After studying books and boat and train schedules for several days, I am now confused about the best thing to do with 3 days, 3 nights in the Rhine area.
Arriving Frankfurt Airport around 8 am from U.S. Planning to take train to Bingen - or Boppard? -- have lunch and then take KD Boat to Bacharach where I am in the process of making reservations at the Kranenturn Hotel for one night - to enjoy the town and the wine.
I am not sure we will have enough time to make the 11:30 boat at Bingen which only goes to Boppard which is why I am thinking maybe we should just go to Boppard by train directly, have lunch and take the later KD boat to Bacharach. Or is lunch in Bingen a pleasant thing to do?
The next day we were planning to take the boat to St. Goar, see the Rheinfels castle, and then take the train to Cochem to stay overnight. The last day we were planning to spend the day doing the (difficult I understand but well worth it) trip by train to Moselkern and then hike up to Burg Eltz (unless we can get some public transportation somehow from Cochem). The next day we take the train from Cochem to Bamberg.
But reading your forums -- I now see that several people advised going to Braubach instead of St. Goar and seeing their castle. But I don't know if we can get a train that runs often from there on the other side of the river to Cochem (via Koblentz).
We are planning to buy a Germany Railpass and also am not sure whether the local regional trains are covered or only DB trains. If not, it is not worth the extra cost for an extra day for the Bacharach-Cochem trip (although with the Twin pass it may be worth it).
Any suggestions for our itinerary are welcome!
I know, these are a lot of questions. But I am so confused now and we are leaving May 3 so time is running out! Any help is greatly appreciated.