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Greeley, Colorado
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Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

Hello, I will be traveling with my mom (83) and 2 daughters (28 & 30) April 10-April 20. I would like to lay out our itenary and have suggestions as to what to see/do in each place. We are trying to stay 2 nights and then drive out from each place to visit more. We are a rural family and are more intersted in the history, villages and castles than large cities. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

April 11-10am Arrive Frankfurt; stay at Jugendherberge hostel 1 night

Pickup car

April 12-13 Bacharach, staying in Castle hostel

Is it backtracking too much to go to Cochem and possibly do the knights dinner? Possible to do river cruise to this area and take train back to Bacharach?

April 14-15 Oberhamersback, Farm Stay (this is my moms birthday) tour mining and farm museum

April 16-no reservations yet, would like to see Munich but no rooms available, plan to find small village-suggestions?

April 17-18 Rothenburg De ob der Tauber; Hotel Spitzweg plan to drive to other villages, see Rothenberg in morning and evening when tour buses are not in

April 19-back to Frankfurt , staying in Hoescht, hoping to find the farmers market.

April 20-flight on Saturday @ 3pm

Gambrills, MD
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1. Re: Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

We stayed on this farm, about an hour south of Munich on the border with Austria. It's in the village of Reit im Winkl, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. If you can't find a room in Munich you might want to consider it. www.demelhof.de/index.php…

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2. Re: Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

On the Thursday that you arrive in Frankfurt, there is a large, local Farmers Market just a few blocks from the Jugendherberge on the Konstablerwache. This is a favorite of the residents of Frankfurt, and they will all be gathered here at tables drinking wine or applewine. Lots of local cheeses, honey, herbs, fruits, veg. mushrooms, and meats. Recommended German restaurants near you would be Atschel or Dauth-Schneider. You could also visit the Klein Markt Halle, just a couple blocks away from the Konstablerwache, for a totally different experience, as here there is food from the entire world on offer.

The Farmers market in Hoechst is easy to find, as it is just a block from the river, and there are signs directing you to the Alt Stadt as well as to the Market. It is open from 8-13:00 as well as the market hall there. Do visit the Justinus church, as it will be open from 14:00-16:00 as well as the garden behind the church. Both of the restaurants sitting up on the city wall here, offer good food. St. Josefs church is also worth visiting, but with a surprising Art Deco look to is inside. Do you have your hotel for Hoechst yet?

Greeley, Colorado
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3. Re: Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

Thanks so much! Any suggestions about the Bacharach/Cochem possiblity? I just found reference to Cochem and it looks lovely, but maybe there is plenty to see at Bacharach. We were considering a boat ride, so was hoping maybe this was an area that it would go to.

Gambrills, MD
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for Fussen
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4. Re: Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

The youth hostel in Bacharach is in a castle - you probably know that. It's quite a hike from the hostel down to the river and town. Will your mom be able to make that? Otherwise there are plenty of other places in the area, including at least two in Bacharach that are built into parts of the old city wall.

Paradise, California
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5. Re: Suggestions for our Rhine/Bavaria tour

"April 12-13 Bacharach, staying in Castle hostel

Is it backtracking too much to go to Cochem and possibly do the knights dinner? Possible to do river cruise to this area and take train back to Bacharach?"

There's only one KD boat per day from Koblenz to Cochem; that stretch alone takes nearly 5 hours by boat, and you'd need to board by 9:45 (and there are no boats arriving in Koblenz from Bacharach by 9:45!) It would be possible to catch a train to Koblenz and get to the docks by 9:45, but I just don't think the Mosel cruise itself merits spending most of a day just to do it, and pulling into Cochem so late in the afternoon won't leave you much time.

If you want to enjoy the river scenery without driving, just take the train. The tracks along both Rhine and Mosel follow the river almost the entire way between Bacharach and Cochem and the sightseeing is great. The trip takes just 1.5 hours (each way) so you'll have some time to enjoy Cochem's old town, the castle and falconry show, the chairlift ride, or whatever. Get a daypass from a ticket machine at the station (Rheinland-Pfalz ticket, 26€ for two good after 9 am weekdays, anytime on Sat or Sun on the regional trains.)


What time is the Knight's meal over? Last trains out of Cochem for Bacharach leave just before 10:00 and 10:30, usually.

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