Phantasialand Theme Park, Bruhl, Germany

You probably know by now that, in all our road trip holidays, we reserve a full day to a theme park. Phantasialand is a perfect one for a family like us. Big, colorful and full of activities.

Carousel

Carousel

Unfortunately, as usual, we could not wake up early in the morning and moreover our navigation had hard time to find the right way, due to some construction sites on the road. Therefore, it was nearly mid day when we got to the park. The queues of the rides had already started.

Phantasialand is the largest theme park in Germany and has 6 different themes inside: Phantasy, Deep in Africa, Berlin, Mexico, Mystery and China Town. Each one of them is as big as a small theme park. Each one has a variety of rides and attractions both for little children and one for teenagers. Each one has a variety of restaurants from fast food to a la carte. Simply, to try all the rides at least once, you have to allocate two full days. So we decided to skip the 6 teenager rides (named 6 dragons) with long queues and of course the rides for “little ones”.

Starting with China Town, we went trough each section. Some were perfectly good for us all, like Wellenflug, Tikal or Maus au Chocolat (Specialty of summer 2011) that they did not have much queue, so we did ride a couple of times. Some of them on the other hand were a totally waste of time, like Wakobato (an interactive water boat attraction), where we waited for more than half an hour and was a great disappointment.

 

20s' Berlin

20s’ Berlin

It was already around 7:00 pm, when we departed from the park, tired and hungry. We directly drove to Königswinter and found a very nice Italian restaurant, named Franco, with a few on street tables, where we had a happy ending for the day.

Next to come: Solingen and dormigen-zons.

Rheinhotel Scultz in Unkel-Germany

Arriving to Germany, getting our super car of 740, and after an afternoon in Köln we headed to our hotel in late afternoon that we were gonna stay for 5 nights. I chose to stay in Unkel because, it was in the middle of all the places we wanted to go. Our plan was to go to Phantasialand, Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Trier and some other small Rhein towns around. Unkel just fitted with all our expectations, with a 150 year old mansion hotel of Rheinhotel Shultz.

Entrance of the hotel

Entrance of the hotel

We were welcomed by a smiling staff who very quickly provided our keys. Passing trough long long corridors, some stairs and some elevators, there we were finally in our room. A typical 17th century building: high ceiling, tick walls, tall windows, old style decoration and a view of the river Rhein. Most importantly, a very convenient underground parking safe for our 740 BMW.

The main and in my problem, the only problem of staying in Unkel is, it is a very very small village, and other than the hotel restaurant itself, there are not many alternatives to eat. For the first evening we drove to Königswinter, which is a much larger town about 6 km. from Unkel, and had a very fine dinner in an Italian restaurant. The second evening we tried the restaurant of the hotel. A perfect view, perfect ambiance and perfect meals. Very good for a hotel like this. But the third evening, tired of travelling all day, we arrived to the hotel restaurant, very hungry and learned that it was closed due to an occasion (as far as I remember, some wedding). So upset, we found some weird wine bar around, where an old man was playing and singing 70s with no cheer at all and some old couples were dancing on the stage, half dead. So we had our meals with “I just called to say I love you” sounds and ran away as soon as we could.

 

Inner garden of the hotel

Inner garden of the hotel

What we did in the other days? Phantasiland and Rhein Town festivals soon to come