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Germany:Dusseldorf: Crazy Trains and Rental Car Disasters

August 14, 2014

sunny 68 °F

We thought the trains in India were bad. . .but the ones in Amsterdam were just as crazy! We could see people walking up and down the aisles confused over where to sit and luggage everywhere! Of course these ones are exponentially more expensive, at 70 Euros per person to take the ICE train from Amsterdam to Dusseldorf Germany. I thought Ruby was going to have a heart attack over our budget!

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When we arrived into Germany we immediately noticed the difference in attitude from people in The Netherlands. Not to say there’s anything wrong with people from the Netherlands but sometimes we got the feeling that they just wanted us to spend money and go home. Meanwhile, Germans seem to be straight shooters, really a no-nonsense type of people that really don’t care who you are, where you come from or what you think of them.
Who knew that Dusseldorf would have a cute little aldstadt (aka old town) and people hanging out along the waterfront.

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There was also great shopping and every type of food you could imagine. We had the most delicious tapas at a restaurant called “La Copa” in the main square. Tony had his first beer in Germany

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. . . and they really did a good job with our usual Spanish faves of “pimientos de padron" and “gambas al ajillo”.

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While eating dinner outside it was fun to watch this wacky old Bavarian guy (you can recognize them by their silly outfits) pushing a cart that played German organ music!

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We finally got back to our attic room and watched a beautiful orange-red sunset over the buildings from the Altus Guesthouse (which by the way was a steal at 44 euros a night with our own bathroom and super convenient location close to public transportation). We would definitely stay there again and would book the top room in the attic— even though it’s a hike to the top room, the skylight and lack of noise upstairs from neighbors make it worth it!

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  • ***************************************Small Note on Car Rental Disaster Avoidance*************************************************

We had such a fiasco when renting our car at the Dusseldorf airport. We always use CarRentals.com and love it but we are going to try and AVOID FROM DOLLAR/THRIFTY CAR RENTALS in Europe!! They have the cheapest daily or weekly rates to lure you in but then they require you to have/buy collision insurance (for hundreds of extra dollars!!) and then they have a silly policy requiring you use ONLY a PLATINUM MASTERCARD (not a regular mastercard) if you want to use your credit card to cover the collision insurance. They also require PROOF of your Collision Damage Waiver from your U.S. credit card company with your name, credit card number, location and value of coverage in writing at time of rental. After a few hours of trying to get all this sorted out we gave up! Next time we won't bother with all that nonsense and rent with Sixt which doesn’t require any of that silly hassle and knows that almost all good US Credit cards provide Collision insurance when you use their credit card!?!

Posted by Tony.Ruby 08:41 Archived in Germany

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