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User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

I'm looking to plan a day trip (not to Amsterdam or Paris) on some day between July 1-5, I preferably want to go by train or discounted airfare. I am in the DUS/CGN area. Anybody have any suggestions of something that would be cheap and enjoyable?

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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4250 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Check airberlin.com and find a suitable flight from DUS or CGN, germanwings.com for flights ex CGN. Also option enought on other European airlines, SAS to Scandinavia can have nice offers, OS to VIE, BA to London, EI to DUB...


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

With booking less than 2 weeks in advance, deeply discounted tickets will be scarce.
Although I usually not promote them, have a look into FR out of NRN.

Another budget idea would be to stay in Germany and use Deutsche Bahn. They have tickets available for unlimited travel, but excluding ICE and IC-trains.
"Quer durch Land" is a day-ticket for 42 € available for Monday thru Friday; the weekend's version of it is called "Schönes Wochenende" for 39 €.
If you restrict yourself to one of our states, like Northrhine-Westphalia in your case, day tickets get even cheaper.

But Deutsche Bahn also has "normal" discounted tickets available and also promotions for travel to other countries.

For destinations ...:
From Cologne take the slower (= regional) trains along the river Rhine upstream towards Koblenz (currently, national flower exhibition is being held there) and on to Frankfurt. Will make for a scenic trip.
As an A.netter you, of course, can opt to head for the airport in Frankfurt. But if you have no intention to visit FRA nor Frankfurt itself, consider to turn already at some earlier city.

BTW, recommending anything, of course, would be easier for us if we would know about any special interest and no-go's of yours ...
-HT



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User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 2):
BTW, recommending anything, of course, would be easier for us if we would know about any special interest and no-go's of yours ...

Thanks, and I am interested in most things. A visit to FRA would be nice if I were in the area. I particularly enjoy simply exploring cities taking long walks in them though.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Quoting alsberg (Reply 3):
I particularly enjoy simply exploring cities taking long walks in them though.

So, lets see what comes to mind:
Aachen
Cologne itself
Brussels
Koblenz ?

All reachable by train as daytrips.
-HT



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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Hi!

Just thought I'd mention I think Easyjet have a twice daily flight from London Gatwick to Cologne if you want to fly to London. I think you really need to book in advance a lot to get the cheapest fare but the route never gets too expensive. From Gatwick you can take the Gatwick Express train and be in central London in 30 minutes. Otherwise have you thought about maybe Zurich or Geneva. Both are extremely easy to get to by train from the airport. I find Geneva a bit boring but Zurich is a brilliant city to walk around for a day if you like Germanic-speaking Swiss things. It has lots of old buildings, a beautiful river and lake and an excellent shopping street called Bahnhofstrasse. There's good Starbucks too which is a bonus for me! The train ideas sound excellent too but just thought I'd add two more.

Looking forward to a possible trip report if you feel like writing one!

Hope it might help.

Pierre


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

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-HT



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User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 4):
Brussels
Koblenz

I've seen Cologne alot, I love that city. But these two also sound quite interesting.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 5):
London Gatwick to Cologne if you want to fly to London

That would be nice, something I'll look into.

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 5):
Looking forward to a possible trip report if you feel like writing one!

I've got DUS-GOT coming up, maybe on that, and I think I'll probably be writing one on my coming up DUS-MUC on LH, and then MUC-ORD on UA.

Quoting HT (Reply 6):
Come to Manchester

Another nice possibility.

I'll investigate further into all of these excellent suggestions. Thanks everybody!!!


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2992 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Germanwings have a hub at Cologne/Bonn - there might be some daytrip possibilities from there:
http://www.germanwings.com/en/

Also look on Deutsche Bahn's site for "London Spezial" tickets, book in advance for EUR49 one way, including ICE train to Brussels and the Eurostar through the tunnel to London.
http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/pri...urope/london-cologne-special.shtml

One way plane, one way train perhaps?

signol



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7935 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

It would be a shame to spend only one day in Berlin, but ...


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Keep in mind that if you do pick London, you aren't actually "in" London unless you fly to London City. All the other airports are a fair way from the city centre.

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