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Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

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Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

We will be travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt with our 2 adult children during July. We want to spend two nights along the way and visit some castles,do a cable car trip and a cruise on the Rhine river. Please give me some advice on where to stay,hotels,where to do the boat trip,and what train to use. We don't want to stay in places that is too touristy but want to enjoy the beauty and culture of the area. I need some advice please! Is it better (cheaper) to travel from Frankfurt to Zurich by train or to fly?

Hanau, Germany
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1. Re: Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

If you have a fixed date you want to travel to Zuerich book 92 days prior here http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml should be cheaper than flying.

I don't think not touristy and July on the Rhine river will be possible http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Rhine some reading about the area.

Mannheim, Germany
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for Zurich, Mannheim
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2. Re: Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

Even bought last minute, Frankfurt to Zürich is not only cheaper by train but also not slower than flying. This route is not exactly where it would make any economic sense for airlines to sell cheap tickets.

Boppard, Germany
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3. Re: Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

The towns on the left bank are somewhat easier to reach by train. Boppard, St. Goar, Oberwesel and Bacharach are only a few minutes from each other by train. Oberwesel may be somewhat more quiet than the others.

During the week, Boppard and Oberwesel have relatively fast RE trains to Mainz, Frankfurt airport and Frankfurt. If you intend to visit the right bank, the most convenient ferry is from St. Goar to St. Goarshausen.

Chair lifts can be found at Boppard, Assmannshausen and Rüdesheim. In Koblenz, there is a cable car across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein (a fortress with a view of the city, Rhine and Mosel rivers).

You can start your boat trip at most of the towns in the area. The best part is from Bingen or Rüdesheim to St. Goar or Boppard.

Are you going to Frankfurt at all? If not, check out trains from Mainz or Bingen.

Johannesburg, South...
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4. Re: Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

Thank you for your advice, can you recommend some hotels to stay in and which trains to take from Amsterdam to Cologne( can we store our luggage at the station) and which train to take from there?

Can the train tickets be booked in advance and is it cheaper to do?

Scotland
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5. Re: Travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt

From Amsterdam to Cologne you should take the ICE, which will takes around 2 1/2 hours. You can book ahead via www.db.de or the Dutch railway site www.nshispeed.nl/en

Tickets are usually cheaper by a few Euros on the Dutch site, and the price includes reserved seats.

You can store your luggage at both stations, Amsterdam and Cologne.

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