Mercure Hotel Koeln West
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We had another early start for our train, which left Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 8:50am. We got some Starbucks coffees, a pastry and some weird yogurt and fruit cups which had things like starfruit, pineapple and melon in them. Lisa had waited with our bags at the end of the platform that was supposed to be for first class, but just as I was heading up with our food the train was approaching and they made an announcement that the first class cars were on the other end ...
... the Rudolfplatz xmas markets.. every xmas market has it's own theme, in it's decor, foods etc.. all distinctively different so one never tires looking at more & more xmas , foods, sights etc.
Being "zero"!! degrees at 12 noon, and a light snow falling !!.. a visit into some of the surrounding department stores to warm up and thaw out is required. Good old Starbucks saves the day many times.. Brisk walking is the ...
One of the reasons for returning to Düsseldorf for the first time in seven years is because Fortuna Düsseldorf were promoted back into Bundesliga 1 and it just so happens they were playing Eintracht Frankfurt, my favourite German team, on Friday night. I purchased a ticket online and collected it at the tourist information office opposite the Hauptbahnhof (which took nearly two hours because of the queue and they required my passport ...
... of information. One of the best things we have come across are some 'restaurant cards' which can be printed in lots of languages and given to waiters etc when dining out. We have these printed in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Maltese. So far, in Germany these are working for us - we have stayed at Holiday Inns and , when presented at breakfast they have gone out of their way to get gluton ...
... of up to 30 minutes...that we are aware of.. special tourism maps and mini trains to make sure nothing is missed.
The sights are nothing short of spectacular.. night fall increases the magic of it all
With satisfied tummies after all the tastings offered.. enough oohs and ah's for the day...and a mulled wine with souvenir mug to keep. it is time to re- charge for the next day of Cologne's Christmas ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking