Join our delightful short break across to Germany, visiting some of the wonderful cities in the Nordrhein Westfalen region, including beautiful Cologne, set alongside the Rhine river.
Uncover Cologne’s greatest sights with a guided city tour, which will see us travelling around Cologne to further explore the area. During the city walk, explore the famous cathedral and the old town, the town hall and the old town with large Romanesque Church of St. Martin. Get a feel for of the city's vibrancy and history as you walk the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and the busy squares of the old market and the hay market. Our guided tour concludes with a visit inside Cologne Cathedral. The Cathedral is the town's major landmark and the most visited attraction in Germany.
The city of Cologne offers six Christmas markets in total, with the market set in front of the imposing cathedral being the most impressive. Beneath the largest Christmas tree in Rhineland, you will find 160 attractively designed pavilions. Here, you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work, and enjoy the 'original Christmas mulled wine'.
Set around the cathedral and town hall, Aachen’s market square is perfect to feel the magic of the festive season, with the local speciality gingerbread, Aachen Printen, a must to try! Enjoy a stroll through the heart of this historic town.
The vibrant city of Dusseldorf has an exciting mix of traditional buildings, modern architecture and interesting museums for us to discover on our visit today. For shopping, head to the popular Konigsallee pedestrianized street or the fashionable Altstadt. Why not enjoy a stroll along the bustling promenade and watch the ships sailing along the Rhine.
Located in Kaarst, on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, this modern hotel is perfectly placed for us to explore the surrounding cities and offers a welcome retreat after a day sightseeing.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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