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Help with driving itinerary

Nashville, Tennessee
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Help with driving itinerary

We are flying into Munich and will pick up a car there, and we have about 8 days to drive. We want to be certain to see these places/things: middle Rhine River area, Cologne, Koblenz, Aachen cathedral, and then to Bruges, Belgium. What would be the best way to include these and also see other notable sites along the way, such as Heidelberg or Rothenburg? Our flight will leave out of Munich again to come home, but I don't mind a one day long drive back from Bruges the day before the flight.

Mainz, Germany
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1. Re: Help with driving itinerary

That is a fairly ambitious plan - which could work like this:

1. Drive straight to Rothenburg after arrival, stay the night.

2. Another round through RodT, maybe see the Residenz palace in Würzburg, drive to the Rhine, stay in Bingen or Bacharach or Boopard.

3. Middle Rhine (river cruise, castles etc)

4. Skip Koblenz, visit Cologne cathedral, Aachen cathedral, drive to Bruges or as far as convenient

5. Bruges

6. Bruges - Heidelberg

7. Heidelberg - Munich

8. Flight home

My recommendation would actually be to drop Bruges and everything north of the Middle Rhine. There is so much to see in Upper Franconia, along the Moselle and up the Neckar river from Heidelberg that you could spend your valuable time for much better things than for long drives on boring motorways. But it's your vacation, of course. ;-)

Champlon, Belgium
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2. Re: Help with driving itinerary

If you carry the whole plan through including the visit to Brugge you will at least have plenty of opportunity for observing one of Europe's best known but least loved tourist sights - the vast amount of truck traffic on its motorways.

Nashville, Tennessee
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3. Re: Help with driving itinerary

Thanks for you advice -- the main reason for going to the Bruges area is that I'll be performing in a concert there with a songwriter friend whose family lives near there.

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