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Ad­ina Apart­ment Ho­tels has a Best Rate Guar­an­tee on all its prop­er­ties for book­ings made via its website. If guests find a lower rate else­where, Ad­ina will match it and ex­tend a fur­ther 10 per cent off. More: ad­i­na­ho­tels.com; tfe­ho­tels.com. • ger­many.travel • vis­it­ber­lin.com • frank­furt-touris­mus.de • touris­mus.nuern­berg.de • raileu­rope.com.au ta­bles and leafy court­yards pre­serve the tra­di­tion of ap­ple-wine restau­rants such as Lors­bacher Thal, which serves the likes of white as­para­gus, cray­fish and ap­plewine pud­ding, plus ap­ple-wine it­self, served in tra­di­tional di­a­mond-pat­terned tum­blers.

Visit Frank­furt op­er­ates guided walks for an ori­ent­ing over­view laced with in­trigu­ing de­tail, and cruises on the River Main of­fer a unique per­spec­tive. Frank­furt Card cov­ers all pub­lic city trans­port and dis­counts on mu­se­ums, city tours, river cruises, opera and theatre.

Back at Ad­ina Frank­furt Neue Oper, the ho­tel group’s sig­na­ture fresh, smart com­fort pre­vails. My small bal­cony over­looks city and river; down­stairs, the red-walled Alto restau­rant is fur­nished with black bucket chairs, high-backed bar stools, ta­pes­try-fabric screens and wall fea­tures. Ad­ina’s sec­ond Frank­furt ho­tel, in the heart of the shop­ping district, opened in late 2016.

Two hours by train and I’m in Nurem­berg. Here, too, his­toric build­ings have been painstak­ingly re­stored. Half-tim­bered houses and ir­reg­u­lar cob­bled streets abound. Cov­ered, brick-arch bridges span the river, painted me­dieval stat­ues — a mitred bishop, a long­haired vir­gin and child — adorn build­ings, crys­tal and porce­lain gleam from an­tique-shop win­dows. Albrecht Durer’s mu­seum house is here. Even the Imperial Cas­tle, be­gun in the 11th cen­tury, re­duced to war-time rub­ble, is a 21st-cen­tury high­light. Moss-cov­ered feu­dal walls and tow­ers rise heav­ily above a square of flow­er­ing trees and open-air cafes. In­side the walls, old trees shade star­tlingly green lawns, flower beds and paths over­hung with flow­er­ing li­lacs. The cas­tle chapel is a must, with fres­coes and carved, gold-robed saints.

Just out­side the old city walls in St Jo­han­nis district, Hes­peri­den­garten, a se­cluded his­toric gar­den, is also well worth the short bus ride. Back in the cen­tre, in the Church of St. Lorenz, an ac­ci­den­tal high­light un­folds. Amid ribbed gothic arches that soar out of sight, glints of gold and shafts of light shim­mer­ing through stained glass, a cast of black-caped singers in jeans re­hearses Richard Wag­ner’s Die Meis­tersinger von Nurn­berg.

Ad­ina Nurem­berg is one of the group’s new­est ho­tels. Its pub­lic spa­ces are co­cooned in sub­tle, warm colours; gue­strooms, in soft char­coals, con­trast with the usual plump snowy pil­lows and du­vets and, in my cham­ber, dark gem-coloured vel­vet cush­ions and an amethyst wool throw. It all spells shel­tered com­fort. Up on the flat roof, a grassed area gives sweep­ing sky­line views and, at Alto restau­rant, sea­sonal pro­duce in­cludes a creamy soup of fresh gar­lic. It’s spring in the city.

Ju­dith Elen was a guest of Ad­ina Apart­ment Ho­tels in Ber­lin, Frank­furt and Nurem­berg.

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