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Author Topic: Short Europe trip advise needed  (Read 746 times)

Offline Mr.HP

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Short Europe trip advise needed
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
Hi,

I'm going to Dusseldorf for Medica fair from Nov 20-23. Will arrive on Nov 18 evening, and will have 1 free 19th for sightseeing in DUS before committing to the Fair for 4 days

I'd like to ask where/which place should I visit while I'm in DUS?

After DUS, I'll go to Lyon for a family visit, then will have a few free days. So, I'd like some recommendation of 1 place I should go (Barcelona, Zurich, Milan, etc...)

Thank you very much

HP

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 07:30:51 AM »
There are no real sights in DUS, you could take the train to Cologne and visit the cathedral. Other than that, not really anything worth seeing in that part of Germany, in my opinion.

abezerra

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2013, 07:36:31 AM »
Hi,

I'm going to Dusseldorf for Medica fair from Nov 20-23. Will arrive on Nov 18 evening, and will have 1 free 19th for sightseeing in DUS before committing to the Fair for 4 days

I'd like to ask where/which place should I visit while I'm in DUS?

After DUS, I'll go to Lyon for a family visit, then will have a few free days. So, I'd like some recommendation of 1 place I should go (Barcelona, Zurich, Milan, etc...)

Thank you very much

HP

Good for you HP.

1. never been to DUS apart for business reasons: so I don't really know that place. But Koln (CGN) is a very interesting city a few kms away: if I had a single day I'd go there.

2. LYS itself is far from being uninteresting. But 3 days is a lot, unless someone takes you to visit also the Bourgogne region by car (wineries, small towns ...).

3. from LYS, the closest place in terms of trip time is Paris (2 hs of high speed train) but you can reach a lots places, it depends on what you are interested to see and how much you already know of Europe.
My advice is, in order of priority
(a) Paris (train)
(b) Barcelona (EasyJet)
(c) Venice (Hop!)
(d) Milan (train, 4-5hs crossing the Alps)
(e) Southern France (by car)
Zurich is not a great idea. If you choose (c) or (d) (with 3 days available you can also combine the two) I can give you some hints on logistics and places to see, that's basically my homebase. Well, (a) also because I've spent some time in Paris.

abez

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2013, 08:27:57 AM »
There are no real sights in DUS, you could take the train to Cologne and visit the cathedral. Other than that, not really anything worth seeing in that part of Germany, in my opinion.

Is that so?  :-\


1. never been to DUS apart for business reasons: so I don't really know that place. But Koln (CGN) is a very interesting city a few kms away: if I had a single day I'd go there.


Great, then I'll visit Cologne. Anything else beside that Cathedral in Cologne?


My advice is, in order of priority
(a) Paris (train)
(b) Barcelona (EasyJet)
(c) Venice (Hop!)
(d) Milan (train, 4-5hs crossing the Alps)
(e) Southern France (by car)
Zurich is not a great idea. If you choose (c) or (d) (with 3 days available you can also combine the two) I can give you some hints on logistics and places to see, that's basically my homebase. Well, (a) also because I've spent some time in Paris.

Been to Paris and Venice, so I'll pass

Maybe I'll go to Barcelona, then. Would traveling from LYS to BCN by plane or train better?

Thanks

exchlbg

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2013, 10:17:39 AM »
Just some background information. DUS is a modern city, itīs the capital of Northrine-Westphalia. Itīs known for the many wealthy and elegant people doing exclusive shopping on "Kö" (Königsallee),one of the most expensive shopping streets in Germany.In the evenings you should visit the old part of town (Altstadt) to have some "Altbier" ("old beer",dark and malty).
Cologne is much bigger than Düsseldorf, itīs one of the oldest cities in Germany ,founded by the Romans.Later it became one of the richest dioceses of the Roman-Catholic world.
Cologne is full of very old churches of Romanic architecture.The Cathedral was partly erected in the Middle Ages, mainly to host the shrine with the bones of the holy three kings. The construction was abandoned unfinished for a few hundred years until it was finished in the 19th century by order of the "Kaiser".Although Cologne was severly bombed during WWII, there are a lot of houses, walls and the like from all centuries since the Romans. If the weather is fine you should do a day boat trip up the river Rhine through itīs picturesque valley.
In Cologne you will also have to taste itīs own special beer (Kölsch) of a light colour and a fresh, sparkling taste.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2013, 12:01:38 PM by exchlbg »

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 11:14:00 AM »
Just some background information. DUS is a modern city, itīs the capital of Northrine-Westphalia. Itīs known for the many wealthy and elegant people doing exclusive shopping on "Kö" (Königsallee),one of the most expensive shopping streets in Germany.In the evenings you should visit the old part of town (Altstadt) to have some "Altbier" ("old beer",dark and malty).
Cologne is much bigger than Düsseldorf, itīs one of the oldest cities in Germany ,founded by the Romans.Later it became one of the richest dioceses of the Roman-Catholic world.
Cologne is full of very old churches of Romanic architecture.The Cathedral was partly erected in the Middle Ages, mainly to host the shrine with the bones of the holy three kings. The construction was abandoned unfinished for a few hundred years until it was finished in the 19th century by order of the "Kaiser".Although Cologne was severly bombed during WWII, there are a lot of houses, walls and the like from all centuries since the Romans. If the weather is fine you should do a day boat trip down the river Rhine through itīs picturesque valley.
In Cologne you will also have to taste itīs own special beer (Kölsch) of a light colour and a fresh, sparkling taste.

Thank you very much for your input. Truly appreciate it

I know Germany has like thousand types of beer, unfortunately, I'm no beer lover  :-[

exchlbg

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 11:51:53 AM »
Since both cities are situated on the River Rhine, which is also known for itīs good wines you will find something. I think you will also be provided with non-alcoholic drinks if you wish.
Just mentioned the beers because the two rivaling cities destinctively define themselves over their special beers and itīs not advisable to order either in the wrong city.
Both beers are served in very small glasses (0,2cl) so you donīt have to get drunk for a taste.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2013, 12:08:44 PM by exchlbg »

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 12:10:39 PM »
Germany is boring in general. You better visit Amsterdam :)

ill pay you a drink ;)

exchlbg

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2013, 12:34:05 PM »
Amsterdam is way behind itīs best days and twice as boring as any middle sized German city.I had the opportunity of observing itīs decline for years. But since it seems to be your home, no more arguing. Sure, there are a million possibilities for visits and sight-seeing throughout Europe, but I think he only wanted tips for killing one day in and around DUS, and both cities have enough to look at during one day at a first visit.

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013, 12:35:31 PM »
Well at least Cologne and Amsterdam have one thing in common, you get hit on by gays every 5 minutes.

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2013, 12:36:10 PM »
Amsterdam is way behind itīs best days and twice as boring as any middle sized German city.I had the opportunity of observing itīs decline for years. But since it seems to be your home, no more arguing. Sure, there are a million possibilities for visits and sight-seeing throughout Europe, but I think he only wanted tips for killing one day in and around DUS, and both cities have enough to look at during one day at a first visit.

Haha, just trolling ;)

Cologne is indeed very nice :) But just a short ICE ride ahead Brussels, maybe an interesting option too

exchlbg

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Re: Short Europe trip advise needed
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2013, 12:54:33 PM »
Well at least Cologne and Amsterdam have one thing in common, you get hit on by gays every 5 minutes.

Although this forum is off-topic, I donīt see any reason to load off stupid rubbish by trying to be witty or funny.

 

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