I’m thinking about a (city) trip with my girlfriend (without daughter) to somewhere in Germany. Preferably not too far (we’ll probably travel by car) since we’ll only be going for about 3-4 days, probably in May.
Preferences: mix between urban and nature, active, good food, beer and rum (shop(s) and/or bar(s)). Cultural (musea etc.) is nice, but not a must.
I was thinking that Cologne or Bonn might be nice (both about 1,5 hour by car). But I’m open for all suggestions.
I figure that a lot of you have some “insider” information. So who beter to ask then the locals, right?
Ofc i will vote for Rhineland and cologne/bonn area.
Friendly people, loads of sightseeing/historical stuff, great cultural life in cologne. For kids you could consider Phantasia Land. Rumwise we have some bars in cologne and some shops around the area, but nothing crazy like some stores in belgium or Luxemburg. Just south of bonn you have beautiful nature with some hills, valleys, rivers near father rhine.
Also you could meet up with some nice RumX member in the area, such as @mto75 , @TheDunderHut or me
I do think it would make for a nlce vacation, but for a longer period than a couple of days (and in that case, WITH our daughter). So for now it does not match the criteria. But I’ll put it on my bucket list
I’ve visited the Black Forrest area (around Freiburg) twice. In 2012 or 2013 for cycling (Kandel, Schauinsland and Fehlberg are very nice cycling climbs), and once more (I think 2014?) as part of a road trip via Trier and the Mosel region. It’s a beautiful region, I’ve went on multiple hikes there as well.
We’ve stayed in Remagen when my girlfriend was pregnant (2020, Corona era) with a friend. On a cycling trip, we’ve passed trough a part of Bonn (I remember a huge park). The scenery was indeed very nice and got me to think of Cologne now as a possible destination.
If I can sell this to the missus, that would definitely be an option!
You went through the Park Rheinaue and had a look at the Siebengebirge with the prominent luxury hotel Petersberg and the Drachenfels (which is very touristy).
I can highly recommend the area for cycling or hiking. Ofc it wont be alpine…
There are some more shops in Brühl and in Bonn concerning Rum, but as said nothing spectacular.