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 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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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 1. Düsseldorf City Break

I really enjoy visiting Germany and noting that Eurowings had flights departing from Manchester mid-evening on a Friday we decided to head there for a weekend break. It was just a short 65 minute hop over to Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine Westphalia and our first experience of Eurowings, the low cost arm …

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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 1. Stuttgart – a short break

It was a wet and windy start to the day as we travelled by train to Manchester Airport for our lunch-time Ryanair flight to the German city of Stuttgart. There was ample time to pop into Costa for some pre-flight sandwiches and cups of coffee before boarding our Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Luckily I had been …

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