Ron is on his travels again, off to the German Christmas markets, and to do a lot of shopping – it’s a bit early to stock up for Brexit, Ron! As usual, he’s sent back a record of his trip. So today it’s some railway pictures; next post will be pure tourism!
Good journey out. Train journey from Purley to Cologne took 6hr 15min allowing for time differential. Hung around station for a bit and got a 48 hour travelcard and arrived at hotel around 1.15 but could not check in until after 3. Therefore left my bag there and came back to Neumarkt Xmas market where I had to have a crepe and a gluhwein. Then walked back through shopping area to Hauptbahnhof for tram out to hotel. Sorting my bag out in room before going back into town for trip to Bonn Xmas market so look out for late emails tonight.
Tram at stop a minute away from the hotel.
Christmas decorations inside Cologne Hbf
As earlier advised I went to Bonn and on my return took a walk through 2 of the biggest Xmas markets in Cologne. Unfortunately for some of you the majority of the pictures are non transport related.
I’ll post those next time! Outside the hotel the tram tunnel under Cologne.
A pay to use model railway at Koln Hbf. (Don’t let Mr Apps see this – he might have ideas for club running nights….)
Cologne trams at Neumarkt
A cold but dry start to the day so did a round trip to Dusseldorf but couldn’t find any large Xmas markets. Found stalls selling gluhwein by an ice rink but their prices were €1 dearer than the Cologne prices. However found a gluhwein stall outside Hbf and had my first one of the day at €1 cheaper than in Cologne. Walked into station to find Cologne Hbf train was running 30 late but my luck was in as I managed to catch a 15 late to Cologne Meße/Deutz where I literally fell into a train over the Hollenzollenbrucke to the Hbf. Whilst there I took the opportunity to reserve a seat on 1145 ICE tomorrow to Brussels which will give me almost 3 hours so will be revisiting there. If I Can get wifi connection at station or on train you should receive photos from there. Then went to Hafen Xmas market but it was a lot down and made my way back to hotel. Currently fly texting in my room before going out to do 3 more Cologne markets and revisit the one I had a quick I look round yesterday so keep an eye on your in boxes.
Graffitied train at Cologne.
Local transport in Dusseldorf.
Advertising Cologne tram at Heumarkt [Note the grass centred track – good prototype?]
Rudolphplatz tram stop. Xmas market is behind the buildings to the left.
A very wet morning in Cologne. Spending a couple of hours gricing on Koln Hbf before returning to hotel to pick up my holdall before catching my trains to Brussels. It looks like DB are having major computer problems with the ICE3s as most of them are advised as reservations are not showing. Will have to be back here in plenty of time for my train to claim my reserved seat.
If I had sat any further up platform would be very wet as rain is blowing in from across the Rhine.
More shots from Koln hbf. It is now very cold sitting on platform so off to get a hot drink to warm myself up.
Sorry no pictures from Brussels as my tablet on which I take pictures was pickpocketed whilst getting off train in Brussels. I am ok and have a police report to enable me to claim on my travel insurance. Ron
Market and tourism photographs next time!