Who goes to Remscheid ? That was what my friend, Efren and I kept on asking ourselves while getting lost in the middle of nowhere in a foreign land, half past midnight on a freezing temperature and lost in translation in our recent trip to Germany. Amidst this, of course, we are having the time of our lives. This is one of the most memorable part of my trip in Europe.
Our destination was to Cologne to see the world-famous Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria Cathedral, but the hotels in the area are almost booked and the cheapest hotel offer was €200. We are on a tight budget and to see as many places as possible, we have to thrift a little. After all, a bed and bath is all we need and we are fine.
We walked more than a kilometer on our backpacks after embarking on what seem like an endless array of several train transfers, trying to catch one after the other, all of it we almost missed, just to find the hotel we booked that offers the most affordable overnight accommodation, €116 for a night for 2 persons. But this experience was priceless. For whatever its worth, I wish to thank the kind locals who helped us, some of them go out of their way to help us understand names and terms to find our way.
Note to travelers to Europe, train schedules are strictly followed, punctuality is at its highest level. A toilet break or a coin stuck in a vendo machine could mean a lot 🙂
The quaint and quiet municipality of Remscheid in North-Rhine Westphalia Germany is not a typical tourist destination, it is a suburban, residential and industrial town founded in the 12th Century. It is about 70 kilometers from the Cathedral of Cologne.
The day after, we were here at the Solingen Train Station bound for Cologne. The Cologne Cathedral was breath-taking but our experience in Remscheid the night before took our breath away 🙂 Truly, a serendipity.
Now, who goes to Remscheid?