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Stay at Frankfurt-daytrip for Wurzburg...Please advise!

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Stay at Frankfurt-daytrip for Wurzburg...Please advise!

Hello! Just start planning the trip to Romantic Road cities. We (2 persons) will fly into Frankfurt as our 1st stop, move onto a few cities, then fly out from Munich. As regards Frankfurt & Wurzburg, which of the following is a better/doable choice?

1) Stay 2 nights at Frankfurt - the 2nd day as day-trip for Wurzburg, OR

2) Stay 1 night at Frankfurt - 2nd day move to Wurzburg and stay 1 night there

Reason for being hesitated to decide is: Compared the hotels of both, I found better deal for Frankfurt hotels than Wurzburg hotels during the period of our travel time. But, would it be too time-wasting to come back to Frankfurt at night, because we will then move onto Bamberg on our 3rd day?

Besides, please kindly update me the train info: I've read "If plan a day trip to Würzburg the cheapest option is to use regional trains and buy 2 tickets. 1. RMV day ticket from Frankfurt to Kahl which is EUR 14,25. 2. Bayern Ticket which is EUR 22 for 1 person". How about the total ticket fare for 2 persons then? Is it a "direct train" from Frankfurt central station to Wurzburg, no transfer at "Kahl"? How long does it take for the route by regional train? Do both tickets cover our return from Wurzburg to Frankfurt at night, IF we plan to take #1 choice of staying 2 nights @ Frankfurt?

Sorry for writing too long ...THANKS in advance for all your feedbacks!

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1. Re: Stay at Frankfurt-daytrip for Wurzburg...Please advise!

I think it is a huge waste of time to stay in Frankfurt if you want to go to Würzburg and Bamberg the next days.

So I suggest a 3. choise: leave Frankfurt after your arrival and stay 2 nights in Würzburg (if possible).

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I'd suggest you spend one night in Frankfurt to recover from jet lag.

Next day go by train (ICE - www.bahn.de) to Würzburg, it's € 34 one way, no change of trains required. It will take about one hours.

Spend one or two nights in Würzburg and continue to Bamberg by ICE, €19.50, no change of trains, also about an hours to go.

Würzburg is on the way to Bamberg. It doesn't make sense to return to Frankfurt in between.

Edited: 4:00 am, November 10, 2013
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Fully agree, no point going back to Frankfurt if you are planning to head on to Bamberg. In any case, Würzburg is a lovely town and deserves any extra hours that you can give it. Don't waste your time travelling.

It also sounds at a bit strange that you are getting better offers for hotels in Frankfurt as Frankfurt is normally more expensive than Würzburg.

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Thanks all for the advices!

1) At first, we considered going direct to Wurzburg upon arriving Frankfurt. But after 2nd thought, as it's our 1st visit to Germany, we would like to see a bit of the big city Frankfurt instead of just passing by. Also, taking advice of "Quiltneedle" to recover jet lag, it seems better to stay close to the central station for a night. (Our flight would arrive very early morning, I think we can spend almost a day touring Frankfurt centre.) So in consideration of all your opinions, would stay 1-night @ Frankfurt, spend another night @ Wurzburg, then move to Bamberg for 2 nights there.

2) As for the train tickets, please further clarify me ... would RMV ticket+Bayern ticket work cheaper than ICE train? Euro34 is per person or for 2 ?? As we are budget travel and prefer cheaper fare to reach destinations. We don't mind a bit slower of taking regional train, although faster and direct ICE train is attractive. If using RMV ticket+Bayern ticket for regional train, is there any transfer and how long to reach Wurzburg? Same for Bamberg, would Bayern ticket work cheaper than ICE train from Wurzburg to Bamberg? ICE train one way Euro19.50 is per person or for 2 ? Again, how long would it take if using regional train, not ICE train?

3) I was also surprised to find that the hotels in Wurzburg are more expensive than usual during our period of visit. Even the website suggested to re-consider the week before or after. .Not knowing the reason.

Await your valuable feedbacks again, with much thanks!

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34 € is the price of a regular ticket for one person. When you buy your tickets online via www.bahn.de you can make a better deal with a so called "savings ticket". As those tickets sell out, you should buy well ahead and take in mind that they are bound to the train you book.

I personally wouldn't bother with regional trains, to time consuming for me - but that's a matter of personal taste.

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Frankfurt is pefectly nice, but it is so easy to take the train to Wuerzburg straight from the airport. If you do stay a night in Frankfurt, the area within a short walk from the train station is OK, but I would walk an extra 10 minutes and get into the West End or otherwise find a

hotel a bit farther from the station. It has gotten better, but it still is an area full of Chinese restaurants, call shops and non-Germans. It used to be the porn center of Frankfurt. That has gone, pretty much. The trains are great. Much less stressful than (for example) changing planes.

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>>>If you do stay a night in Frankfurt, the area within a short walk from the train station is OK, but I would walk an extra 10 minutes and get into the West End or otherwise find a hotel a bit farther from the station. It has gotten better, but it still is an area full of Chinese restaurants, call shops and non-Germans. It used to be the porn center of Frankfurt. <<<

I completely agree!

Edited: 4:09 pm, November 10, 2013
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ICE from Frankfurt to Würzburg takes a little more than an hour, direct regional train about 2 hours. You can buy the Bayern ticket in Frankfurt and in addition you need RMV tickets to Kahl, the first station in Bavaria. No need to get off the train.

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Frankfurt has so much to offer that to not stay a night and see some of it would be a shame.

There are perfectly wonderful hotels near the train station. Have a look a Hamburger Hof or The Pure. Moving more into the center of the city and still reachable by the train you take from the airport into Frankfurt, would be Hotel Mirimar or the Spener Haus. For more upscale, look at Flemings, the Westin, or the Hilton.

The train station area is so much more than Chinese restaurants and call shops. There are a multitude of ethnic restaurants, like Indian, Mexican, Australian, Turkish, Malaysian, Thai and more. If you are there on Tues. or Thur. the market that runs down the 1st or 2nd block of the Kaiser Str. is a great place for lunch. Filled with bankers, it is lively and interesting. The architecture in this area is beautiful, turn of the century style.

If you will be in Frankfurt on Thur. Fri. or Sat. visit the Farmers markets at the Konstablerwache or Schiller Str. Any day of the week except for Sun. you should go through the Klein Markt Halle.

In case you are interested in old churches, Frankfurt has several, the Kaiserdom, the Deutsche Orden, Alte Nikolai, but with the oldest being St. Justinus in the neighborhood of Hoechst, consecrated in 850. It is only open on weekends during the winter, from 14:00-16:00. Hoechst is also part of the Half-timbered route that runs through Germany. If you are interested in Jewish history, Frankfurt is also the city to visit as this was the center of Jewish culture in Germany for centuries.

Since Frankfurt was the election and coronation city for the Holy Roman Emperor, it should certainly be at the top of the list for historic cities to visit while in Germany.

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picture google "Frankfurt Bahnhofsviertel" for a first impression and decide if you want to stay there or go a bit further.

There is good public transport, so it won't be difficult to get to the trainstation from anywhere in Frankfurt.