Vacation Quest Review: Turning a Business Trip into a German Vacation

Vacation Quest member Robert J. turned a business trip into a condo vacation. His destination? Germany! It’s not one of the most common places we offer condos, but Robert spent a week at the Gemunder Ferienpark Salzberg in Schleiden (near Aachen) and said it was a pleasant surprise. Robert told us about all the amazing places he visited for this week’s Member Monday.

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
The Restaurant Dahmen in Gemund was a surprise. I had a very good steak there. It was a five-minute drive from the condo.

Aachen had the best shopping of the places we visited. I’m sure Cologne has excellent shopping too, but there was very heavy traffic due to highway construction, so we didn’t go there.

To have fun/attractions:

  • Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn is very interesting and less than an hour drive.
  • Cochem on the Mosel River is breathtaking, be sure to tour the castle there.
  • The Nürburgring is on the way to Cochem. We went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the racetrack there, which was very interesting (it is a world famous Grand Prix track).
  • Bacharach and Overwesel on the Rhine are beautiful medieval towns as well.
  • Trier on the Rhine is approximately 1.5 hours south and well worth the drive – so much history.
  • The Porta Nigra (black gate) was built in the year 200. The cathedral dates to 400.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity:
The weather was cold and rainy during out stay, so we didn’t get to explore the Eifel Natural Park (hiking, etc).

However, the fitness center was nice and the free guest laundry (including detergent) came in very handy.

There is a supermarket (Netto) two minutes from the condo.

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
I had to go to Germany on business and stayed an extra week on vacation. When I looked for condos in Germany, this was the only one available the week that I needed. However, we were very happy with the condo. It was very quiet, comfortable and well equipped.

What was your favorite memory of your vacation?
Visiting Monschau and Aachen, especially the cathedral (at Aachen). Monschau is on the way to Aachen in the Hurtgen Forest. It is a very beautiful medieval town on the Belgian border that survived WWII unscathed. Aachen is about an hour away.

Any tips for a traveler going to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
If you go in November, be prepared forlcold and rain. This resort is in a small, rural town so it is best to have a rental car to be able to visit other areas nearby. Make an attempt to learn a little German language (the basics) and research German culture. They are very friendly people who really respond well to an attempt to speak their language (even if it’s only “please, thank-you, hello, goodbye”) and respect/embrace their culture.

About you

How long have you been a Vacation Quest member?
Four and a half years.

Why did you join the club?
I wasn’t sure about the benefit of joining the club at first. But after several excellent vacations in Europe and the Caribbean, I’ve come to appreciate the benefit of being a member of a club that has access to prepaid condo properties in wonderful locations.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?

Why do you think traveling is important?
I think it is very interesting, educational and inspiring to experience different cultures and history. I learn so much every time I travel and meet so many wonderful people.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Vacation Quest since September. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.