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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Dresden - A taste of Saxony at the Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Center Dresden
Dresden - A taste of Saxony  
Bookable through the whole year 2014
Put together your personal Dresden-experience. Many different points of interest and various events are waiting to be discovered e.g. the Frauenkirche, the Zwinger, the Semperoper and many more.

Included
  • 2 nights accommodation including Maritim's signature breakfast buffet
  • A welcome Cocktail
  • A ticket for the big sightseeing tour
  • 1 x dinner within half-board on the day of arrival
  • Free use of swimming pool and sauna
    Price per person Double room: 183 € / Single room: 263 €
    Surcharge per person Comfort category: 20 €
    Superior category: 40 €
    This package can be reserved upon request subject to availability.

    Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Center Dresden
    Ostra Ufer 2 / Devrientstr. 10 - 12
    01067 Dresden, Germany
    Phone: + 49 (0) 351 216-0
    Fax: + 49 (0) 351 216-1000
    Reservation phone: + 49 (0) 351 216-1018
    E-Mail: info.dre@maritim.de
    A business establishment of Maritim Hotelgesellschaft mbH, Herforder Strasse 2, 32105 Bad Salzuflen




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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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    2 days Rostock: Relaxed enjoyments - € 229
    A mediaeval city centre, a river wich is empty into the baltic Sea, a contemplative fishing village, four picturesque coastal resorts, several shipyards and harbours, one of the best sailing areas of the world, the oldest university of northern Europe and Germanys biggest city forest - that's Rostock.

    - 3 nights in the 5- star hotel Neptun
    - daily NEPTUN “healthy & varied” breakfast buffet
    - RostockCard24 with free guided city tour (Rostock or Warnemünde) and City Map 
    - 1 Segler or Honeyoil massage
    - 1 day ticket for ARKONA SPA in the hotel Neptun (Warnemünde)


    Bookable all year, please ask for availability



    EUR 229.00

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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

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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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    3 days: Salve Trier! - from 119 EUR
    Salve Trier!
    All roads lead to the “Second Rome”! Conquer Trier, Germany’s oldest city and former Roman imperial residence. The city inspires visitors not only as a “Center of Antiquity” but also through the unique atmosphere in the extensive pedestrian zone or on the romantic Moselle.
    You can get a first impression in a guided walking tour. The Trier Card will accompany you on your personal conquest tour, where you can get acquainted with the outstanding wines of the Moselle wine growing area.

    Includes:
    • 2 overnight stays with breakfast
    • 1 Trier Card
    • 1 city walking tour
    • 1 wine tasting in a winery
    • 1 color guidebook "Trier" 
    Bookable throughout the year
    EUR 119.00