River Elbe, Hamburg

Day 3. Visiting Chocoversum and Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg

There were more foodie treats in store for us to experience during our Hamburg city break with a morning visit to Chocoversum, the city's chocolate museum.  It's located in the Kontorhaus district with the nearest U-Bahn station being Meßberg on the U1 Line.  We joined one of their 90 minute chocolate tours which are offered …

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Elbe River, Hamburg

Day 2. A culinary tour of Hamburg

After a good night's sleep in my lovely room at the Scandic Hamburg Emporio I enjoyed breakfast along the corridor in the hotel's 'Living Room' which is for the exclusive use of guests staying on the upper two floors of the hotel. Here I enjoyed a selection of cold cuts of meat, mackerel and smoked salmon …

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Alster Plaza, Hamburg

Day 1. A culinary tour of Hamburg

With three days to explore a world of culinary delights and top sightseeing spots in Hamburg I couldn't wait to get off the plane!  I'd travelled with KLM from Leeds/Bradford connecting via Amsterdam and with direct flights available from both London and Manchester, the city is easy to reach for a short break from all …

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Leonardo Royal Hotel, Nuremberg

Leonardo Royal Hotel, Nuremberg

Hotel Review Location: Nuremberg is situated in Bavaria, southern Germany and is a delightful place to enjoy a city break with its impressive old town, Imperial castle and wealth of museums.  The Leonardo Royal Hotel is a newly opened hotel (2021) located in the city centre just a few steps from the railway station.  As …

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Furth, Nuremberg

Day 3. Nuremberg Rally Grounds and Courtroom 600

Nuremberg's history is complex with its symbols of power from the days of the Holy Roman Empire in Germany to its dark Third Reich history as the 'City of the Nazi Party Rallies'.  On our final morning in the city we took a tram to to the south east of the city to view the …

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View from Nuremberg Castle

Day 2. Nuremberg Castle & Old Town

A leisurely breakfast in the stylish restaurant of Nuremberg's Leonardo Royal Hotel was a perfect way to start the day tucking into a varied buffet selection followed by omelettes freshly made to order.  After downing two cappuccinos we were ready for the day ahead and utilised our Nuremberg Cards by taking the metro, followed by a tram …

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Maxbrucke Bridge, Nuremberg

Day 1. A weekend in Nuremberg

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria, southern Germany.  It's a city famous for its Imperial castle, half timbered houses and cobblestone squares, and somewhere I'd long wanted to visit.  One Friday evening a few weeks ago my wish finally came true as we took a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Nuremberg's Albrecht …

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The Pullman Hotel, Cologne

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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River Rhine, Cologne

Day 3. Cologne – along the Rhine

The hotel's restaurant appeared quieter than the previous morning but as breakfast is served between 7.00 and midday on Sundays, perhaps other guests were having a well earned lie in. We enjoyed tucking into a wide selection of healthy and perhaps not quite so healthy (but equally delicious) options to keep us going for most …

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Day 2. Exploring Cologne

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel we popped on our coats and scarves and wandered along to Cologne Cathedral which had been closed the previous afternoon as a service was taking place. Fortunately, it was open and we were able to admire the majestic interior with its wonderful stained glass windows. This UNESCO …

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