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Daytrip Within Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:32 pm

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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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:55 pm

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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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:57 pm

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 ...
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:31 pm

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.
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:27 am

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
 
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:00 am

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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:23 am

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!!!
 
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:50 am

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?

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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:23 pm

It would be a shame to spend only one day in Berlin, but ...
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RE: Daytrip Within Europe

Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:53 pm

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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