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Koblenz, Deutschland

Visiting the Burg Eltz it was inevitable to stroll down the hills of  Rhineland-Palatinate and explore.

To be honest, the navigation was not up to date as bringing us to the closed local roads or reserved only for the local agricultural vehicles. But there is a beauty in getting lost like that! ūüôā

Around the hills in Wierschem

Koblenz is a German city on the banks of the river Rhine and of the Moselle, a multi-nation tributary. Thanks to its geographic position, it is one of the most beautiful vineyards location. Let me tell you our entrance to the city with this:

Schloss von der Leyen

On our right is the river Moselle, on the left the vineyards scenery on the cliffs and we are driving right through the castle. The fairytale!

No wonder, Koblenz was established as a¬†Roman¬†military post around 8 B.C. Its name originates from the¬†Latin(ad) cŇćnfluentńďs, meaning¬†confluence.¬†The actual confluence is today known as the “German Corner“, a symbol of the¬†unification of Germany¬†that features an¬†equestrian statue of Emperor William I.

Opposite to this Deutsches Ecke – where the river Rhein and Moselle confluence and continue towards Rotterdam is the Fortress Ehrenbreitstein as seen from Koblenz.

Fortress Ehrenbreitstein as seen from Koblenz

The old city has a triangular shape, with two sides being bounded by the Rhine and Mosel and the third by a line of fortifications. The city facades are neo-baroque and classical. With loads of shopping streets and commercial centers interfered. It the Altstadt one can find bars and restaurants to enjoy german culinary and recommended wines from the valleys of Rhine and Mosel.

I couldn’t skip The cultural centre Forum Mittelrhein and the Kulturbau Forum Confluentesstands as a singular, solitary volume on the square and is wrapped in a striking, partly translucent shiny fa√ßade that reflects the sky and the clouds. It houses the public library, the Mittelrhein Museum and the tourist information of Koblenz, with their ‚ÄėZentrum der Rheinromantik‚Äô, inviting both tourists and residents to learn more about this beautiful region.

To conclude with the Rhine riesling and Mosel gewurztraminer.

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D√ľsseldorf, Germany

Hop on, hop off with a friend by Thalys train. From lovely Brussels to the city in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area.

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Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof, the meain train station

Upon the arrival we realized there are this iconic statues of Dusseldorf citizens everywhere:

We discovered pretty soon why this city is all in business and industry, with the buildings like this:

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Anyhow, we continued towards the city center. The reformator’s church was somehow interesting for us because of the statues of fallen angels in front. So we entered, but yet reformator’s church are not welth decorated at all.

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So that was the Martin Luther Platz, or square in english with the statue of the emperator or Kaiser Wilhem Denkmal flanked by the two angels of peace and war.

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As we were hungry, we continued walking towards the Old town. We decided to  go to local restaurants, beer hauses: Hausbrauereien to eat and drink local.

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Boy we had fun there! We soon discovered their local beer: Altbier, a top-fermented, dark beer.

20180203_161256.jpgThere, the ‚ÄúK√∂besse‚ÄĚ (local dialect: waiters) may be somewhat harsh but they are warm hearted. If your beer glass is empty the next Alt¬†comes without you even having to order it. This put is in trouble later afternoon when we ended with sightseeing and sat for one last Alt. Boy, it was a never ending story almost leading us to miss the train towards Brussels. So, the message is: Be careful! ūüôā

Small tip, foreign guests might not know that there is rivalry between the citizens of D√ľsseldorf and their neighbours in Cologne. So never ever order a K√∂lsch¬†(a light beer brewed in Cologne) in D√ľsseldorf. ūüôā

The typical Hausbrauerei decorations are usually talking about the relation between the¬† wife at home and her husband after some time spend in the Brauerei. ūüôā

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The¬†Old Town¬†of D√ľsseldorf is famous by bars, restaurants, brewery inns, good weekend parties etc. hence it is called¬†the longest bar of the world.¬†

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The Old town has some interesting decorations and statues as well hiding the secrets of its citizens in the past.

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Nobody shits the gold, so you better save and invest. ūüôā

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Cast boy – true dandey of Dusseldorf

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Sinti and Roma gypsie girl who was murdered during World War II.

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Another Dandy of Dusseldorf

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Heinrich Heine – the poet of Dusseldorf

The main square and the City Hall and kinds in the middle of city happenings. The building dates from the 16th century.

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City Hall

We were caught into the city parade with the traditional clothes and orchestra. What a lovely Saturday it was! ūüôā

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As we walked around, we ended on the food market. Please look at this booth: I never saw more species of potato, in my life!

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Moutard store – the traditions of the region

At the southern end of the river Rhine promenade is the newest landmark of the city. It was nice to walk around even though te cold wind freezed our faces.

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Actually, this is how the place looked like before and how it changed to nowadays modernity, sometimes not by its own will since the World War II caused the biggest changes of the veduta of the city.

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The new funky place down the river Rhine is called Media Harbour. The former harbour was transformed in a quarter with restaurants, bars, coffee shops, discotheques and hotels. Its flair is based on the mixture of new modern buildings like depots, quay walls and industrial surroundings that stand side by side with modern architecture.

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Rhine tower

The¬†K√∂nigsallee¬†is an urban boulevard in¬†D√ľsseldorf,¬†¬†with a landscaped canal that runs along its center, as well as the fashion showrooms and luxury retail stores located along its sides.

By the end of the 18th century, D√ľsseldorf was a small baroque¬†town and capital of the¬†Grand Duchy of Berg.¬†But the Duke decided to¬†give room for a more generous urban plan.

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