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ROMANTIC RHINE ROAD
Düsseldorf - Cologne - Bonn - Mainz
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5 to 99
AR / EN / FR / IT / DE / ES / ZH / PT
The Rhine is one of Europe’s major rivers at 1,233 km long. Starting in Switzerland, the Rhine flows in a northerly direction through six countries -Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea at Rotterdam.
Two thousand years ago, the northern section of the river served as the outer boundary of the Roman Empire. It’s not the prettiest river in some parts, is supposedly heavily polluted (we wouldn’t swim in it) and is quite industrial, with big container ships trawling up and downstream creating huge wakes in their path. That’s because this almighty river is one of the most important arteries of industrial transport in the world.
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Day by day itinerary
In the area between Heinrich-Heine-Allee, Hofgarten, Rhine embankment promenade and Carlstadt, not only are there more than 260 possibilities to satisfy your hunger and thirst, in this historic city center your soul will also be nourished. The St. Lambertus Basilika, the Schlossturm (palace tower) on Burgplatz, the historic Rathaus (city hall) and the Jan-Wellem Reiterdenkmal (equestrian monument) are just a few highlights on the long list of attractions. Exhibitions with international aspirations attract those interested in art to the K20 and the Kunsthalle (Art gallery) at Grabbeplatz, your craving for shopping will be satisfied just a few steps further on the Flingerstrasse and the Mittelstrasse. Whether you want to conclude an eventful day here in one of the quaint breweries.
Here are some shopping outlets and outdoor activities to do: Königsallee, Altstadt,Ständehauspark, Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum, Spee’scher Graben, Rheinturm , Media Harbour.
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NEXT STOP ⇨ Cologne (50 KM – Approx 50 minutes)
Cologne’s Old Town has a distinctive historical charm. Visitors are drawn by its rustic narrow alleyways lined with traditional old houses. Innumerable breweries, pubs and restaurants invite passersby to linger. Here you can enjoy a draft Kölsch beer or try Cologne’s typical Halver Hahn sandwich.
Located directly along the Rhine, the Old Town, together with Cologne Cathedral, the Romanesque church Great St. Martin and the tower of the historic City Hall, makes up the world-famous Rhine panorama. As you stroll through the narrow alleys, you will come across many museums, such as the Romano-Germanic Museum, the Wallraf Richartz Museum, the Museum Ludwig and the Farina Fragrance Museum. You can also discover many monuments and fountains in Cologne’s Old Town, including the figures of Tünnes and Schäl and the Heinzelmännchen (Cologne elves) fountain. Historical remains, such as the Archeological Zone, the Old St. Alban Memorial, and the Stapelhaus invite you to go on an exciting journey of discovery into the city’s past. As the centre of Cologne’s old neighbourhood of handicrafts and trade, Alter Markt and Heumarkt are major attractions for Cologne residents and visitors. Surrounded by many small restaurants and cafés, this area is an inviting place in which to relax in the sun during every season of the year.
Here are some outdoor activities:Boat riding on the river Rhine, movie theater in Rheinauhafen, River views from Rheinpark, night-time views from Kennedy Embankment, Pedal boating in Volksgarten.& Exotic plants at Botanical Garden.
Overnight at Cologne ( 03, 04 or 05 star hotel accommodation according to client’s budget)
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NEXT STOP ⇨ Bonn (37 KM – Approx 36 minutes)
Anyone walking through the busy pedestrian zone at the heart of the inner city of Bonn will find themselves constantly amazed: impressive building monuments and landmarks such as the former main post office or the Sternentor gate decoratively sprinkle the squares between the banks of the river Rhine and the main train station. Passers-by will find small cafés and unique stores selling specialities from around the world in these alleys. Buskers are playing their instruments along the path, and artists are putting sights on canvas. A glance at the city map shows that three architectural masterpieces that have seen centuries pass in this metropolis can be found just a few metres apart from each other. Garden.
The Romanesque cathedral with its roughly 900-year old cloister, the rococo-style Old Town Hall, the Electoral Palace – now home to the University of Bonn – and the imposing Wilhelminian-style buildings together form a magnificent backdrop for your stroll through the town. The northern end of the historic city center merges into the Old Town. A bustling district with cobblestone streets where you will find small stores, nostalgic book shops, cozy cafés and charming taverns. In spring, Japan sends its greetings when the streets “Heerstrasse” and “Breite Strasse” become awash in a sea of pink cherry blossoms.
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NEXT STOP ⇨ Mainz (170 KM – Approx 01 hour 40 minutes)
The old centre of Mainz with its medieval cathedral, the Electoral Palace, patrician town houses, narrow lanes, cobblestone streets and beautiful squares reflects the fascinating history of the city. Modern landmark buildings are the City Hall, the “Am Brand” shopping centre, the Rheingoldhalle conference centre and Fort Malakoff.
Walking through Mainz means walking through 2000 years of history and cultural life, Golden Ages and times of upheaval and utter destruction. The city centre extending from Kaisertor in the north along Kaiserstrasse, and from the main railway station to the citadel in the south is the oldest part of the city.
For more than 1,000 years, the city’s skyline has been dominated by one building, Mainz Cathedral, one of the most important religious buildings in Germany. In its shadows lie the Medieval and early modern districts of Mainz. The hustle and bustle centres around the twisting, narrow alleyways and the small shops, boutiques and cafés surrounding the pretty Kirschgarten square with its timber-framed buildings and Marienbrunnen fountain. Rhine-Hesse is the country’s largest wine-growing region and the Weinmarkt is one of the city’s three biggest festivals alongside carnival and St. John’s Night, celebrated in remembrance of Johannes Gutenberg.
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