The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

Hotel Review Location: The hotel is located in a central yet peaceful location in the Innenstadt district of the city, just an easy 12 minute walk from the central railway station. Arrival and check-in: The spacious entrance lobby is bright and airy with modern furnishings. Check-in is from 3.00 p.m. and it was shortly after …

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Day 1. Cologne city break

I realise that travel is the last thing on our minds right now but we all need something positive to look forward to and escapism from the doom and gloom that surround us all. I'm continuing to blog as usual and hope you will continue to enjoy my posts. Stay safe everyone and do please …

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Day 3. Düsseldorf – what to see

Our final day in Düsseldorf began with a leisurely buffet breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, then after packing up our belongings we took the U Bahn along to Adolf Graf Platz to enjoy a morning stroll around Medien Hafen (Media Harbour) near the Rhine Tower we had visited the previous morning. This former abandoned …

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Day 2. Exploring Düsseldorf

After enjoying a delicious breakfast in our hotel we wrapped up warm as a strong wind was blowing and took the U Bahn to Graf Adolf Platz so that we could take a ride up The Rheinturm, one of the city's landmarks (admission €9 (£7.47) or €5 (£4.15) with the Dusseldorf Card. Designed by Horst H …

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Day 3. Stuttgart’s Rack Railway

We allowed ourselves an extra hour in bed and then enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. The IBIS had a good selection of hot and cold dishes and in one corner a waffle station where guests could make their own fresh waffles. As we had arranged a late check out we left our …

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Day 2. Stuttgart and its motor museums

After enjoying a varied selection of dishes for breakfast in our hotel's restaurant we were ready to set off exploring. If cars are your thing then Stuttgart is definitely the place to visit as the city is the home of Mercedes and Porsche. Both of these motor manufacturers have museums on the outskirts of the …

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Day 2. Exploring Hamburg

Breakfast in our hotel was excellent, as well as the usual cooked dishes, fruit and pastries, a chef was on hand to prepare waffles for us topped with fruit and whipped cream.  I couldn't resist the temptation of returning for more as they tasted delicious, so a brisk walk was necessary to walk off these …

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Day 3. A walk along the Alster in Hamburg

After being tempted to eating rather too many waffles for breakfast, a long walk seemed to be the answer so we headed to the lake front in the centre of town.  This is the Alster, the central point alongside the harbour pier and main shopping centre.  We had walked along there the previous day so …

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Day 1. A weekend in Berlin

We had spent the night at the Travelodge, Heathrow Central as our flight was one of the first of the morning to depart Heathrow.  We had originally booked our outbound flight with Germanwings, however, with less than 48 hours prior to departure, we received an email from Germanwings informing us that our flight had been cancelled …

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