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FRA to Baden-Baden by boat?

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Birmingham, Alabama
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FRA to Baden-Baden by boat?

My wife and I will be going to a meeting in Baden-Baden 8-10 September. We usually fly into FRA and take the train to Baden-Baden. This time, we'd like to add a few days BEFORE the meeting and travel down the Rhine. Any recommendations?

An alternate (less likely) possibility is to do the boat trip in the other direction, after the meeting (say, leaving Baden-Baden on the 11th). But, it will be easier to add days BEFORE the meeting.

So, the constraint is to arrive in Baden-Baden by Wednesday evening 7 September. What would you suggest?

Las Vegas, Nevada
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for Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg
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1. Re: FRA to Baden-Baden by boat?

There are no boats making this journey along the rivers, except with the possibility of much longer boat tours. But anyway, Frankfurt is on the Main River and Baden-Baden is quite aways inland from the Rhine.

If you want to do a scenic trip on the Rhine, the most scenic part is between Bingen and Koblenz, and that is in the other direction from Frankfurt. There are many boats plying this part of the Rhine from which you can hop off to visit the places that you are interested in and then catch a later boat or train to another destination. Note that journeys on this part of the Rhine are best done downstream (south to north) as the already slow trip is much slower heading upstream against the strong current.

Karlsruhe, Germany
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2. Re: FRA to Baden-Baden by boat?

There are no boat trips on this stretch of the Rhine (except the week or so long Amsterdam-Basel cruises that pass here) simply because it is not of interest. All you'd see are long rows of poplars on a flat river bank, interrupted by some industrial areas. The Upper Rhine Plain is flat and 30-40 kms wide, the hills cannot be seen from the river, so there are no landscape views.

Paradise, California
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for Rhineland-Palatinate
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3. Re: FRA to Baden-Baden by boat?

You could arrive FRA and head straight to one of the Middle Rhine wine villages. Boppard, St. Goar, Oberwesel, and Bacharach are all good candidates. St, Goar is very scenically situated, and you can visit Rheinfels Castle (ruins + museum) there. There's a wine festival on in Bingen beginning the weekend before your meeting should that interest you enough to be in the area that early; it's probably easier and cheaper to find a room in one of the other towns and visit the festival by train.

On day 1, relax and see the town you pick. On day 2, take a train south to Bingen to start your cruise; it's about 3 hours north to Braubach, home of Marksburg Castle, by boat from there, and those three hours will be full of castle-spotting. Once in Braubach, tour Marksburg:


Returning by train to your base involves a change of train in Koblenz, a very simple matter. A train daypass (Rheinland-Pfalz ticket) for 2 costs 24 Euros for the area and will get you to any village you want along the river weekdays from 9 am on. On weekends the pass is good at any hour. You can use the same daypass as far as Karlsruhe for your trip to Baden Baden on Tuesday; an additional ticket is needed for the Karlsruhe-BB trip.

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