City trips

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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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2 days: Freiburg Gourmet Package - from € 200
Freiburg´s culinary delights
Freiburg was founded by the Dukes of Zähringen in 1120, and the layout of streets and squares of the rapidly prospering metropolis is still impressively reflected in today’s cityscape. In 1368 Freiburg came under the Habsburgs – remaining, with but brief interruptions, the capital of Austria’s Vorderösterreich until the beginning of the 19th century.
The medieval Old Quarter with its architectural treasures, colorful marketplace, twisting narrow lanes and little “waterways” running through the streets picturesquely circles the magnificent Gothic Cathedral. Its unique 381-foot-high tower ranks among the masterworks of Gothic architecture, enhancing Freiburg’s incomparable silhouette. It took over 300 years to build this Gothic masterpiece, which was completed in 1513, which takes pride of place as Freiburg's main landmark.
Includes:
  • 2 nights in a 4**** hotel with breakfast (full breakfast buffet with organic products)
  • Welcoming drink
  • 4 course gourmet menu
  • Guided city tour
  • free parking space
Reduction for children:
children up to 12 years of age stay for free, excluding menu, in parents' bedroom.
Bookable all year round.
EUR 200.00

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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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    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

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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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    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.