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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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Special offer EFT178: Erfurt - 1000 years of city history
Experience 1000 years of city history
Go on a treasure hunt in Erfurt and discover the riches from more than 1000 years of history. Your stay is accompanied by a short culinary journey with regional specialities in our rustic wine tavern with a beer garden and by modern interpretations of classic dishes in our restaurant.

Hotel Zumnorde Am Anger**** in Erfurt
3 nights incl. generous breakfast buffet
1 x regional dinner in our wine tavern including an aperitif at the bar or in the roof garden
1 x lunch-time snack with Thuringian fried sausages
1 x 3-course menu in the restaurant
1 x regional tapas menu in the wine tavern
1 x ErfurtCard
  (free/reduced admission to many cultural and fascinating attractions, such as
  - visit to the Old Synagogue with the Erfurt Silver Hoard and wedding ring
  - visit to the cathedral and Augustinian Monastery with Luther cell)
Space in underground garage
EUR 295.00 p.p. in a double room
EUR 385.00 p.p. in a single room
duration of stay 3 nights
valid from 1st January to 4 July 2013 & from 20th July to 28th November 2013


EUR 295.00 p.p. in a double room

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3 days: A weekend getaway in the Franconian Wine Country - from € 148
A weekend getaway in the Franconian Wine Country
Impressive encounters with a young old city - Würzburg offers lots of them. And spectacular ones at that. The Episcopal Residence built by Balthasar Neumann and featuring a ceiling fresco by the Venetian Tiepolo, the world's largest painting, can only be described in these terms. This clerical domicile from the 18th century has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1982.
The lively university city of Würzburg, gateway to the Romantic Road, is dominated by its most prominent landmark, the Fortress Marienberg. The origins of this fortress date back to around 1000 B.C., when a Celtic fortified refuge existed on this site. Since the foundation of the Würzburg bishopric in 742, Würzburg has been the religious center of the region.
Includes:
  • 2 nights with rich breakfast buffet
  • 1 franconian snack and a glass of wine
  • 1 franconian-style  three-course meal on the second night  
  • 1 guided tour through the old town of Würzburg (1,5 h)
  • 1 river cruise on the river Main
  •  Free use of swimming pool, finnish sauna, steam bath and fitness gym
Bookable from April to September 2014 on request and availability

EUR 148.00

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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
See Cologne's best attractions with a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city on the Rhine in a convertible bus - a pleasant open-top ride in good weather. Explore parts of the city you would probably never see on foot - in complete comfort. 13 stops offer you an opportunity to design your own individual journey of discovery in Cologne. Enjoy the whole tour or just hop on and off at any stop along the route and rejoin the tour on one of the next buses. Organize the day as you please and experience a fascinating mix of arts, culture and shopping.

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Münster for beginners
services:
3 days, Friday to Sunday. The package deal can also be booked for weekdays and public holidays on request; extensions possible.
• 2 nights B&B
• Bus ticket or bicycle for one day
• Participation in public guided tour of the historic Old Town
• Visit to the City Museum
• € 5 shopping voucher to be redeemd in the Münster Arkaden shopping mall (when you spend at least € 10)

Friday: Arrival

Saturday:
• Guided tour of the Old Town at 11 am (1st May – 31st Octo-ber, in English)
• Visit to the City Museum

Sunday: Free


Prices: Starting at € 79.50  per person in a double room.
Starting at € 99.00  in a single room.

Available dates: from 01.01.2014 to 31.12.2015


from 94,50 Euros

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Cologne Cathedral
The Cologne Cathedral
The Cologne cathedral is a cathedral of the superlative, a symbol and central attraction of the Rhine metropolis. Its size is emphasised by the gigantic pair of towers, which have dominated the panorama of the cathedral city since their completion in 1880. The catehdral is still today the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower. The area is no less impressive: The full length of the cathedral is 145 m., the cross nave is 86 m.wide. In comparison: a football pitch is "only" around 100 times 70 m. There is room for more than 20,000 people on the area of the cathedral, which encompasses almost 8,000 square metres.
                                                                                                                              Ascent of the Tower
Climb the south tower of the Cathedral to its 97 m high viewing platform and enjoy a magnificent view of the City.

Treasury
The treasures of Cologne Cathedral are displayed in the 13th century vaults - priceless reliquaries, liturgical objects and vestments, insignia of the archbishops and priests, medieval sculptures and Frankish grave finds.








from 2,50,-

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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.