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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 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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    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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    Intensive German Courses 4 Weeks
    You'll learn in a group for approx. four weeks, either in morning or afternoon course. Our course locations are Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Göttingen, Hamburg, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Munich and Schwäbisch Hall. There are twelve possible starting dates per year.
    Included with course fee / Notes:
    • intensive language training from Monday to Friday
    • all levels
    • placement test before the beginning of the course
    • ongoing evaluation of progress and systematic advice on your individual learning path
    • participation certificate
    • opportunity to take an examination at the end of the course
    • all course materials
    • self-directed and supported learning in the media resource center
    • extensive cultural and leisure program
    1.045 €

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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