Mannheim in Winter – This is What You Can Do!

Mannheim in Winter – This is What You Can Do!

Mannheim in Winter – This is What You Can Do!

At the end of November, I was in Mannheim for two days. I already knew the city from other short visits, as it is also not far from my hometown Kelkheim near Frankfurt. So I have met friends here from time to time or even went dancing. Now I should experience Mannheim for the first time in winter! The reason for my trip was the concert Night of the Proms, for which I couldn’t get tickets in Frankfurt anymore.

Mannheim – The City of Squares

Mannheim and Heidelberg were the capitals of the Electorate Palatinate, or Kurpfalz for short. This is evidenced, for example, by Mannheim Castle, which was built between 1720 and 1760 and was temporarily the residence of the Elector of the Palatinate.

The heavy destruction of the city center during World War II meant that the entire city center had to be rebuilt. This reconstruction was carried out in the style of the 1950s – namely in a grid-shaped street network, which gave the city one of its many nicknames, the Square City. Mannheim is known for its parks, for its music culture and for its multicultural diversity.

 

Mannheim in Winter – This is What You Can do!

I don’t know about you… But when I think of Mannheim, I think of the parks and the beautiful university and the castle. All places that are not ideal for winter excursions. At least if you feel the cold as easily as me.

Therefore I have four things here that you can do in Mannheim in winter:

 

Check Out The Art Gallery

The art gallery called Kunsthalle Mannheim was the first museum in Mannheim and was inaugurated in 1909. It is one of the first civic collections of modern art in the world. It was founded as a museum in 1909 and houses one of the most renowned civic collections in Germany. Works by Manet, Pissaro, van Gogh or Bacon in painting and numerous sculptures make the heart of every art lover beat faster. From the very beginning, the motto has been “Art for all” and is thus committed to people – regardless of their origin or education.

Mannheim im Winter – Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Until June 1st of 2018, the Kunsthalle was housed in the Art Nouveau building designed by Hermann Billing, which was ceremonially built in 1907 to mark the 300th anniversary of the city of Mannheim. Today’s complex has grown naturally: in part very modern and a work of art in itself. While the other part is the former Jugendstil building.

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

At a different time of the year, you can certainly sit nicely on the roof terrace, enjoy the sun and let the works of art take effect on you.

Kunsthalle Mannheim

Kunsthalle Mannheim

For all those who like it modern, the Kunsthalle Mannheim offers an app as a multimedia companion. There are guided tours and information on exhibitions, works and events. It can be downloaded from both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Here are the facts about the Kunsthalle Mannheim:

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Sunday & Holidays 10 – 18 h
Wednesday 10 – 20 h / 1st Wednesday of the month 10 – 22 h
Closed on Monday

Entrance:

14 Euro / reduced 12 Euro
Family ticket: 24 Euro (2 adults with children under 18 years)
Evening ticket: 10 Euro (valid from 1 ½ h before closing time)
Annual ticket: 30 Euro (from 18 years, valid 1 year from date of redemption)

Free entrance – MVV art night
1st Wednesday of the month, 18 – 22 Uhr

 

Go to the Technoseum

In the Technoseum, the State Museum for Technology and Work, you can go on an interactive journey through time. Information is combined with experiences and complex technical topics are presented in a vivid way. It is a foundation under public law and is financed by the City of Mannheim and the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Technoseum Mannheim

The exhibition covers 200 years of technology as well as social history and is in many cases prepared in a playful and even child-friendly way, so that one does not just walk through a simple museum and look at exhibits or read the respective descriptions. No, here, everybody becomes an actor who likes to experiment. This is specially the case in the uppermost floor where one can help oneself.

Mannheim im Winter – Technoseum Mannheim

In an increasingly complex world, the Technoseum wants to make technical progress understandable and illustrate the influence on people’s lives and work. Modern technologies hold opportunities, but also risks. This is what the museum wants to show.

Technoseum Mannheim

Technoseum Mannheim

Technoseum Mannheim

Technoseum Mannheim

Technoseum Mannheim

These are the facts about the Technoseum:

Opening hours:

Daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entrance:

Adults 9,00 Euro
Reduced 6,00 Euro
Children up to 6 years old free

 

Go to a Show at the Planetarium

In 1927 one of the world’s first planetariums was opened in Mannheim. Under a 24.5-meter dome in the Luisenpark, 514 people could be seated. In 1943, however, it was damaged in a bombing raid and demolished ten years later. It was not until 1975 that there was a citizens’ initiative to help rebuild the planetarium.

In 1984 the time had finally come: the new planetarium was built on Europaplatz. The dome is 20 metres high and can accommodate 280 people. It was equipped with the most powerful projector available at the time. But the technology improved so much over the decades that a new one had to be built in 2002. Universarium is the name of the chic new acquisition, which can realistically depict stars using fiber optics.

The old projector is located in front of the entrance to the Dome Hall and can be viewed while waiting for the performance to begin. In addition, a cafeteria ensures that you can warm up when you come in from the wintery cold streets of Mannheim.

Mannheim im Winter – Planetarium Mannheim

Planetarium Mannheim

Planetarium Mannheim

These are the facts for the Planetarium Mannheim:

Opening hours:

The opening hours of the planetarium vary as they depend on the performances, which are different every day. In the schedule you can see which performances are upcoming. The doors open one hour before the performance starts.

Free choice of seats for all events!

Admission approx. 10 minutes before the performance begins.

Tickets:

Adults9,50 €
Group of adults8,50 €
Reduced7,00 €
Children (up to 12 years)5,00 €
Students in a group5,00 €

 

Have a Hot Drink at the Christmas Market

200 huts are waiting at the Mannheim Christmas market at the water tower… For feasting, strolling, Christmas shopping! Because there’s a lot to discover here and maybe you’ll come up with an odd gift idea for Christmas.

In Germany, Mannheim’s Christmas market is one of the oldest and largest. It takes place around the water tower, the city’s landmark.

Mannheim im Winter – Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt

Mannheim im Winter - Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt

Be enchanted by the carousel organ or make a detour to the 18-metre high Christmas pyramid. It is accessible and there is even a café upstairs.

A colourful programme awaits you on a stage: artists can show off their talents here from 6 pm! Whether choirs, musicians or dancers… There is something for everyone!

Mannheim im Winter - Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt – Die Weihnachtspyramide

Mannheim im Winter - Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt

Mannheim im Winter - Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt

Mannheim im Winter - Der Wasserturm bei Nacht

Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt

These are the facts about the Mannheim Christmas market:

Mannheim Christmas market at the water tower

25 November to 23 December 2019

Or 23 November to 23 December 2020

Daily from 11 to 21

www.weihnachtsmarkt-mannheim.de

 

Hotel in Mannheim

I was accommodated in the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim, less than five minutes walk from the water tower. You can reach all the places listed here within 15 minutes at the most, walking easily. So the location was ideal for me.

You can find a detailed description of my hotel stay here: Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim.

 

Mannheim in Winter – My Final Thoughts

My reason for this trip was a concert. So I must admit: I was a bit skeptical at first whether I would even like Mannheim in winter. I’ve already been to the parks and to the university, so I knew Mannheim mainly as a destination where you can go for wonderful walks. But what should I do in winter?

I had not expected to have such a nice time! But I found the Technoseum really exciting and it was my first time in a planetarium. The Christmas market was also really great and it gave us – me and my family – a perfect opportunity to have a bite to eat before the concert, but at the same time to do some exploring.

All in all it was a fun weekend trip!

Deine Barbara

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Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Two nights in the square city

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In December, I wanted to go to the Night of the Proms with my family. Since we couldn’t get any tickets for the concert in Frankfurt, we decided to buy tickets for Mannheim and combine it with a weekend in the city of squares.

LEONARDO HOTELS – The hotel chain

LEONARDO HOTELS is a European hotel chain with over 150 hotels in more than 85 destinations. The goal is to create places of well-being – through their own regional character, their local connection to the location and their own design. The company motto is “feeling good” and is a promise to us hotel guests to do their utmost to make us feel good and comfortable.

I myself got to know the chain at a travel industry trade fair and especially liked the subsidiary chain Nyx. This one is a bit more trendy and modern – just more for my generation. But since I took this special trip with my father, the classic Leonardo Royal seemed a much better choice.

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim

The Hotel

Due to its ingenious location directly at Mannheim’s landmark, the water tower, the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim is ideal for travellers who like to live centrally: Extensive shopping tours, walks in the Luisenpark or at the water tower, as a starting point for events or a cultural day with museum and planetarium… this hotel is the perfect choice.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Lobby

Here are the facts

  • 192 rooms and suites
  • 1 restaurant und 1 bar
  • A spa including gym area
  • 10 event rooms
  • 24/7 reception with water, tea or coffee station, snacks and sweets
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking garage with direct access to the hotel

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Lobby

Vor dem Leonardo Hotel Mannheim

 

The room

I was given two days in a beautiful suite on the second floor. I particularly liked the fact that there was a walk-through room to the bathroom that was practically a walk-in closet. Sadly, I could only enjoy the bathtub standing up, as there was no time for a real bath. The size of the room was also very pleasing, as it was ideal for two people to work here (my father is also self-employed).

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Suite

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Suite

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

 

Auch die einfachen Zimmer habe ich mir angesehen. Sie sind zwar deutlich kleiner, aber durch stilvolle Akzente mit Bildern und Lichtern nicht minder gemütlich gestaltet.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Zimmer

Gym and Spa

Unfortunately I didn’t have time for a training session either. But yes, there is a gym waiting in the basement with the usual machines and equipment.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Fitnessstudio

Daneben wartet ein angenehm warmer Ruheraum und eine kleine Sauna darauf, dass du hier ein wenig Entspannung findest.

Restaurant and Bar

Next to it, a pleasantly warm rest room and a small sauna are waiting for you to unwind a little.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

Leonardo Hotel Mannheim – Restaurant Vitruv

You can make yourself comfortable at the bar or in the Lounge Leo for a delicious cocktail or aperitif.

 

Conference and Event Rooms

The event rooms offer space for up to 700 people and are fully equipped. The hallways and the inner courtyard can be used for coffee breaks if the temperature is appropriate. Open-air events are also possible here.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Konferenzraum

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – Kaffeepausentisch

 

Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim – My conclusion

I spent two really great days at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim. The room was beautiful and really big with all the necessary equipment. All in all I can certainly report a successful stay.

If you also want to stay at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim you can visit their booking page here: www.leonardo-hotels.de or here at Booking*!

PS: I was invited by Leonardo Hotels to spend two nights with breakfast. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion is not biased by this cooperation.

PPS: All links with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links.

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The Vienna House Easy Berlin

The Vienna House Easy Berlin

The Vienna House Easy Berlin

This year, I went for the fourth time to ITB – the International Tourism Fair & Exhibition in Berlin. After testing the Vienna House Andel’s Berlin last year, it was now its little sister’s turn – the Vienna House Easy. I came directly from an event in Sweden to the German capital and after the two nights in the Vienna House Easy I did a House Sit in Berlin Mitte for two weeks.

Vienna House Easy Berlin – The Hotel

Adjacent to the hip Berlin district Friedrichshain, in the middle of the bustling Prenzlauer Berg, next to the Vienna House Andel’s the little sister of the hotel group awaits you: The Vienna House Easy Berlin. Here Viennese charm meets Berlin casualness. Bright colours, carpets with the course of the Berlin Wall, rooms full of history and personality characterize this charming hotel.

Check out the facts:
  • 154 rooms
  • Breakfast lounge
  • 24/7 deli, bar and a small shop
  • 3 conference rooms
  • Mobile concierge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parkinglot

The location of the hotel is not only perfect as a starting point for discovery tours in this part of the city, but also for Berlin’s classics. The tram stops just 100 meters from the entrance, so you’ll be wherever you want to go in no time.

 

Vienna House Easy Berlin – The Rooms

The rooms are brightly coloured and the furniture is the perfect mix of cosy, cool and comfortable. The beds are huge, so you can spread out wonderfully with all your belongings. The best way to open your laptop is on your desk. Otherwise the small armchair with the foot rest offers the possibility for relaxed working.

The cotton bag signals that you are committed to sustainability and that your room does not need to be cleaned. You just have to hang the bag on the door before midnight.

 

Vienna House Easy Berlin – Breakfast Lounge

In the style of a bakery, the breakfast lounge offers the opportunity to start the day in a healthy way and charged with energy.

Also here, bright colors will put a smile on your face. Since there is enough space, you don’t have to worry about not getting a place even during rush hours. If you like it particularly quiet, you should be there as early as possible though.

 

 

Vienna House Easy Berlin – Deli, Bar and Small Shop

Right next to the reception, there is a deli, a bar and a small shop. These offer snacks or something hearty for in betweenaround the clock. Whether a lemonade from Berlin or a longdrink from Long Island…. There is something for every taste.

Even if you want to work in a comfy environment, this is a good place: During my time at Vienna House Easy, I saw several people with laptops looking into their computers.

There is also an official coworking corner down here. If you want it a bit more official, you can rent one of the three conference rooms. There you can brainstorm as a team, hold press conferences or present new products. Just the way you like it. Meetings are made easy here

 

Vienna House Easy Berlin – Final Thoughts

I spent two great days at the Vienna House Easy Berlin. In the room, I felt very comfortable and enjoyed working on my laptop in a comfy armchair. The small shop was also available with tasty snacks when I came back late at night from the Kizomba party. And my personal, so far unmentioned highlight was that I could use the spa of the Vienna House Andel’s on the other side of the street. This pleasure is not included in the price of the overnight stay in the Easy, but it’s worth it if you have a hard day behind you.

With the right mixture of ‘getting-shit-done’ and relaxation everything runs more smoothly…. Don’t you think?

PS: I was invited by Vienna House to two nights with breakfast. The invitation was also for a treatment in the spa. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion is not influenced by this collaboration.

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Being able to travel and make a living in the process is a blessing I vowed to nurture. A blessing I vowed never to let go to waste. And so, from the sunny, honey-hued beaches of New Caledonia, all across Indochina and the Far East, I made my way to one of the cultural hubs of Europe – Germany.

This place is something truly special. I can’t say that I would make a permanent base here, simply because I’m more of a lay-on-the-beach with a margarita in my hand kind a gal, but I will say that my German escapade was an amazing experience, and definitely one of the best digital nomad destinations I’ve had the pleasure to visit. Without further ado, here’s my month-long adventure in Germany.

It all began in Berlin

Ah, Berlin. The party central of Europe, or so I’ve heard. Naturally, my adventure began with a gentle touchdown at Berlin Tegel Airport, from which I took a shuttle to the metro station. From the very first moment, I could tell that this place was a digital nomad wonderland.

Everyone and everything here is high-tech, even the centuries-old heritage buildings and the historic museums scattered around the city center – or Mitte, as it’s called. Although the city is rich with amazing hotels and hostels, I chose to book an Airbnb in the Kreuzberg district as a spur-of the moment decision. The next week was all about exploration, so if you want to follow in my footsteps, be sure to hit the Museum of Technology and the entire Museum Island. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the expansive Tiergarten – a huge part that’s home to the Berlin Zoo.

Dresden – a museum in the open

Germany is a big country, but I wouldn’t consider myself a traveler if I simply flew everywhere, so naturally, I rented a car (I felt obligated to choose an eco-vehicle in such a clean country), and headed south towards Dresden.

I must say, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer and unencumbered beauty of the setting I was driving into. Everything here is Old Town, every building is of historic significance, and every cobble-stoned street has a story to tell. Well, naturally I went to all the museums, and so should you, but I also spent my time wandering around, soaking in the magnificence of its architecture. Be sure to climb to the top of Frauenkirche for some spectacular views of the city.

Off to Munich!

Nope, I didn’t stick around for too long in Dresden, I figured that a couple of days were enough to experience most of its vibrant essence. And besides, Munich was the city I was most eager to visit, and spend most of my time in. For two whole weeks I planned to wander around this multicultural gem, and I was not disappointed in my decision.

Now, I feel it’s important that I mention that you need to come prepared when you’re staying this long in a European country. You will need to communicate with the outside world and it’s important to have a sim card in your phone or use a MiFi device in order to avoid outrageous charges and effectively assimilate yourself in the community. This is not only important for getting around Munich and Germany but the European Union in general.

Now that that’s out of the way, you can enjoy Munich for all it’s worth. I suggest finding a comfy working spot – this can be a pub or a coworking space, whichever you’re most comfortable with. I will say this, though, pubs in Munich are constantly bustling with cheer and excitement, so you might have a difficult time concentrating. I know I did.

For the most part, I worked in my Airbnb. As for sightseeing, you’ve got a long stroll ahead of you. Visit the Alte Pinakothek as well as the Naue Pinakothek, and then make your way to the Neues Rathaus. If you’re a nature lover like myself, then you’ll want to take an entire day to explore the expansive Englischer Garten Park.

Frankfurt and its unique modern feel

I could talk about Munich for hours and hours, but let’s wrap it up with my last destination of this grand escapade – the bustling modern city of Frankfurt. Home to the European Central Bank (so ugly you need to see it for yourself) and the birthplace of Goethe, Frankfurt is definitely a place that can appeal to all types of travelers.

It’s especially appealing to digital nomads, as they’re not only flocking to this technological gem of a city from around the world, but again, everything is so connected and futuristic here. Aesthetically, I prefer traditional architecture, but when we are talking about functionality, Frankfurt may very well be the digital nomad hub of Europe. You’re bound to have an amazing time here with some of the sharpest minds hailing from every industry, so don’t be afraid to seek them out at coworking spaces, nomad hubs, and of course, conferences and meetups.

 

A few parting words

Germany is a digital nomad wonderland. It’s definitely one of the most diverse cultural settings I’ve ever been in, and the architectural wonders I’ve laid my eyes on are something I’ll never forget. I encourage you to put Germany high on your travel bucket list, and even follow in my footsteps if you’re in search of some urban adventures.

About the Author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and adventure enthusiast who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She has always loved to travel, and she loves to talk about her experiences. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on several blogs.

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Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Two Nights in the Coolest Hotel of Germany’s Capital

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Two Nights in the Coolest Hotel of Germany’s Capital

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Two Nights in the Coolest Hotel of Germany’s Capital

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In March, I have been at ITB – the biggest International Tourism Fair in the world – in Berlin. Among other things, I talked to the contact person of Vienna House. They always wanted to invite me, but unfortunately, it never worked out. So I was spontaneously asked if I would like to test one of their hotels in Berlin. And only a week later, I checked in at the Vienna House Andel’s Berlin.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The Hotel

Vienna House Andel’s is a hotel of contrasts, which is so typical for the German capital Berlin: Design and lifestyle meet a cool party spot at lofty heights, an ingenious kitchen in the Michelin-starred restaurant as well as an exciting location for events and a retreat for those seeking peace, The design hotel has four stars and is located in the trendy district of Friedrichshain. Thanks to S-Bahn (which is a bit like the metro but over ground) and tram right outside the door, it is actually good and easy to reach from anywhere.

These are the facts at a glance:

  • 557 rooms and suites
  • A business lounge called a.lounge
  • 3 restaurants and 1 bar
  • A spa including a gym
  • 22 conference and meeting rooms
  • 15 spacious suites for meetings
  • Event area with 3,800 m²
  • 24/7 reception
  • Lounge for smokers
  • Mobile Concierge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Underground parking

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – My Room

I spent two days in a nice Deluxe Room on the eighth floor. I especially liked that it is equipped with shower and bathtub. In the comfy sitting area, I spent several hours working.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Das Zimmer

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Das Zimmer

I also loved the cotton bag that I could hang on the door to signal that I did not need new sheets and towels. A hotel that values sustainability is always to my taste!

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Nachhaltigkeit

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The a.lounge

The Business Lounge called a.lounge welcomes you with a homely atmosphere and snacks – if you have booked an Executive Room or higher, it’s free to use (otherwise it costs a daily rate). I went there several times to work in peace and to be able to enjoy the snacks.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – a-lounge

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – a-lounge

In the morning there is breakfast until 11 o’clock – if you have an Executive Room or a Suite and do not wish to eat in the large restaurant, you can do so in the a.lounge. Afterwards, there are snacks and in the evening soups for you.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – a-lounge

But above all, I liked the working atmosphere in the a.lounge. Several people sat here working at laptops. That’s how I like it. On the second floor is also the smoking area. While I was there, however, it was empty, so I could work there completely undisturbed on my online projects.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Arbeiten in der a-lounge

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Arbeiten in der a-lounge

If it is warmer during your stay, you can go to the terrace to work with a view, watch the TV tower, or experience a perfect sunset.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Terrasse

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The Spa

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Spa

The 550m2 spa is not only huge but also includes a great offer: here you will find a gym open 24/7, a wellness oasis with sauna and whirlpool, as well as a spa with massages and cosmetics with vegan natural products.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Fitnessstudio

I enjoyed a really relaxing foot massage.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Spa

Reservations must be made by phone at +49 30 453 053 2401. Massages and beauty treatments take place only with appointment.

 Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Spa

While the gym is open 24/7, the spa & wellness area has the following opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10am to 10pm
Sunday & public holidays 9am to 8pm

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Restaurant Delight

There is a rich and delicious selection for breakfast between 6:30 am and 10:30 am and on Sundays and public holidays even until 1 pm. You can order gluten-free and vegan options, otherwise you can simply enjoy the buffet. There is delicious muesli, bread and buns, eggs in all variations, and many, many fruits.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Restaurant Delight

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Restaurant Delight

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Restaurant Delight

For children, there is a separate buffet table.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Restaurant Delight

If you prefer to have breakfast in your room, the room service is only 5 euros extra. However, you should order it by 2am.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The Mavericks

Berlin meets Californian lifestyle!

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Mavericks

The restaurant Mavericks has its own entrance and is, therefore, perfect for walk-ins. Of course, there is an entrance at the hotel, too. Here it feels like you have been teleported to a restaurant on the coast of California. The decor has a cool look that combines natural elements such as shells and wood in a stylish way with brass and steel. You can’t help but look around and discover the many small details.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Mavericks

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Mavericks

The kitchen is like a colorful medley. American, Mexican and Pacific influences conjure a feast on every palate. The pumpkin ginger soup was especially delicious! And I LOVED – I know, it sounds weird! – the homemade bread! Served with a sweet-tart spread, the taste literally explodes when the bread touches your tongue with the various herbs.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Mavericks

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Mavericks

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The Skybar

Fabian Buhtz and his team welcome you at the coolest spot of all Berlin: the Skybar! Here, it’s all about Classy meets Berlin Style Cocktails. Good bar culture meets extraordinary mixology art. The contrasts of the interior and the delicious drinks create a very special atmosphere.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

On the 14th floor, at 65 meters, you can expect a fantastic panoramic view over the German capital – including the sunset over the TV tower, if you are there at the right time! So if you time your visit right and have a bit of luck with the weather, you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

If you get hungry at this lofty height, you can order snacks.

Pro tip: The food at the Mavericks and here is almost the same. Of course, it’s still delicious! Especially the fries (normal, garlic and sweet potato) are perfect for the small appetite.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – Skybar

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – The Skykitchen

The Skykitchen is an award-winning restaurant on the 12th floor of the Vienna House Andel’s Berlin. In addition to the Michelin star, the restaurant has also received other awards. Here you have to book well in advance. The waiting time for a free table can be up to three months.

Vienna House Andel’s Berlin – My Final Thoughts

I spent two amazing days at the Vienna House Andel’s Berlin. The room was nice, perfect in size with everything you need. Especially in the a.lounge, I could work in peace and snack all day. The massage in the spa was pure relaxation and the sunset from the sky bar my absolute highlight. All in all, I’m really happy that I had the chance to stay there for two days.

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PS: I have been invited by Vienna House for the two nights with breakfast. In addition, I got a treatment at the spa, a meal at the Mavericks and an evening in the Skybar. I haven’t received any financial compensation. My opinion is not influenced by this collaboration.

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Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Four Short Trips For The Colorful Season

Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Four Short Trips For The Colorful Season

Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Four Short Trips For The Colorful Season

Frankfurt is the heart of the region – that’s true! But there are so many more places around the Rhine Main Area that are worth putting on your bucket list. I checked out a few places during my last stay at home that I had hardly or never visited before.

 

 #1 What to do in Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Hessenpark

You are a history enthusiast and enjoy places where it feels like you’ve traveled through time? Then you should check out the Hessenpark!

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

The open air museum has several groups of buildings who represent the development of architecture and lifestyle. It shows houses between the 17th and the 20th century…

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

Normal houses, public institutions or churches are waiting for you. In a bakery, you can watch a woman baking bread as it was done centuries ago. Go for it if you want a bite! She had just finished walnut bread when I was there! It was delicious!

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Hessenpark

The colorful trees and leaves make a wonderful atmosphere that you should definitely experience if you have the chance.

 

#2 What to do in Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Bad Homburg

Bad Homburg is bordering Frankfurt in the north of the city. It is famous for its medically used thermal waters and spas.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

What I liked most was that there are huge parks in the heart of the city and a picturesque old town.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

The castle was built at the end of the 17th century after the original structure was demolished. Today, only the White Tower (a freestanding keep) that was seen as a sign of power, which is easily visible even from afar, is left and became the landmark of Bad Homburg. You can (and should) go up to the tower. Since it is not open, you have to pick up the key at the information desk. The view from the top is just wonderful – in all directions, you can even see the skyline of Frankfurt!

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

Don’t forget to have a stroll through the gardens of the castle. From there, you can see the impressive White Tower.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

If your feet are not hurting yet you should head to the Kurpark after that! The park is huge and if you like to gamble you will find the casino there.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Bad Homburg

#3 What to do in Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Saalburg

Like Hessenpark, Saalburg might be interesting for you, if you like history. It is a reconstructed Roman fort, through which you can immerse yourself in the life of a Roman soldier. The Saalburg is actually part of the Roman Limes – a wall to secure the borders.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Die Saalburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Die Saalburg

Until 1818, the former ruin was used as a quarry until somebody found out that the castle is from Roman times. It took them almost 70 years to start the reconstruction works. Together with the Saalburg Museum, which was also completed by 1907, Saalburg is the most important institution for Limes research.

It is estimated that the fort and the associated vicus – the settlement, so to speak – were home to up to 2,000 people, 500 of whom belonged to the military and 1,500 were civilians.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Saalburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Saalburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Saalburg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Saalburg

 

#4 What to do in Autumn in the Rhine Main Area – Feldberg

 

The Grosser Feldberg, which locals call only Feldberg (German for “Field Mountain”), is the highest peak of the Taunus with around 880 meters – and has always made me feel home. For some years of my childhood and youth, I lived there.

Therefore, I had already been planning for a while to get to know this area better! I went on the Feldberg to explore the trails. There are actually a few up there! From short loops of only two kilometers to day hikes of 16 kilometers you can do everything here!

Although in autumn it’s cold up there, it’s super nice! It almost looks like you’ve been beamed into a fairytale!

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Then, suddenly the fog disappeared, it cleared up, the sun came through the clouds and it was fantastic.

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

That’s how I like hiking in autumn!

And when you get to the top, you can even get out your kite! The Feldberg is a popular destination for that because it can get quite windy at this altitude. When I was little, I came here with my father and brother to lift a kite in the air that had an eagle painted on it. And the view is also breathtaking!

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Ausflugsziele im Herbst im Rhein-Main-Gebiet – Feldberg

Which of these autumn destinations in the Rhine-Main area would be the most appealing to you? Tell me about it in the comments!

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