Hotel Mitte "Alte Susswarenfabrik"
Koblenzerstr. 20, Rheinbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, 53359, Germany
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Travel Tips for Rheinbach
Half-Timbered Houses In The Old Town
Many half-timbered houses in the old town have been restored. The plaster was removed from the facades so that the timber structure shows. The largest and prettiest of these houses can be found in Hauptstraße, Bachstraße, and Weiherstraße.
Keep your eyes open, though, in the side streets. You'll discover tiny cute houses everywhere...
SWIMMING: Monte Mare pool
The Monte Mare at the upper end of the Freizeitpark is a big swimming pool with indoor and outdor basins, a separate sports basin, a warmer kids' pool, a long winding water slide, a huge sauna complex and a big basin for scuba diving.
Like, it seems, all the pools of the "Mare" chain (which spread like mushrooms all over Germany) the Monte Mare in Rheinbach suffers from inconveniences caused by the company's saving measures. Like: The air in the pool area is chilly, only the area around the children's basin is heated properly. The outdoor pool is meant for use all year round but the water is too cold - 28°C is not enough in winter. Little repairs aren't done - in my changing cabin, for example, the bench was broken. Since they charge quite a lot for the entrance fees this is annoying. Bring swimgear and towels.
HIKING, WALKING, JOGGING etc.: Stadtwald
The Stadtwald , the forest on the hillside above Rheinbach, contains a network of paths and trails for jogging, walking, biking and short hikes and also some separate horse-riding trails. The forest is Rheinbach's green backyard and can be reached on foot from about every part of the town.
The path along the edge of the forest offers a nice view of the plain over to the Siebengebirge , the Seven Mountains beyond the Rhine. On very clear days even the cathedral of Cologne is visible.
A Jewish community in Rheinbach is no more since the Holocaust. The Jewish cemetery, however, still exists. It is walled off and locked and can't be entered, but a view through the gate shows the tombstones.
Location: Next to the train station, opposite platform 2 - cross the parking lot and walk a few steps westward. A sign in the wall marks it.
Arriving by train you may notice a high wall with barbed wire along the railway track. At night the brightly lit complex is hard to overlook. Rheinbach's prison has been the long-term home of some quite famous inmates, like Günter Guillaume, the spy who caused the fall of Chancellor Willy Brandt in the 1970s.
P.S. How does one classify a tip about a prison? Spa/Resort? Amusement park? Romantic travel?
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