by Jctravel1983 on October 6, 2012
Schlosshotel im grunewald hotel is a hotel were we stayed a few years ago. We love our little weekends away and we always try to do one each month. It doenst mean we have to go far away and sometimes a few towns away is good enough. It’s often more the idea of being away. We founded this hotel trough the internet and were able to get a good deal to stay two nights during the weekend. I think normally this hotel would have been a little bit too expensive for us otherwise.This is a five star hotel and it’s something you can tell the minute when you arrive. It has porter service but also the entire hotel from the outside and inside looks very expensive. The location of this hotel is about four kilometers from the city center of Berlin and around ten kilometers from the airport. The hotel is in that case for me not the best option when wanting to explore the city. For us the weekend away was more about relaxing and then you come to the right place at this hotel.The hotel has a wellness center and that’s something that really extracted us to go here. As a guest you have access to the swimming pool, Finnisch sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. You can also get a massage or a cosmetic treatment. We opted more for the very relaxing Finnisch sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi and although it was the weekend I have to say it wasn’t really that busy. The hotel doens’t have that many rooms and with 53 rooms it’s a medium sized hotel. The rooms are all very luxurious and come with free internet access, air conditioning, mini bar and full HD television. The most important thing is the bed which was large and very comfortable. We certainly had a good few night of sleep here. For people who don’t feel like going out at night, the hotel does have a restaurant and Tearoom and of course in the morning breakfast is served. For me this five star hotel gets five stars!
by Jctravel1983 on November 24, 2010
Lego (toys) was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. It begins as a small carpentry shop where they make a wooden toy and after the war they produced plastic toys. The Lego brick came in its present form in 1958 on the market, it is unique thanks to the clutch system with the tubes, you can build with unlimited bricks. Meanwhile, Lego is an international company in sales and the seventh largest toy manufacturer in the world. The attractionsThe park is divided into seven areas: * Lego City: an attraction with planes for small children, a short boat trip with a boat on a pond, track with cars for young children, a traffic garden for the older children (this costs extra), Bionic Power Builder, Lego factory, Lego Train (ride across the park). * Knights' Kingdom: a dragon roller coaster, a track for eight young children (and guidance), ride on a wooden horse. * Imagination: driving a car on a track in the midair, Duplo Express (small train ride), Duplo waterhole, tower, and gallery faces of soccer star (of course made of Lego). * Country-Adventure: a boat with a waterfall, canoes for small children, safari ride for small children, adventure playground (climbing, scrambling). * Pirate Country: captaining a pirate ship (you can be very wet), rocking boat, pirate ship (playhouse). * X-treme Lego Legoland Atlantis, water games, water play area with boats attraction revolving Lego Academy, rides, 4-D movie. * Mini Country: reminiscent of Madurodam, beautiful buildings made of Lego bricks. Venice, Berlin, Hamburg, Erland Swiss, Netherlands, Munich Airport, Frankfurt.Our favorites * with a boat from a waterfall, an attraction that we all four loved. You don’t go straigh of the waterfall first but when you do you really have to hold on! * The 4-D movie was also very rewarding, the kids loved the story and it was very nice when the 'snow' really fell down on us. My nephew really loved it. * The pirate boats: you take a trip on pirate boats, boats with the water cannons where you can shoot at people just walkking by! It was really terrible laugh, but several people were soaking wet after a ride on the boat. * Legoland Atlantis, here you see wonderful fish and other animals. At the end you have an aquarium where you can crawl under ,it seems to bystanders like being in the tank is. * Miniland, we looked at it from 17.00 to 18.00 hours because the other attractions be closed. Actually, almost one hour too short, you look really your eyes out. Sometimes you can press buttons to press to make something happen. For example at a football stadium to see the gallery flags go down when you press a button.My opinionWe have a great day at Legoland, in the May holiday. It was dry which was really good because almost everything is open air. We found Legoland so much fun and were surprised the whole day by things that you could see or could do. We were there all day and never bored us. You can prepare well at home by looking at what sites are suitable for any age, my nephew was nine. But that was like with roller coaster rides that really get too intense for him would have been the Bionicle Power Builder. But there was plenty for all ages. Busy various attractions such as "roller coasters, but also small rides like a carousel with airplanes, several playgrounds for children. At each attraction is a sign that you can read what an attraction is and for whom the attraction is suitable. We were lucky with that day that it was quiet, no waiting, often we could even go twice on a ride. Are you planning going to Legoland in the summer then you probably need two days to see everything. Furthermore, there are a few things not included in the entrance, the traffic garden for older children and treasure hunting.
by Jctravel1983 on November 26, 2010
Alpincenter BottropAlpin Center Bottrop is an indoor slope just near the border of Germany in the industrial city of Bottrop. With a "unique" (or at least uncommon) ticket for a price gives you access to both ski and all food and beverage and equipment hire, makes it a great destination for a moment of winter feeling or just simply for skiing or snowboarding.Meanwhile I have the Alpine Center visited twice: once in the winter (mid February) and once in the spring (11 April 2010). My review is mainly based on the last visit. I am an intermediate snowboarder, but I went to the alpincenter with two absolute beginners. We arrived late in the morning (10:30 hours) and late afternoon departure (6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. hours)The locationWith a GPS is easy to find and well signposted from the motorway. The complex is built on an mountain and has two parking spaces: one at the bottom of the mountain and one at the top. I personally have only experienced the upper parking lot where a renovation is currently underway. Generally here, if you arrive early there’s plenty of space and the entrance is less than one minute walking distance. The way up in the winter without snow tires is absolutely not doable. In summer or spring, it is however easy to do.Quality rental equipmentThe rental (only experience with snowboards) was moderate in my opinion. Although it was no problem to exchange the materials, we had to exchange two pairs of shoes because of faulty drawstrings and twice a snowboard because of a loose bond. A person we met lost hers on the way down! It is strongly recommended to check the materials before you use it. The snowboards and boots themselves are a bit low-rent standard quality, there are no types to choose from.Quality trackOn several review sites I read a number of different opinions and I can only confirm that the quality of the track varies. When we went into the winter season it was busy and within hours the track was extremely icy and hard, which can be very painful for beginners. When I was in the spring (Sunday), however, it was very quiet and I found the quality of the track, especially in the beginning, clearly better, although after a while again this time ice pocket formed, in particular at the exit from the lift (Especially for skiers a drama). A large part of the (beginners) track was used by the school. I find this understandable, but by coming at the more advanced slope you had to pass the beginner slopes before the "real" one can begin. Result was a busy high-speed differences and a number of accidents on the beginner slopes. Quality food / drinkThe quality of the food and drink I found at the level of an average snack bar. Fries, some pasta, etc. are more than enough available. Although there were a few vegetarian dishes. I was glad I ate meat since there were all kinds of sausages and chicken. Drinking is fine. Coffee and tea can make your own by pouring a machine, so you do not this have to stand in line, something I greatly appreciate. During the "rush hours" around lunch and dinner was very busy in the restaurant and there were no more tables.StaffHere I have mixed experiences. On my first visit I found the staff surly and sometimes downright rude (throwing the shoes when they were not good, no please and thank you but a surly nod) but the second time I found it all way better than expected. I have no need to use the services of the staff so I have little contact with them. They speak German and a little English.RecommendationsFor those who plan to go to Bottrop for a day of skiing or snowboarding, I have the following recommendations / suggestions: * Bring your own clothes, or borrow it from a friend. The rental clothing does not smell too fresh and is, from what I've heard from my two companions, moderate. * Remember your gloves! You can’t rent these but they are required. * Bring your own individual Euros into the lockers. The change machines do not always work. * Check your rental equipment before you use them. * Go early in the morning if possible, to avoid crowds and large ice pocket.
by Jctravel1983 on November 27, 2010
In the short break we have had in the village of Cochem, a German town near the river, we included the historic mill mustard for a visit. For me as a non-mustard fan, it was a very interesting visit and I'll tell you why below.HistoryThe historical mustard mill in Cochem is one of the oldest mustard mills in Europe. Mustard is made here since 1800, where they can make an amount of 360 KG per day. In order to make them crush the mustard seeds between heavy millstones. In the mustard seed are among other essential oils, and they remain so well preserved. Mustard, as is proved is even anti-bacterial.What to do hereThis mustard mill, you can sign up for a tour which is held several times a day. During that tour, given by "mustard miller Wolfgang Steffens, you get information about how mustard was made in earlier times, how the machines work.. In advance should you buy a ticket, then you are with all those present taken to a large room. Here is a great machine looks pretty old mill stones used for grinding grain. This machine is controlled by electricity through different kinds of tires, a barrel, different pipes and millstones made the mustard. The explanation is given in German and is very expanded. In the room where everything depends on many plates extended with pictures to view, and along the walls are almost all made mustards.In the marketing section of this mustard mill, you can sample the mustards in this mill is made and of course you can also buy these jars to take home for yourself or to give away.Employees & HygieneThe workers of this mill are extremely friendly and allow you to help with all the knowledge they have and answer all your questions. The tour was given by an older, well-articulated man, so everything was clearly understood. As for hygiene I praise them because you had taste section which all kinds of mustard stood was a container with plastic spoons and it was meticulously careful that every spoonful was discarded after single use.My experienceIt was an interesting day. The clear explanations of the mustard miller I did get inside information and now I really like to look. Despite my poor German, I think I understood more than 80% of what was explained. During the explanation, the machine was put to work and you could see that process of how such a thing made. The miller warned that if he would make the barrel, without mustard in it, that he soon would have the room to himself. Well this proved more than true. When the vessel was opened my eyes starting to tear. It was cutting onions but made it many times worse. Of course I have tasted all the mustard and jams with an explanation was given about the products. There was also strict attention that you threw away the spoons after use, my mother put it wrong way and was kindly pointed out directly. All in a fun hour of interesting information.
by Jctravel1983 on December 6, 2010
In my holiday I was very busy with working at my house but luckily the last week I spend on going away to Cochem in Germany and visited the wildlife park Duane. Location & accessThe park is tucked away and on a mountain, but it’s not hard to find. From where we were it is well signposted so it was easy to find with car. When you arrive, well you don’t really need a parking space because you will drive trough the park with your car. The only place you have to park your car is when you want to visit the monkeys and the falconer. What to expectAn 8km route through the habitat of Lamas, Alpaca’s, Deer, Hogs, Horses, Muffles, Yaks etc. Theirs is also a 800 meters long walk trough the monkey habitat and a falconer. You go 8 km along were several lookout spots are created where you can view the animals and feed them. You can buy food at the park for 1 euro. Furthermore there is a playground, park store, museum and a restaurant.FalconerAcross the monkey habitat is the falconer place where a show 2x a day is given. The birds are all in cages in the waiting area. But when the show was we were on the other side of the park and it is a 1-way road. So I have not seen that show. Downside is that you have a few opportunities to see the show. The monkeysWhen you arrive at the monkeys you had to park and you could walk about 800 meters through the habitat of the monkeys. A group of about 50 monkeys lived in the trees of different slopes. The trail, which from high to low and fell, stated clearly and led the way at about 1 meter away from most monkeys. Beautiful sight, the young monkeys in the trees trying to climb and it was so nice to see how they challenge each other with their hands and facial expressions. Llamas and Alpaca’sSoon we passed the lamas and Alpaca’s. The difference in these animals lies in the coat, but they just love the tourists. They like to eat the corn from your hand and you can touch them quietly. They behave as if they own the park and there was a middle of the road and just sat still while the cars had to go around it. Great to see that the animal is not scared and just keeps his place despite all those people.The restaurantThe restaurant was a small, suitable for 80 people, cafeteria-like space where both hot and cold meals could be eaten and were hot and cold beverages.We enjoyed a plate of chips with curry sausage that his fine was worth € 5.95. The coffee was not very tasty, however, the hot chocolate was very good to drink and you were nice and warm. Highly recommended for closing a tour of this park.The museumThe museum was a small space, compared to the route you traveled in the park. Yet, they like and arranged especially for children were all kinds of fun exercises like trees and leaves to gather together, animals, memory and many other things. Much information was given about the flora and fauna in the park were on display. All in all a nice half hour walk through it.The park storeThe store appeared to be closed when we arrived but the woman in the shop opened the door for us. Apparently she just closed the door since the shop was understaffed and this way she could control the amount of people coming in. Quite a nice woman and the shop was nice to wonder around. Our experienceWe have been really fun day and we have been quite a long way to see everything and the best shots. But I am amazed that some people just do not read the warning signs, the monkeys gorge you can not bring food, even in plastic bags. Now there was about 100 meters behind a German couple with a buggy, and yes .... it lasted a moment whether the child got frightened of the wild monkey that just came to get the treat. Really a super successful day and I can therefore only recommend for a day to go if you're in the area celebrating holidays.
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