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Rhine Travel

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Rhine Travel

Hi,

I'm having a very difficult time trying to figure out if I can do the ideal!

We will be in Gelsenkirchen on June 12th for the US game. We would like to cruise down the Rhine (form Cologne? Is there somewhere closer to catch a ferry?) down the Rhine and get off near the closest train station to Rothenburg. Can this be done? Any advice would be helpful! I've seen some info on KD Tours - is this the kind of thing you can do one direction with your luggage?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Rhine Travel

To see the best part of the Rhine, take the train from Cologne to Koblenz. From there, board a K-D river boat south to Bingen, Ruedesheim, or some other town near there, depending on how many hours you want to be on the boat. There is no point in taking the bat any further than Ruedesheim, where the good scenery ends. Wherever you get off, take the train from there to Rothenburg, if that's your destination.

Bao schedule:

www.k-d.com

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2. Re: Rhine Travel

DB timetable

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/e

KD timetable

k-d.com/englisch/…fahrplan-rhein.html

Actually you have not much choice on the itinerary.

Gelsenkirchen Hbf dep 07:34 RE

Essen Hbf arr 07:43

Essen Hbf dep 08:00 EC

Koblenz Hbf arr 09:46

Koblenz Hbf dep 09:51 RB

Boppard Hbf arr 10:06

Boppard KD dep 11:00 paddle steamer Goethe (the nicest ship on the Rhine)

Bingen KD arr 15:00

Bingen Hbf dep 15:48 RE

Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Regionalbf arr 16:35

Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf dep 17:09 ICE

Würzburg Hbf arr 18:26

Würzburg Hbf dep 18:41 RB

Steinach(b Rothenb) arr 19:23

Steinach(b Rothenb) dep 19:36

Rothenburg ob der Tauber arr 19:50

If you're not travelling on a rail pass you can buy the tickets for this trip (incl. the KD boat part) at a railway station. E.g. the day before in Gelsenkirchen or wherever you'll have time for this.

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3. Re: Rhine Travel

Wow - thank you so much! Can you give me some advice? Do you think this would be worth it? Just worried that it will take our entire day jumping on and off of trains. Do you think that we should rent a car? Either to drive the road or do the boat part and then rent the car when we exit? Or is the train really the way to go..... What do you think?

We are also planning to go from Rothenburg to Munich and were planning a day trip to the King Ludwig's castles... Would it be smarter to just drive there if we had a car and drop it in Munich?

Thank you again, you've been so helpful!

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> Do you think this would be worth it?

Yes.

> Just worried that it will take our entire day jumping on and off of trains.

You have quite some time to relax in between. Driving by car is not really that relaxing in Germany, certainly not for the driver.

> Do you think that we should rent a car? Either to drive the road or do the boat part and then rent the car when we exit?

This is quite some distance. And as soon as you choose some scenic roads it will need is time. A car is also not of big use in combination with a boat, as you have to travel somehow back to your car. The big rental companies have only offices in Koblenz and Mainz, not the smaller towns in between.

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5. Re: Rhine Travel

We are considering buying the Germany Twin Rail pass. On this website:

railkey.com/tickets/more-country-passes.asp…

It appears that this will cost us about $146 US dollars for 4 days unlimited travel in Germany. Does this cover the cost of the ferry? I think we would still have to reserve seats on the train but would we need to do something particular for the ferry?

Also, it appears that we will be able to travel free from Marl to the game in Gelsenkirchen - is that true? If not, I'll need to buy the 5 day pass...

Thank you again!

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6. Re: Rhine Travel

The pass does not cover the ferry entirely but gives you some discount. On the other hand you will not have to make train reservations (and in many cases not able to do so) so there you will save money and time :-)

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7. Re: Rhine Travel

Marl to Gelsenkirchen

is covered by your match tickets.

www.wir-bringen-sie-hin.de/85.html…

And even if this would be not the case: a mini group (2-5 persons) day ticket Marl to Gelsenkirchen (and back of course) is EUR 13,70.

A German Rail pass covers the KD boats fully.

bahn.de/p/…german_rail_pass.shtml

Only for the paddle steamer Goethe you have to pay a EUR 1,50 steam surcharge (well worth it).

You can't reserve for the boats. Also not on local trains. But I don't see any capacity problems here either.

This is only possible on IC/EC or ICE trains. And you don't have to - you can (it's not compulsory). With a group of 4 and if you want to sit together you may want to reserve however for these trains.

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8. Re: Rhine Travel

Thank you so much! It sounds like if we purchase the Twin Pass which saves us money on the rail pieces, the ferry is also included which saves us even more... That would be great!

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9. Re: Rhine Travel

Strange question with our itinerary - was just looking at the details to print for taking with us...

In Frankfurt, it states that we must walk:

Regionalbf

to

Fernbf

Where exactly are we walking? Do you have any details? it states that it will take 15 minutes but we only have 25 between so I want to know EXACTLY where we are headed. Does anyone know?

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