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Car trip along the Rhine

Calgary
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Car trip along the Rhine

Our last day in Germany we would like to drive from the Freiburg region to Frankfurt. We would like to do this along the Rhine River but have noted that there are few roads that follow it along the Germany side. There is a long stretch of road on the France side but "Street View" shows that a lot of it is some distance from the river or well treed on both sides.

Would appreciate any recommendations for maximizing our views as we head north (Germany or France sides) even if it means small side trips to get to the good views. Castle recommendations along the way also appreciated though we will only have one day to complete this route.

Thank you.

Karlsruhe, Germany
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for Baden-Wurttemberg, Baden-Wurttemberg
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1. Re: Car trip along the Rhine

The banks along the Rhine have no roads, there is just a long-distance bike trail. There are floodland forests and such, no scenery to watch, and no views. The Upper Rhine Valley is a wide plain of about 30 kms width, slanked by the hills and mountains of the Vosges and the Palatinate Forest on the Western side, Black Forest and Odenwald on the Eastern side. If you want a scenic route, take the road at the foot of the mountains - no matter on which side of the Rhine plain - or even higher up in the mountains.

On the Western side you pass through Alsace and then your best bet is the German Wine Road (Deutsche Weinstraße) through the vineyards of Palatine (Pfalz) and then through Rheinhessen to Mainz. On the Eastern side there is the B500 (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) up on the edge of the Black Forest between Offenburg and Baden-Baden, which offers wide views of the plain. The route then continues from the Northern end of the Black Forest along the Kraichgau hills to Heidelberg, then along Bergstraße at the foot of the Odenwald, another renowned wine region. Each of these routes has enough to offer to keep you busy for several days.

If you are thinking of those pictures with the Rhine gorge and hills with castles on both sides of the valley, though, you'll be disappointed - this part is further North, beyond Frankfurt, and not on your way.

Edited: 5:13 pm, February 15, 2012
Calgary
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2. Re: Car trip along the Rhine

Thank you so much for your prompt and detailed reply. I discovered a great website for the Deutsche Weinstrasse region. With careful planning using your suggested routes and perhaps spending the afternoon in that area, we will have a full and spectacular day, even though we have missed out on the areas further north.

Jerry

Karlsruhe, Germany
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3. Re: Car trip along the Rhine

Weinstraße is a good choice (in fact they are all good, you can't go wrong). Here are my tips for two small towns that would make nice stops on the way:

1. Wissembourg, still on the French side but right on the French-German border. From there you enter the Wine Road through the gate tower (Weintor) in Schweigen. members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/13f89/

2. Edenkoben, a pretty small wine townabout halfway along Weinstraße: members.virtualtourist.com/m/f86bd/105ee/

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