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Crazy Wolf VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

So, tomorrow I depart for Zurich, to enjoy ~two weeks of having no real responsibilities. I'll be in Cologne(sorry, Germans, this keyboard has no umlauts), Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, Munich, Zurich, and Salzburg. Who has an idea of interesting things to do there that might not be as well documented in the tourbooks? Herr Donutz has graciously given me some tips for things to check out in the area around Amsterdam, and I've spent some time in Frankfurt before, but most of this stuff is new ground for me.

So, you German-Dutch-French-Flemish-speaking folks, what's up in your area?




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#2 8 years ago

You will never make it back across the border. :evilgrin: Hope your stored my phonenumbers and I'll hear further details from you soon so we can arrange something. :)




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#3 8 years ago

[COLOR="Black"]I'm from Essen and currently live in Aachen, about one hour from Cologne. There are lots of things to see in this area, so maybe if you can tell me what you're interested in I can tell you more.

Here some general tips: Cologne has two nice areas, one is the area near the train station where you can find the cathedral, a musuem about Roman history/archeology and a bunch of nice restaurants near the Rhein. The second area is called "Altstadt" (old city) and features nice buildings and more restaurants and pubs.

Aachen, about one hour from Cologne, is a smaller town with a nice cathedral and a big technical university. There are lots of affordable restaurants for students here.

Düsseldorf, again about one hour from Cologne, also has a nice Altstadt (they often play Jazz there) and an expensive shopping street called the Kurfürstendamm not too far from the Altstadt.

The Ruhr valley area (Essen, Duisburg, Dortmund etc.) is currently the "world culture capital", so they have lots of events and exhibitions. Essen is mostly known for its "industry culture", that is everything connected to the former coal/steel industry of the area such as musuems, converted mines, the home of the Krupp family etc. and also has a nice shopping area in the center of the city.

If you like we can meet somewhere and I'll give you a tour of whatever interests you the most :)[/COLOR]




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MrFancypants;5370110[COLOR="Black"]I'm from Essen and currently live in Aachen, about one hour from Cologne. There are lots of things to see in this area, so maybe if you can tell me what you're interested in I can tell you more.

Here some general tips: Cologne has two nice areas, one is the area near the train station where you can find the cathedral, a musuem about Roman history/archeology and a bunch of nice restaurants near the Rhein. The second area is called "Altstadt" (old city) and features nice buildings and more restaurants and pubs.

Aachen, about one hour from Cologne, is a smaller town with a nice cathedral and a big technical university. There are lots of affordable restaurants for students here.

Düsseldorf, again about one hour from Cologne, also has a nice Altstadt (they often play Jazz there) and an expensive shopping street called the Kurfürstendamm not too far from the Altstadt.

The Ruhr valley area (Essen, Duisburg, Dortmund etc.) is currently the "world culture capital", so they have lots of events and exhibitions. Essen is mostly known for its "industry culture", that is everything connected to the former coal/steel industry of the area such as musuems, converted mines, the home of the Krupp family etc. and also has a nice shopping area in the center of the city.

If you like we can meet somewhere and I'll give you a tour of whatever interests you the most :)[/COLOR]

:don: I'm a huge history nerd, I think there'll be something of interest. What's the oldest thing in the area, something Roman?




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#5 8 years ago
Crazy Wolf;5370345:don: I'm a huge history nerd, I think there'll be something of interest. What's the oldest thing in the area, something Roman?

[COLOR=Black]The oldest thing in the area is probably located in the Neandertal near Düsseldorf. They have a museum there as well, not sure how good it is as I haven't been there yet. Neanderthal Museum: Home

I don't think there is any intact Roman architecture left except for some parts of the city wall of Cologne and one tower (the Römerturm). In Aachen there are several places in town where you can see remains of Roman buildings uncovered during constructions. The museum in Cologne I mentioned earlier might be interesting though, it has tons of stuff from that time. At the border to the Netherlands there is a small town called Xanten with an impressive open air musuem with reconstructed Roman buildings. None of that is quite as impressive as the Pergamon musuem in Berlin though.

The cathedrals are probably one of the most important historical relics. While many buildings were destroyed during WW2 the "Dom" of Aachen and Köln survived. The construction of the cathedral of Aachen started about 800 A.D. Near the Aachen cathedral you can visist a small musuem with relics (all sorts of stuff that supposedly belonged to Jesus and some human remains of various saints). Charlemagne is interred in the Aachen cathedral and a part of his palace is located nearby. The cathedral of Cologne is more impressive though as it is quite a bit larger.

Other historical sites are the many castles along the Rhein. Some are small, some large, some reconstructed and others ruined. Often various castles will have events during the weekends with people costumed as knights.

There is more, of course. Recent industry in Essen focuses on industry culture (the world heritage site Zeche Zollverein is very popular with tourists), near Aachen there are remains of the Westwall (more something for WW2 freaks and probably time intensive). Bonn also has quite a bit to offer (being the former capital), but I'm not really familiar with that city. [/COLOR]




Vasili

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#6 8 years ago

you can go to Brussels and become a EU politician and make dumb-ass laws that the whole of Europe has to obey

do it




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#7 8 years ago

I just got into Zürich. I should be in Cologne on the 4th.




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#8 8 years ago

Come to England...it errrmmm, rules...apparently




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#9 8 years ago

Enjoy losing all your money.




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#10 8 years ago

Don't get murdered. I saw Hostel!


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