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You do need an emission sticker for the inner parts of both cities. Here are links to maps showing the zone for Düsseldorf and Cologne (Köln) to see if your destination is part of the zone. If these links become invalid, just use Google's picture search for "Umweltzone [name of city]" and you should get decent results. First I'd ask the car rental company ...


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If it is an online ticket from bahn.de you have to print it out and prove your identity, but you do not have to validate it before your journey. I took a look on my last ticket and there are explanations on page two. One of them is: Die Fahrkarte muss ausgedruckt vorliegen und gilt nur zusammen mit einem Personalausweis, Reisepass, elektronischen ...


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Megabus does Cologne to Bristol. £27 each way, takes 14 to 18 hours, change at London Victoria. Tickets for December don't seem to be available yet. NB: KLM will fly you via Amsterdam for £117 return, according to skyscanner, which looks like a better deal to me because it only takes 3.5 hours including the 1 change, so the round-trip difference between ...


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There is a bike rental at the Hauptbahnhof which offers rental of wheelchairs (although they don't specify, so I guess it's the non-electric ones), handbikes and electric scooters. There are some details including pictures and prices for the electric scooters on the website of the city of Cologne. The price is 10 € for 3 hours or 20 € per day plus a deposit ...


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The Hansaring station is about 10 minutes' walk from the conference building. (The KVB planner counts 14min, which is highly pessimistic, the distance is only 700m.) From that station, line S13 (see the network map) gets you to the airport station in 17min; you can see the times on the trip planner. The S13 trains call at Hansaring at :18, :38 and :58. For a ...


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If it has to be simultaneously cheap and time-saving, it will be hard to beat the plane. You may consider a trip by bus. It takes roughly 10 hours and is probably cheaper than the plane if you plan on a short notice. See e.g. here: https://www.busradar.com/ 10 hours is also the duration of a day-time train, via Berlin. There are combined train/bus routes, ...


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Do you know about Mitfahrergelegenheit (Carpool)? Though it's more than just carpooling, it includes buses and trains. This website is a good start. From my experience and experiences of others, it's mostly safe and you also get to meet new people.


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The fastest option is to take an ICE train to Nuremberg and travel onward by bus from there. Total travel time is around 7.5 hours. The ICE trains as well as most buses between Nuremberg and Prague are sold through Bahn.de, if you book well in advance you can get tickets for around €40, buying on departure at the station can cost upwards of €150. There is ...


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You should be able to get there for £23 or less by bus. As the different bus companies release tickets for booking they'll get cheaper, I work on Busbud where we've done some investigation into how far in advance to book to get the absolute cheapest bus tickets, you may want to wait until a month or two in advance to book if you aren't seeing a super good ...


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A very quick search for "VRS Anschluss Ticket" reveals the official page (by VRS), where it is stated that for VRS-AnschlussTicket and EinfachWeiterTicket that additional persons travelling on the pass holder's pass have to get their own ticket. For example for the VRS-AnschlussTicket: Achtung: AnschlussTickets gelten nur in Verbindung mit VRS-...


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The VRS Pocket Guide (PDF) has all the info you need in a very accessible format. I've copied the fare segment here: The weekly ticket (which always starts on Monday!) can be very cost effective if your travel matches it. To figure out which type of ticket you need (1-7) you can input your trip in this journey planner: http://auskunft.kvb-koeln.de/kvb/cgi?...


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Expedia actually has tours on their site, occasionally. In this instance, it appears as though they have one for Cologne. However, it's only on Fridays, and the English one is at 4.30pm, and runs for 1.5 hours.


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I found Köln-Turismus company and wrote them. They gave me +49 0221 949755 - 0 and the E-mail Adress is info@stortz-koeln.de I'll write them - but did anybody hear about them? Manager from disabledaccessholidays.com said that, fortunately, they can provide an electric wheelchair in Köln, too. His colleague trying to organize a transfer. If it will be ...


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I ultimately found one walking tour in the region, in Bonn to be specific. The website is here. As the details are buried in a PDF I'll quote them here. Bonn - Roman Settlement, Baroque Residence and Beethoven City Discover Bonn´s numerous sights on a walking tour through the historical city centre The historical centre of Bonn offers an ...


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Have a look at the offical website for Tourism in Cologne. They have many offers: http://www.cologne-tourism.com/guided-tours.html


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You have got some good answers already but if you want to explore what's possible with the train, one nifty tool is the DB “Sparpreis finder”. It's basically another interface to their booking engine but instead of specifying a time and seeing a handful of detailed connections ordered chronologically, you can specify a date and see all connections ordered by ...


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Congratulations. You just found out the disadvantage of splitting up the public transportation by regional transportation authorities, namely, that travel between such regions is more complicated. Thus, without going too much into detail, the answer to your question is a clear: it depends. Generally, in order to travel between VRR and VRS, you need tickets ...


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There is a slight confusion in the question that I intend to clear up: I heard that, in German cities, train tickets need to be validated in a machine; will I be required to do this for an online ticket? If yes, where can I validate. This statement is only (generally) true for tickets bought at a ticket machine or a bus driver that are valid only within ...


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eat-the-world.com offers guided tours with food stops. The english one is only on Fridays. If you decide to visit Bonn you can join a Bonn for Beginners Guided Tour. Another interesting option is to visit the former German Bundestag in Bonn. There are guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However it's not a walking tour.


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As a German, I can't remember seeing such postcards anywhere, though I haven't been to Cologne (except for changing trains). I'm pretty sure it's not meant politically - a tourist shop is surely the last place that would do anything meant to offend tourists (and an unlikely place for a nationalist to own or work at). But it is certainly true that the ...


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Dont forget the Freewalk Cologne walking tour.


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Based on your other question, I guess you want to travel from Köln Airport to Maastricht station. Taking the train from Köln Airport to Aachen will cost you €16,80 (bahn.de), and then from Aachen you can take the bus 50 to Maastricht for €5,50 (Veolia Limburg). Bus 50 leaves just outside the station, timetables can be found on 9292. A cheaper option might ...


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It depends on what type of service it is. For local services such as the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn, ticket validation machines are typically located at the station. These machines will stamp the time the ticket is validated, as tickets generally allow for unlimited travel for a defined region and period (e.g. 2 hours) after validation. For intercity tickets, ...


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I will use the http://disabledaccessholidays.com company I specified above, to hire wheelchair and car transfer. I communicated with them. They can help not only in Berlin and München, but in Köln, too. Hope this question can be useful for someone who will find it here. Thanks.


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No need to fly, but if you are short on time it might be helpful. From Cologne you can take a train to Copenhagen, it takes about 9 hours during the day, with just one change. I guess there will be buses as well, likely overnight ones, as that is what I remember from older timetables. But the overnight (no change) train is no longer on the schedule. From ...


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you can get day-passes (called "TagesTicket") if you know you need to take the trains regulary on that day. They cost 8.50 for 1 person or 12.90 for 5 persons in the area of cologne, for the other variants check out their site (https://www.vrsinfo.de/tickets/preisliste.html)


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Most likely by bus but you will need to make a booking and compare several different companies at the time you are ready to book. As usual 'cheapest' depends on a lot of things which makes it hard to give a detailed answer. If you book three months (or more) in advance you can get much better prices for flights and for trains than when you are nearer the ...


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Going from Cologne (Koln) to Maastricht is possible at 3 AM. Please check this site for the options: http://www.nshispeed.nl/en This is the train site for international transport From any country to Holland.


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You can rent wheelchairs, scooters and walkers in many cities in Germany on: https://meinhilfsmittel.de/en (Note: I am one of the developers of the site, if you have any question feel free to ask :)


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There was a bombing campaign by the RAF only 4 days before the city was captured by the American forces. Perhaps it is to act as a reminder to some of the needless operations against the civilian population right at the end of the war when the outcome was fairly certain.


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