The eastern Netherlands trip

This week we are traveling to… The Netherlands!


Nijmegen

This dutch city is really different to the others in the country due to two important facts:

  • The city without channels: When people think about the Netherlands, they tend to imagine cities full of tulips and channels. Although there are no channels across the city, Nijmegen is located close to the Waal river (a tributary river of our beloved Rhein).
  • There are slopes: Yes, the visitor can go up- and downhill. Furthermore, the visitor can go to the top of the old tower to have a nice view from the whole city.

The old town maintain its charm, although the allied shelled it during the IIWW (it is said they did it accidentally). A good example of its charm is the Grote Markt, where it is easy to find a lot of people having a walk around. I recommend you to get lost in its narrow streets, to enjoy how the fishermen work and to try regional food (highly recommended if you like to eat fish).

Venlo

It is different from other cities I have already visited in the Netherlands. Its old buildings are mixed with new structures providing this place with an special atmosphere.

If you like shopping Venlo is the place to be. The old town is full of stores. Lots of well known brands have their own place here, that is the reason why it is  so common to see germans crossing the border just to go shopping to this town and to its famous outlet (located outside the city). A paradise for shopalcoholics!

I hope you enjoyed the trip!! 

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Subway & Art in Düsseldorf

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Last weekend it was the official opening of the new subway´s lines in Düsseldorf, that is the reason why I decided to have a look and tell you more about it

As you can imagine the city hall prepared a huge celebration: music, beer, activities for children…

Maybe most of you are wondering why I am talking about a subway line. Well, the truth is that these new lines are planned since 15 years ago and it took so long to build them because each from their 6 stops were created by a different artist. Which means that each stop has its own personality.

Every stop is work of art. Some of them are created to make us to forget that we are using a public transport, others are thought to make us feeling in the space and the are also stops that interact with us thanks to LED screens.

Following you can find an article from the NY Times to get more information about this modern and new line.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/20/arts/design/art-and-3-d-magic-in-a-german-subway.html

During the opening day we could find out more information about the new lines and we could take the subway for free. Here you have a picture with all the new information to do not miss a subway 😉

 

 

Santa is coming to Düsseldorf

It is only 4 days left until Christmas arrives and I would like to show you how we do prepare these special days in the NRW region, in Germany.

As I previously mentioned, the most renowned activity during the months of November and December is to visit the Christmas markets. But, why are they so special? In my opinion, the prettiest part of the markets are not the markets itself but the atmosphere that surrounds them.

 

Each city has different christmas markets where to find christmas traditional food: caramel coated almonds, flammkuche, anisette candies, sausages and our beloved and well-known Glühwein. Another possibility is to buy the christmas presents there and to surprise your family with traditional german products such as: Paper lanterns, advent candles, christmas decoration or leather bags.

 

 

Here I show you a list of some markets I have already visited (and I would like to recommend you):

Düsseldorf Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/top-veranstaltungen/duesseldorfer-weihnachtsmarkt/

Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-koeln.net/

Aachen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://aachenweihnachtsmarkt.de/

And if you wanna find out quiet and unknown places I recommend you the following markets:

Solingen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www2.solingen.de/C12572F80037DB19/0/BE926AB8173E80D6C12576740029D540?OpenDocument

Leverkusen Weihnachtsmarkt

https://www.christkindchenmarkt.de/

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!! FROHE WEIHNACHTEN!!! MERRY XMAS!!!! JOYEUX NOEL!!!

The old city of Trier

Trier at a glance

  • It is known as the oldest city in Germany
  • A legend says that the city was set up 1300 years before the arrival of the Romans
  • It is surrounded by forests and vineyards
  • The city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage


What to visit in Trier?

Porta nigra

The largest city gate of the world. This old Roman fortification was built in the 180 AD and it received its name around 1060 do to its black color produced by the pollution.

 

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Hauptmarkt 

In the center of the square, surrounded by historic buildings, the visitor can find St. Peters fountain. This antique square is now full of cafeterias and restaurants ready to let the visitor enjoy the classic german specialities.

 

St. Peters Cathedral

Built between the S.X and S.XI, this cathedral preserves it original walls.

 

Electoral Palace

Although now it is a local government office, it is always nice and relaxing to walk around its beautiful gardens.

 

I hope you come to visit this charmed place!!!