Mercure Duisburg hotel review

With 162 rooms and state of the art environment, Mercure Hotel is regarded as the top hotel in the city. The best part of the hotel is its restaurant and bar which has been rated high by its customers. There are several places of attraction located near to this hotel. The first and foremost is the Theatre Duisburg which has is a must visit place for every guest staying in the hotel. All the rooms of the hotel are wheelchair accessible which makes it a friendly place. Mercure Hotel is one of the very few hotels in the city which are pet-friendly. Essen and Dusseldorf and the major trade centers located nearby.

Two basic types of rooms which are offered here are non-smoking and family suites. Mercure Hotel connects its customers to the world by free, paid and high-speed Wi-Fi connections which are available 24/7. There are 5 conference rooms located here which can be used for business activities. As the city is known for its steel business so the conference rooms are always occupied to meet the needs of the businesses. The complete address of the hotel is Landfermannstr. 20, 47051 Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Novotel) and it is classified as 4-star hotel.

The interior of the room is awesome but it clearly shows that there is a room for improvement. The rooms are small yet well furnished. There is an overall feel of creativity which can be seen in the hallway. The lobby has also been furnished to attract the customers. Per night charges of standard room range from $62 to $153 and it does not include amenities offered. It is also known as Accor Hotel Duisburg City. Some optional rates are:

  • 18 EUR per person for breakfast
  • Self-parking: 14 EUR per day
  • Pet fee starts from 10 EUR per pet per night

Spielbank Duisburg Casino

Spielbank Duisburg is the casino which is located at a distance of 160 meters from Mercure Hotel Duisburg. It has every casino game which a player can think of. From blackjack to roulette there is every facility here. The casino has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 which shows how the customers are treated here. With 352 slot machines, this casino is one of the largest of the area. At it is at an arm’s length from the hotel so even the non-regular players staying at the hotel pay a visit for recreation and enjoyment. In a case you can’t visit this place, there is always online options for you – try to select something interesting at Svenskkasinon casino range.

Another important aspect of this place is the fact that mostly businessmen reside in city’s metropolitan area. The wealthy establishment has also brought a boom in the casino industry which is still on the move. Spielbank Casino is the largest in Ruhr and North Rhine-Westphalia which even makes it more important. Cell phones are not allowed here and slow casino music is heard as soon as the player sets foot here. Betting and odds are also offered during every important sports and political event. Spielbank Duisburg has been a center point of the city and has therefore maintained its position as a fair play place of the city.


Easter in Germany

When Easter is coming, Germans are making preparations for the holidays and they are wating the arrival of spring. We will tell you about Easter in Germany and how to find that “spring feeling”!

When it is time to celebrate Easter, in Germany there is no lack of festivals and traditions. You even might not think that some of them are well-known throughout the world. For example, the Easter Bunny was originally created in Germany. But almost nobody knows that he is a hare, not a rabbit! Despite the fact that Although the Easter Bunny was born in Germany many years ago, we know about him even today. He is known for hiding painted eggs and children (and not only them) have to find these surprises in the garden.

If you are going to spend the Easter weekend in Germany, you might be surprised by numerous fires that you will face! It’s a popular German tradition and everyone is welcome to join it, and it is even said that the flames drive away evil spirits. Easter bonfires are lit throughout the country. Also there are a lot of Easter markets for those, who is obsessed with shopping. They take place throughout the country, and you can discover regional handicrafts and taste local delicacies.

Spring Fever in Germany

Those who have visited the Europe in spring, hav to know that the cities here features flowering trees. Spring in Germany is special and the climate here is also unusual. Everything has awakened – you can hear birds singing, you can enjoy blooming flowers and be inspired because spring is really coming. You begin to feel better and you are fine and full of energy. You have the opportunity to walk along the Elbe river or to take a cycling tour instead, but don’t forget to stop at Mainau island, that is called the ‘Blumeninsel’ (‘flowering island’) due to its beautiful nature and stunning landscapes.

Also you can enjoy flower festivals and regional garden shows. You have the opportunity to visit such places as town of Apolda or Bad Lippspringe which are hosting regional garden shows. You should visit these magnificent places while they’re blooming! Don’t miss it! Let’s watch a short video about Easter traditions and customs that takes place in Germany.



The art of slow travel

If you are constantly stressed out, slow travel is perfect for you. We will explain you how this can work for your trip to Germany and give you some tipps. Germany has everything you need for your slow trip. So, the one thing you need is to follow our tips and the principles below.

A quick guide to slow travel

Why a lot of people prefer to travel by plane? The journey is the goal, so you can go be the train instead and enjoy the magnificent views and stunning lanscapes. Or even try to travel by bike or on foot! If you do some stops, you will have a really great experience discovering different interesting things. If you travel by plane or by car you can miss them. In Germany there are a lot of forms of travel, such as a mountain walk, a cycle tour or a train ride.

As we know, a holiday can’t exist without good food. Germany has a wide range of food. Slow travel gives the opportunity to try regional and traditional food. If you’re travelling in northern Germany you should try a fish roll, and if you’re in Bavaria a weisswurst sausage is a must.

Also you can visit one of the regional events. But don’t forget to relax. In Germany it is easy due to a wide range of wellness, spa and recreational facilities.

Are you ready to plan your next slow trip? It will be an unforgettable experience.



International Tourist Guide Day in Germany

Annually many cities in the world – especially those that are centers of tourism – celebrate International Tourist Guide Day. It was created to draw attention of the general public to the important and significant work of guides. This year it will take place in Germany once again. It means that you will have the opportunity to join guided tours throughout the country for free. It will be on 18 and 19 February. It is difficult to say when this profession appeared, but it is obvious that it is connected with the development of international relations. Since people began to travel, visit different countries, it became difficult for them to do it without the help of professional guides. It should also be noted that the work of the guide is very important in the development of tourism in the country, because an interesting and fascinating excursion will leave guests only positive impressions and tourists will want to visit the county again. During International Tourist Guide Day various conferences are usually held. People are gathering and discussing problems and prospects for the development of tourism.

Since 1990 International Tourist Guide Day has been celebrated all over the world, and since 1999 it has been celebrated in Germany. The theme of the event is another each year. The main aim is to offer free guided tours to show the job of tour guides, and their professionalism and skills.

This year’s event related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and its motto is ‘Reform – time for a change’. Besides being related to faith and the Church, it relates to the other areas such as architecture, art, politics and society, which are explored during guided tours.

You can go on guided tours and visit churches,  museums throughout Germany. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!


65th annual New Year’s Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch Classic, that is considered to be the largest ski resort in Germany, is a good place for winter activities. And its international New Year’s Ski Jump must be one of the most stunning things to see this year! Germany’s largest ski resort is a true paradise for winter sports fans. On 1 January 2017 the international ski jumping elite will convene for the 65th time at this qualifying event for the Ski Jumping World Cup. Even if you’re still a little tired after celebrating New Year, the excitement of the jump will wake you up.

A paradise for winter sports fans

Depending on your experience, you can choose the winter activities: ski or snowboard. Here you can enjoy the famous Kandahar slope, that has the highest difficulty level. Admire the panoramic views of four countries from Mount Zugspitze.

Down in the valley

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous around the world as the venue for several winter sports competitions. And if you want to explore traditional Bavaria, then the district of Partenkirchen and the region beyond the Loisach river will be right up your street.

Our tip: the region surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen is well worth visiting at any time of year and offers interesting events not only in winter. Have fun!



2017 Michelin Guide – new entries and old favourites

The 2017 Michelin Guide to Germany is here at last. As in previous years, the gourmet guide investigates the restaurants of Germany very carefully. And there are new stars to explore in the culinary world.

Michelin Guide – essential reading for the discerning diner

The fine-dining restaurants of Germany are considered to be some of the best in the world nowadays. Eating out is a cultural adventure here because of creative synthesis of traditional and modern food and the innovative mastery of gifted chefs. Every year the Michelin Restaurant Guide publishes a list of restaurants awarded between one and three stars on the basis strict criteria. In the latest edition for Germany, many noticeable establishments saved their stars.

New back-to-basics concepts

Gourmet food is not just about luxury ingredients. The newbie Einsunternull in Berlin can impress you with its “pared-down, seasonal and creative dishes”, for which it was awarded its first ever star. Daily regional ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces here. Other Berlin restaurants can also blind by their no-nonsense cuisine.

This year some tough competition from the Rhineland and from Munich took place in the culinary capital Berlin. Bavaria’s main city can boasts a total of five fine-dining temples – more than ever before. Situated in a quiet Munich side street, Geisels Werneckhof was awarded its second star.

Gourmet food for travellers on a budget

Chefs Tim Raue in Berlin and Kevin Fehling in Hamburg held on to their two- and three-star ratings this year. Their restaurants are among many in Germany where you can enjoy a high-quality dining experience. But Germany also has some great places to eat for people on a budget. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Bib Gourmand list, Michelin published a restaurant guide, in which you can find restaurants that can be recognised for their value for money.



New Year’s Eve 2016 in Germany

We let you know about how to spend New Year’s Eve in Germany. It doesn’t matter indoors or outdoors – a range of events for everyone guarantee an unforgettable time. The major New Year’s Eve party will take place at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. This unique event attracts about one million people per year. Several live bands and DJs  invite you to party into the New Year. All is for free. The night sky over Berlin will be lighted up by fireworks.

Memorable highlights at Germany’s coast

The coastal resort of Warnemünde offers water temperatures of three to four degrees during its traditional New Year’s Eve swim on 31 December and the New Year’s Day swim on 1 January 2017. Don’t miss Turmleuchten event at the Teepot restaurant,which is one of the biggest Warnemünde’s hotspots in Germany, which features a spectacular light and laser show, a fireworks display and plenty of live music.

Celebrating with international artists

The Tollwood Festival  has been a New Year’s highlight in Munich for 25 years. Wave goodbye to the old year with DJ sets and live performances on various stages.

Cosy New Year’s moments in the mountains

The winter sport resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is welcoming you with its perfect mountain views. You shouldn’t miss the traditional torch relays organised by the local skiing schools, where skiers perform, showing up their unbelievable skills.



Festive cheer at Germany’s Christmas markets

As winter come closer, a sense of foretaste fills the air through Germany. Candlelight, classic yuletide treats, and the longtime tradition of the Christmas markets make it the most exciting time of the year.

The tradition of the Christmas market in Germany goes back to the Middle Ages. Among the oldest and the most prominent markets are the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, the Dresden Striezelmarkt and the Christkindlmarkt in Munich.

In November, more than 2,500 Christmas markets will inspire people, filling the air with the admirable aroma of cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread and roasted almonds. The attractively decorated stands will be offering special food and drink such as mulled wine and lebkuchen.

The Christmas market in the Ruhr city of Dortmund has the tallest Christmas tree in the world. Cologne’s Christmas market is famous because of the range of food and drink.

But it is not nessesary for Christmas market to be big to be attractive. One of the most charming Christmas markets is the Advent in the Courtyards (Advent in den Höfen) in Quedlinburg, a town that dates back 1,000 years.

So come and explore the wide range of Christmas markets in Germany.




Stunning pictures show famous Berlin buildings illuminated for the Festival of Lights

Several wonderful pictures, wgich show well-known Berlin landmarks lit up in numerous bright colours have been released during Festival of Lights.

Nowodays the Festival of Lights can boast an impressive diversity of light installations. This year, the range consists of colourful designs that are forecast onto landmarks all over the city such as the Berlin Cathedral, the Faculty of Law building of the Humboldt University and the Brandenburg Gate.

The festival held for ten nights under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller, and featured a range of artists who told interesting stories, shared amazing art and staged pieces that lit up streets, squares and landmarks all over Berlin. Enty to all of the installations was free, the festival included a LightSeeing tour program, offering adventure tours by bus, boat, Segway and foot.

Over the past ten years, the event has become even more popular and has been developing into the main tourist attraction. In 2015 the Festival of Lights attracted over two million festival visitors from all over the world.



Hit the most popular trails and see fall colours at their best

Walk among colourful trees, enjoy the wonderful sunlight and the pleasant temperatures. You can learn more about Germany’s mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, there’s something for everyone here. A lot of walking trails in Germany feature sections to suit anyone from beginner to seasoned mountaineer, and are perfect for day trips, weekend breaks or a holiday. Not only do they take you through some stunning natural landscapes, but there are also many cultural highlights to be discovered during the trip.

Enjoy the colours of fall

The Eifel region can boasts a great colourful views at this season, ready for you to admire nature in all its fall magnificence. Sandstone rocks, lakes, waterfalls and forests define the landscape, and the many historical villages will charm you.

Up into the mountains

The views from the summit of Germany’s oldest long-distance trail attract many visitors. The fresh air, innumerable streams and cultural highlights such as Wartburg Castle in Eisenach make walking the route a good reason to remember the trip.

Walking along lakes and rivers

The circular walk around Edersee Lake will take you through 27 kilometres of innocent nature, but if you want to take a short cut, you can cross the lake by ferry or boat. The 365-kilometre route along the Moselle river is surely worth a trip. In 2016 readers of Wandermagazin voted the Moselsteig Trail, which comprises 2,000 years of history with great landscape and an unprecedented winemaking tradition, the most beautiful trail in Germany.

A different kind of trekking adventure is waiting for you during a walk along the Saar-Hunsrück Trail in the Saar-Hunsrück National Park. Through valleys and forests you will reach the Saar Bow. Here, near the popular Cloef observation point, the recently opened treetop trail makes its way through the forest at a height of 23 metres, giving you the opportunity to admire the stunning fall landscape from an absolutely new perspective.