Walk through history with Maritim Hotels

For those looking to take a step back in time, international hotel group Maritim has properties in a wide range of historical destinations across Germany alongside/near to castles, churches and palaces, helping guests to discover the past and explore the city

The Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne Cathedral

An entire district was demolished to make way for Cologne Cathedral, which punctuates the skyline as it towers 17 metres above the Rhine from the cathedral mount. Germany’s most famous church took an astonishing 600 years to build and was finally consecrated in 1880. Alongside precious artefacts, such as the tomb of the Three Kings, the cathedral has distinctive architectural features. Awarded UNESCO “world heritage” status in 1996, the cathedral was briefly the tallest building in the world.

The cathedral is only an eight-minute walk from the first-class deluxe Maritim Hotel Cologne. There are 454 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites alongside five cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of regional and local specialities. At the hotel’s “Kölsche Stuff” guests can enjoy a genuine taste of local culture, with a refreshing glass of local “Kolsch” beer, served straight from the cask.

For those as passionate about their food as their history, visitors can feast on Maritim’s signature lavish breakfast at the ‘‘Rôtisserie’’ Restaurant, which includes a wide range of hot and cold seasonal produce – guests can make their break a truly special occasion by starting the day with sparkling wine and fresh smoked salmon. The famed “Bellvue” Restaurant, located on the fifth floor, comes complete with panoramic city skyline views and has twice been acclaimed as one of Cologne’s best restaurants.

For more information about the cathedral, please see www.koelner-dom.de

For further details about the hotel, please visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-cologne/hotel-overview

A Catholic church turned Protestant in Ulm

When the previously Catholic townspeople of Ulm decided to become Protestants, iconoclasm was the inevitable consequence. The church was stripped entirely of decoration in accordance with the simplicity of worship espoused at public gatherings by Konrad Sam, the influential reformer of Ulm. Today, it remains Germany’s largest Protestant church and proudly holds the record for the highest church tower. the church regularly welcomes up to 2,000 to pray, worship and to take part in cultural events.

The newly renovated Maritim Hotel Ulm lies on the green banks of the Danube, close to the historic Old Town, and is ideal for discovering the nearby church. When not enjoying the local culture guest can take advantage of the “Panorama and Bastei” Restaurant on the hotel’s 16th floor, which features panoramic views of the city and serves à-la-carte specialities from international and national cuisines. The hotel’s “Piano bar” is renowned for its wide range of whiskies and cocktails. In addition to a wellness area, with swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness centre, the hotel features two first class restaurants, a café and a bar.

For more information about the church, please visit www.ulmer-muenster.de

For further details about the hotel, please see www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-ulm/hotel-overview

Measuring up in Rome in Fulda Cathedral

Situated in the heart of the city’s baroque district, the Maritim Hotel am Schlossgarten Fulda features 112 elegant rooms and a suite. Ideally located for exploring the historic buildings nearby, such as the Romanesque Chapel of St. Michael and Fulda Cathedral. The hotel’s famed “Dianakeller Restaurant” serves a variety of culinary delicacies in an authentic, rustic ambience. After a busy day exploring, guests can unwind at the hotel pool.

Only a five minute walk from the hotels the famed Fulda Cathedral. Visitors can learn about its Roman baroque style, reflected in key architectural elements taken from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The cathedral’s magnificent interior, featuring white walls and sculptures create a striking contrast to the black-gold design designs. The cathedral is flanked by two 65-metre bell towers, which form the focal point of the baroque quarter and have become symbolic of Fulda. St. Boniface, the Apostle of the Germans, was laid to rest here in the cathedral.

For more information about the cathedral, please see www.bistum-fulda.de

For further details about the hotel, please visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-am-schlossgarten-fulda/hotel-overview

Church of Our Lady in Dresden

Once known as the Erlweinspeicher warehouse, this former old monument and historically protected site has been comprehensively refurbished in to the Maritim Hotel & Internationales Congress Centre Dresden. Ideally situated on the banks of the river Elbe and near the Old Town district, the hotel is perfect for exploring the city’s rich history.

In addition to 328 first class deluxe rooms and suites, the hotel, known as the ‘Florence of the Elbe’ for its proximity to culture sites such as the Semper Opera House and Dresdner Zwinger Palaces, also features the ‘Wintergarten’ (Winter Garden) Restaurant, famed for its locally sourced cuisine.

After a brief ten minute stroll from the hotel guests will arrive at the Church of Our Lady. After heavy bombing during World War II, the church soon collapsed, and the remaining rubble left as a monument. It wasn’t until after 1989, when an unprecedented restoration effort got under way. After 11 years of reconstruction, the church was reconsecrated in 2005. The church remains a magnificent example of Protestant church architecture and has the largest stone cupola north of the Alps.

For more information about the church, please see www.frauenkirche-dresden.de

For further details about the hotel, please visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-internationales-congress-center-dresden/hotel-overview

With 33 locations across Germany as well as hotels in Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta and China, The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group. Its portfolio includes centrally located city hotels, conveniently located airport hotels, coastal beach resorts, lakeside family hotels, course-adjoining golf hotels and parkland spa hotels.

For more information on these hotels, please visit www.maritim.com