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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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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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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Cologne à la carte - Maritim Hotel Cologne
Cologne à la carte from 208 € per person in a double room
Bookable all year, with the exception of trade-fair and congress periods
Cologne is one of the major German centres of art and culture. You will have the opportunity to visit more than 300 churches, museums of all kinds and about 100 galleries. This city on the Rhine offers the right atmosphere for every season and always has something new to offer.

Included
  • 2 nights accommodation, including a varied breakfast buffet
  • 1 x three-course menu
  • One cocktail voucher
  • 24-hour WelcomeCard for (free travel by bus and rail across the entire Rhine/Sieg public transport system, as well as a number of concessions for museums, galleries, leisure activities and restaurants).
  • Cultural sponsorship levy
  • Complimentary use of swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and gym
    Price per person Double room: 208 € / Single room: 228€
    Surcharge per room Comfort category: 30 €
    Superior category: 70 €

    Maritim Hotel Köln
    Phone:
    +49 (0) 221 2027-0
    Fax:
    +49 (0) 221 2027-826
    Reservation phone:
    +49 (0) 221 2027-849
    E-Mail:
    info.kol@maritim.de
    A business establishment of Maritim Hotelgesellschaft mbH, Herforder Strasse 2, 32105 Bad Salzuflen



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    3 Days: Koblenz - Romantic Middle Rhine trip - from € 158
    Pur Rhine romance... The English Queen Victoria visited the romantic Rhine and just like kings who "lowered in blessedness" (Friedrich Wilhelm IV - erector of the Stolzenfels Castle) you will also find out "why the Rhine is so beautiful". You will find cahrming towns, fortified mansions and magnificent castles. Go on a journey back in time to a world with noble people  and barons, farmers, craftmen and traders. Let yourself be captured by the magic of the central Rhine with its sagas and legends.

    Includes:
    • 2 overnight stays including bed & breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Koblenz
    • Local dinner in a selected restaurant in Koblenz
    • Romantic 2-hour castle tour by boat on the Rhine
    • Participation in an exciting guided walking tour through the Old-Town
    • Visit of Stolzenfels castle (incl. entrance fee)
    Bookable:
    April to October upon request


    EUR 158.00

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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 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,-