride on all public bus lines, museums includes, additional price savings
EUR 79.00

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Claudius Therme
Located in Cologne's Rheinpark, the Claudius Therme is one of Europe's most beautiful thermal spas. With its appealing architecture, which is based on Roman spa culture, the thermal baths slot harmoniously into the charming park landscape. Here, switching off and doing something for one's health. A natural, thermal mineral spring supplies the various spa facilities within the Claudius Therme with state-accredited therapeutic water. The beneficial heat and the mineral composition of the therapeutic water have a positive effect on the whole body. This increases your general feeling of well-being. The Claudius Therme is a true refuge for the health-conscious: Ideal for escaping from the hectic pace of everyday life now and again, for relaxing in complete tranquillity, for gathering new strength or for making use of medicinal spas for health cures and therapeutic purposes.
from 14,-

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VIP Shopping CentrO with limousine transfer
VIP Shopping with with american stretch limousine transfer in Centro Oberhausen You can stroll and shop in many cities, but shopping at Europe's unique shopping and amusement paradise, CentrO – you can only do this in Oberhausen. You can enjoy a variety of attractive shopping, gourmet, and amusement possibilities year-round. Over 200 shops await you at CentrO in Oberhausen from Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm for an extensive shopping expedition. In the evening, the restaurant and promenade at CentrO invite you to an evening of bar hopping with 20 completely different gourmet offerings. Especially in the summer months when 4000 outside seats on the terrace invite you to linger, you can watch the lively crowds well into the night. Back at our Best Western Hotel Oberhausen, you can really relax with a professional massage or beauty treatment, and the exclusive in-house restaurant with exquisite dishes offers you a fitting conclusion to your eventful and successful day. We look forward to making your stay here as pleasant as possible! Welcome!

services:

1 night inclusiv breakfast Buffet
American stretch limousine transfer to Centro with announcement
1 day prior to arrival Prosecco and chips at room
NRW Welcome Box (only available in German)

prices:

€ 59 pro Person in doubleroom Standard
€ 69 pro Person in doubleroom Komfort
€ 79 pro Person in doubleroom Deluxe
€ 99 pro Person in a suite
€ 30 surcharge for a single room Standard and Komfort
€ 60 surcharge for a single room Deluxe and Suite
€ 29 3rd and 4thperson  

journey time:

until 31.12.2014

contact:

Best Western Park Hotel Oberhausen
Teutoburger Straße 156
46119 Oberhausen
Tel.: +49 (0) 208-690 -20
Fax: +49 (0) 208-690 -2158
http://www.parkhotel-oberhausen.de    

photo: Limousine vor Centro; Copyright: Best Western Parkhotel Oberhausen
from 59 Euro