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1. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Frankfurt for the 1st day > UK visiting fds > (depart from Manchester) Germany: interest in scenery, culture, museums, architure....about 10 days.
appreciate your help!

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 7y

I wouldn't stick too long in Frankfurt. It has a small and nice inner city, but for the rest there is not much to see.

10 days is not a lot, but some options are to go to the Mosel/Rhein region. (Koblenz, trip on the Rhein and Mosel on a boat.), If you are heading that way, you should also go a little bit further north to at least see a little bit Cologne. Even if you would only pass it by train, it is worth it to take a few hours, and at least visit the Dom (which is just across the square at the trainstation. From there maybe on to Brugge or Brussels, or maybe straight to Paris. take the eurostart into London, and finally Manchester.

If you really want to see Paris and London (let's say 3-4 days each), you shouldn't linger too long in Germany. If you like to see something of Germany, you can probably find a pretty cheap flight directly to Manchester.

3. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Thanks for your comment!

I'm not staying in Frankfurt for days, just one day, something planned. London, been there few times; Paris, visited once but not interested in the coming trip. Think I will take your advice to go Mosel/Rhein region. Probably start with Munich after Manchester and go for the Romantic Road then to the left (on the map) and up to Rhein, terminus Frankfurt for flight back.

Does this route work?

4. Posted by Holly76 (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

ecca, frankfurt is worth staying more than one day. i've lived there for several years, and i can tell you that there is so much to see, including the dom cathedral, the paulskirche church (was seat of the 1848 national assembly, the first freely elected parliament of germany), the palmengarten botanical garden and several museums. the museumsufer (museum embankment) south of the main river has several museums accommodating all areas of interest, including the renowned städel art museum, the tlecommunication museum and others. an evening could be spent in the sachsenhausen quarter where there are many traditional tavern serving apple wine and traditional plain frankfurt cuisine. the maintower observation desk provides spectacular views of the city. frankfurt's vicinity has numerous attractions too, including the hessen park museum featuring 100 historic structures such as windmills and half-timbered houses, the kronberg zoo (known as opel-zoo) and much more. so when you come back, frankfurt and the rhine-main area are definitely worth several days.

as for the rhine and mosel valleys, i agree with herr bert. you will see romatic castles, vineyards and wineries.

as for your route (munich-romantic road-rhine valley-frankfurt), for me this would make sense if you had three weeks to go. since you're intended to visiting for ten days, you should focus on less to get more out. you could explore munich, then fly into cologne and discover the rhine valley on your way back to frankfurt.

anyway, this is just a suggestion. if you like driving and are not in need of immersing youself in all the attractions on the way, your itinerary would work too.

5. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Great, thanks a lot for your input, Holly 76!

Is the Romantic Road worth to visit then in your suggestion? What if I travel with a railpass, 5 flexi days type, do you think it is enough? I wish I could drive for this trip as it would be more flexible for me, just stop the car wherever I want to and have things to see.

I like to see so many things and never want a rush trip. I can stay in a museum which I like for a whole day. If I like that place I stay longer. This no-plan pattern is always my travel plan. Hard to find a travel companion.

6. Posted by Holly76 (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

i may not tell you much about the romantic road, since i've never been there. since it is dedicated as touristic route, i'm pretty sure it is worth a visit.

what i know is the town of nördlingen being part of that route. it is a picturesque town located in the heart of a large meteor crater (known as nördlinger ries) and has a beautiful old town surrounded by a well-preserved 14th century city wall. not far is rothenburg ob der tauber which is beautiful too, but usually packed with tourists.

as for a railpass, i am not familiar with rail travel and how it works. i know that the rail network in germany is extensive with many rail lines and frequent services. i also know that there are so called länder-tickets (state tickets) that are good for unlimited rides on regional trains within the respective state on a particular day (9 a.m. until 3 a.m. the next day). for instance, the single bavaria ticket is available at 20 euros. you may look here: http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/prices/germany/laender_tickets.shtml actually, this could make sense if you are traveling on a budget.

the german rail pas however includes unlimited rides nationwide, even on scheduled highspeed trains. it is around around 200 euros (1 adult, 2nd class cars), according to carrier deutsche bahn. a ten day pass is slightly more than 300 euros (1 adult, 2nd class). this would allow you gap the long distances between frankfurt, munich, cologne and maybe other cities being part of the highspeed rail network.

anyway, if you want to enjoy a maximum of flexibility, a car would be the first choice by far.

7. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

A can advise to go from Munich to:
1) Fussen with the famous Neuschwanstein castle and to spend a day there climbing to the rocks out of the main tourist road to see the perfect views of the castle
2) The lake Chim See - about 80 km to the destination of Austria - where you can have a boat trip by the very beautiful mountain lake and to do stops on 2 islands - on Herreninsel there's a King Ludwig palace - identical copy of the Versailles (Really!!!). Very beautiful and not crowded.
From me in Germany I would also advise Nurnberg (small and very authentic city with the famous castle and fahwerk houses- I love it) and Dresden - the center of the city is unbelievably beautiful.
I travelled by car so I can't advise the best transportation but I hope the others could help you with it :)

8. Posted by ecca (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Thank you all for your suggestions which help me on my planning alot!

I will put these info in my notes and try to work it out, make it a relax yet exciting trip. Sigh.......I can't drive!