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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2013
Toll road in NRW  (3 Answers)

i will drive in NRW in Mar 2013

is there is a lot to Toll roads there , i am renting a car
how it works with rented cars , how much?
are they avoidable?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2012
GPS and driving first time in Germany  (14 Answers)

I am an English speaker only ,landing in Dusseldorf in March 2013, never been to Germany before

I am planning to use Google Navigation GPS App on my android to drive a car to my destinations

1-Is that sufficient to navigate easily? anybody tried Google navigation in Germany before?
2-Do i need to do/use other GPS sogtware?
3-Is the road signs in Germany in english or german or both?
4-If i lost my way , i am planning to call a taxi to guide me through .... any other option? is that feasible? what is the taxi company number?

Thanks for any help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2012
chepeast way to rent a car in Dusseldorf  (5 Answers)

i will land in Dusseldorf 23-Mar-2013
i need to rent a car for 1 week

i don't mind old car
what is the chepeast way to rent a car in Dusseldorf?
do i need to rent in advance?
any cheap web site you have ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2010
Travel between Dusseldorf & Kasteeltuinen Arcen Netherlands.  (3 Answers)

Can anyone help me work out how to get from Dusseldorf International Airport to Kasteeltuinen Arcen in the Netherlands.

We are four pensioners who wish to go by train or coach. Is there a website I can look into.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2009
Train Reservations  (4 Answers)

I am slightly unsure about using the rail system despite reading quite a few forums. My friend and I plan to travel with the Germany Twin Pass,
1)from Koln to Freiburg, spend a day there, then to
2)Rudesheim am Rhein,for a day and a half and from there to take a
3)KD cruise boat to somewhere - maybe Koblenz or Braubach ?
4)And then again a train back to Koln..

In this case, do we need still need to make reservations for all the train rides? Some train rides when searched, have a "R" symbol beside them, along with the "ICE" and "IC" indicators. Also, on the website, when making reservations, is it correct to say we can select any second class, and simply choose "reservation only"?

Many thanks for the help, the website is relatively comprehensive, but still slightly confusing...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2009
Duisburg, DB tickets...  (2 Answers)

Thanks to Kathrin_E, RhineRoll and Bernd_L who answered my previous posting about Weeze, Kleve and Xanten.

I now know that the reason I can't find accommodation in and around Weeze on Saturday 28th March is because of the Fisherman's Friend Strongman Run ("18 Km PLUS obstacles" it says on the website. Sounds like my idea of self-inflicted torture, but good luck to anyone who is taking part!)

I have now had some correspondence with the Tourist Office in Duisburg, who were SO helpful and sent me SO MANY free brochures, that I that I felt obliged to book a room there.

I like trains (to cite the name of a band who are currently on tour in Germany) - so I plan spending Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th travelling in various directions between Weeze, Duisburg, and Xanten (and perhaps a few other places) on DB (and within Duisburg itself).

Question: Am I correct to think that the most economical way to get 'unlimited' travel on Saturday and Sunday is with two "SchönerTagTicket Nordrhein-Westfalen Single" tickets, one for each day?

Question (for anyone in Duisburg): What is the best way to get to the Landschaftspark by public transport?

Question: I've chosen a weekend of World Cup Qualifiers. Can anyone recommend a (sports) bar in Duisburg, where I can watch the football games on Saturday Germany vs (The Mighty?!) Liechtenstein, plus highlights of Netherlands vs Scotland and the other matches).

I also like fish and seafood. Question: Am I right to assume that there may be some decent seafood restaurants in Duisburg? (I was unaware of the size of Duisburg's Italian community, until I did some web searches. I now know there are loads of Pizzerias there - so I wouldn't starve in any case!)

If anyone in Duisburg wishes suggest anything especially interesting that I should visit whilst I am there, please feel free to do so...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2008
Travel advise to Wesel (Nordrhein-Westfalen )....  (10 Answers)

my travel plan for Europe is as follows,
-Reach Paris (by air from Pakistan) in end oct 2008 and spend 2 days for tourism, then move by train (Thalys) to Amsterdam (Holland).
-Reach Amsterdam (by train from Paris) and spend 3 days for tourism, then may be fly back to home from Amsterdam or from Paris (still to decide)...

in the mean time my close friend from Germany invited me to visit him, so i am the first timer as Europe visitor and do not know how to plan my travel route.

My friend lived in Wesel and his address is,
Am Nordglacies9
46483 Wesel, Germany.

any body help me,
-for making my travel plan so that i could visit Paris (France), Amsterdam (Holland) and Wesel (Germany)...
-i am a budgeted traveller and no issue by train, by buss..

thanks and wish you the best......Tabrez

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2008
Hilfe dringend gebraucht!!!!  (3 Answers)

hallo, wir haben ein teppich ersteigert und haben nun ein riesenproblem. wir dachten, dass es sich um ein anderes oberhausen in bayern handelt. Tatsächlich ist es (46147 oberhausen) . wir wollten den teppich selbst abholen aber es ist uns nicht möglich den langen weg von unterfranken zu machen. kennt jemand eine firma oder privat person der das für uns erledigen könnte. vielleicht könnte jemand von dieser gegend um oberhausen den teppich zur post bringen gegen bezahlung?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2008
Mönchengladbacher Museum  (1 Answer)

In need of help once again.
Does anyone know anything about the Mönchengladbacher Museum? Is it a new museum? This article appeared in today's Cologne newspaper. Unfortunately my German is not very good.

Thanks VTers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2008
Any tips for events or destinations for a family visiting Apr 24 - Apr 30?  (5 Answers)

Later this month we will be travelling to Holland and staying in Nijmegen for a week. The family consists of ourselves (two adults and a girl, 16 and a boy 13) and my parents. We will have a rental car. Since Germany is just across the border, can anyone recommend some events in that last week of April? I've looked at many VT pages and have in mind to visit Xanten, for example. Perhaps we will travel as far south as Monschau and Trier, but not for sure yet.

Can anyone advise us on the pool facility called GochNess in Goch? Their website has no English translation but it seems there will be a Maybaumfest event there... is this worth attending? Will we need reservations for it? Are there any other Maybaumfests in the area (but still in the month of April)?

Also, my parents will be flying out of DUS the morning of May 1 and we want to drop them off at a train station that will take them directly to the airport. I've found a direct train using from Wesel to DUS. Is it recommended that I purchase tickets online for them in advance, or will they be able to take a 07:00 train by purchasing in person at the counter (will this train be sold out? or will the price increase?) Does the Wesel train station have parking so we can make sure they're okay before leaving?

By the way my parents speak Hollandse... this may help...

I will post in the Netherlands forum as well...

Thank you in advance for your ideas!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2008
frankfurt to detmold.  (3 Answers)

What is the best way to travel to detmold from frankfurt? Is it by rail, hire car or catching a connecting flight to hamburg. What is the distance from frankfurt to detmold is approx 268km? I am taking my father home after 50 years of being away.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2007
Cheap and nice Hotel in Münster please!!!

I am going with 3 friends to the Chrsitmas Market in Münster at the end of November. Can somebody recommend a nice and cheap hotel there? I would appreciate your help very much! Thankx in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2007
what is the best route to have a nice walk over the christmas market in Munster  (3 Answers)

If I look at the site of the christmas market in Munster It looks as if it is far apart. I cannot walk far distances and i am in the company of a 5 year old child. Could anyone indicate me the best way to walk..txs

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2007
Lederhosen  (2 Answers)

Hello I'm staying in Germany till januar in the near of Aachen. i was wondering if anybody knows a place to find cheep lederhosen or what a good price is i tried some on the other day but they cost 200 euro. i love the way they look and cannot leave germany without a pair any help would be great.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2007
recklinghausen  (1 Answer)

Hi....we are two english ladies who will be visiting recklinghausen. can you tell us where to go for the best pubs and discos. any other information about the area would be great...thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2007


We have decided to go to simmeraht for 3 days. It seems the rurhsee is a nice place to be. As we have a 3 years old son, I'd like to know if somebody can tell me what to do with him. Are there some musea or other places especially appropriated for children ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2007
Dortmund / Gelsenkirchen Football transport  (2 Answers)


I will be in Dortmund Feb 17th for the BVB vs Gladbach match.

Firstly, I am told that getting tickets on the day will be no problem as BVB are not selling out this season, should I risk waiting for the matchday, as in England its hard for me to get tickets otherwise?

Secondly, we plan to do a tour of Schalkes stadium in the morning before the BVB game - is it near enough to get there, tour and back before the BVB game? What Fare zone will I need on the local transport, Zone A or far enough for zone B?

Many Thanks :D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2006
Public transportation in Nordrhein-Westfalen/Ruhr area  (1 Answer)

I am planning a trip to the region for a weekend in Feb/Mar 07 to catch a football match or two.

I plan to watch Dortmund plus another team in the region over a weekend (depending on bundesliga schedules) ie Fortuna Dusseldorf, MSV Duisberg, RW Essen, Bochum, Monchengladbach etc. I am wondering what the train system is like in this region and would it be easy to travel to any town in the region over the weekend to watch the matches.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2006

Please can you help?? My boyfriend and I are looking for a quick getaway this weekend. We will be driving from Amsterdam to nordrhein westfalen. We are looking for somewhere beautiful to stay in the countryside. Lots of cycling and walks! Can anyone recommend a good area to go. We have never been there before and at the moment I am just in the dark!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2006
Windeck - things to see  (6 Answers)

I'm invited to a wedding in Windeck, but the bride to be is far too busy organising for the family to come from Sweden (and to just be nervous...) to reply to my questions on what there is to see in those hills. As I'm coming all the way from Sweden, I thought I'd take some extra days to see the region and should I then just hit more Rhine towns this time or ARE THERE interesting Windeck sights? What about Sieger? All I've been to around there is Königswinter which was a bit of a letdown. I know there is a fortress somewhere which the Swedes invaded during the Thirty Years War, but what else? Nature, history, child friendly things...

Oh, and reachable by public transport please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2006
Eifel Tour (not Tower) Advice  (1 Answer)

I am a doddering octogenarian. My wife and I are addicted site-SEE-ers. We have traded a time-share for 2 weeks in May located at the edge of Gemuend (conjoined Schleiden-Gemuend, Nordrhein-Westfalen) on the SE edge of the Eifel National Park. We will be driven and cared for by two offspring who are minimally travelled. We are planning day trips to each area of the German Moselle, Aachen and Koeln. What should we definitely NOT miss? Any other advice would also be appreciated. Ony a few enthusiasts in VT have written about the area (and many towns are not even listed in the directory and place listings like Eifel is against company policy). It looks to me like Europe's (and Germany's)best kept secret.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2006

We are very fond of western classical music. How can one know about the different concerts which are to be held in this region of Germany ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2006
WLAN in Billerbeck?  (1 Answer)

Hello, I am a journalist covering the World Cup in Germany and will be staying in Billerbeck. As I am in need of high-speed Internet access during the WC06, I thought my best option is some WLAN hot spot, but the prices seem to be a bit high for some 4-6 hours daily usage.

Furthermore, there seems to be only one hotspot in Billerbek, in the Weissenburg hotel.

Any other options you might suggest?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2006
Recommendations for Cologne/Essen?

Hi guys,

I'll be spending a few days in Cologne+Essen from March 23-rd and it turns out I have one or two free days/evenings.
I'd like to hear whether someone can recommend something for the evenings in those cities or somewhere in the area - I am into theater and music mostly and i already going to see "Phantom of the opera" on one of the days :-)

Second question - Any good restaurants, not extremely expensive for a nice lunch or dinner in Cologne?

Thanx a lot,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2006
About roads  (4 Answers)

Hi ppl!

My question is simple. Does the motorway already exist between Bielefeld and Muenster? (Few years ago didnt)Wanna travel on this section in a few weeks.

Thanks for your help,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2005
Gelsenkirchen Hbf  (5 Answers)

Are there lockers for luggage at Gelsenkirchen Hbf? If yes, is there a large number of them or exists the risk of not getting one?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2005

Can anybody direct me to a budget/cheap hostel or bed and breakfast place around the city that is available during the World Cup.

It is for 4 single males.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2005
driving directions scenic routes from tecklenburg-goslar-osnabruck at christmas

Hello, we are pleased to go to Germany Goslar for a short Christmas visit.
We will be driving Zwolle - Tecklenburg (24dec) - Goslar-(26dec) Osnabruck.
As this is just a very short visit we would love to make the drive from Tecklenburg to Goslar and from Goslar to Osnabruck also as nice as possible.

Does anyone who lives in the area will be so kind to give us driving directions enabling us to make the drive a scenic route.
Or if there is a scenic route in this area point this out to us.
Thank you very much
I will also post this question on the Niedersachsen Forum

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2005
Tips for Muenster :)  (4 Answers)


we'll be going to muenster for about a month in June (hurray!) and we wanted to know what are the nice places to see in and around the city. We have a car for the entire month booked already so travel tips upto lumxemburg are welcome.
A few questions: can we get a cell phone/ sim card on rent easily? How much do they cost? Do they speak English/ French in those parts or will we face some language problems?

Any tips on the trip will be an added bonus. Thanks a bunch.....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2005
Fun trip somewhere  (2 Answers)

Any ideas where to go for a fun day trip within the VRR region?

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