lifestyle, Personal, Travel

Trip to Germany: Koblenz

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A few weeks ago, we went on a family trip to Koblenz in Germany and of course Odin, my sweet Border Collie, came with us. We did some morning walks trough te beautiful forests nearby our hotel, got to know locals by going to German bars and restaurants and discovered some wonderful city parts. Here’s the first two days of our trip.

We arrived at the Wyndham hotel on Saturday afternoon. After having looked around in our hotel rooms, we packed out our clothes, put on our hiking shoes and went for a hike over some small mountains towards the village of Lahnstein. Unfortunately, it was already getting dark when we arrived at the first signs of civilization, so we decided to turn back before arriving at the planned destination. Once there, we heard our stomach growling and decided to find a place to eat.

Schermafbeelding 2017-03-14 om 11.46.07Apparently, a free dinner at the hotel restaurant was included in our reservation, so it would be a pity to waist that opportunity. We were all welcome, except for the dog. He had to stay in the hotel room. I locked up Odin in his indoor dog kennel, but that was not a very good idea. I waited a few minutes for him to stop barking when we left the room, which never happened. When I opened the door again, Odin was freed and his kennel demolished. There was no other option than eating in two groups, since Odin suffered from separation anxiety more than we had expected.

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The next day, Odin and I went for a short morning walk, because we hadn’t much time left to take a seat at the hotel’s breakfast tables. In fact, breakfast was included in the price, but the doors of the room closed at 11 a.m. There was an abundance of delicious food; eggs, toast, crusty bread rolls, corn flakes, coffee cakes, plenty of charcuterie and so much more. We were satisfied.

Next, we drove to the city of Koblenz, a wonderful city. We looked around, and noticed a big sort of castle and decided to buy tickets for the cable car the reach the impressive building. That was the first time for all of us. For the ones with acrophobia, the trip could be a little bit ‘uptight’, but eventually even Odin seemed to like the view from above.

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The beautiful building, which was called the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, was definitely worth the money. Even dogs were allowed in the domain, only the museum was not accessible for Odin. When we had explored most of the fortress, I went outside again to see what’s around the giant garden while the rest of the family entered the museum. It was actually a huge recently relandscaped public park with modern banks, well-maintained lawns, a panoramic lookout point, some outdoor fitness equipment and a few statues. Odin and I spend a full hour walking trough the park until the others had finished their museum visit, but I had the feeling that there was so much more to see.

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Afterwards, we went back to the central city, looked around for a while and went back to the car. Once arrived at the parking of the hotel again, we went further on foot to a super cozy diner. The food was delicious! I ordered a strammer max, which is slice of bread, covered with melted cheese, ham and eggs.

I went to bed after watching some local TV channels of which I didn’t understand a thing. I thought about the nice things we’ve done the past day(s) and fell asleep. Today was great!

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