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Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

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Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

Greetings all,

I will have a few days free after a conference to do some exploring and I'm not sure where I should go. I'll be free as of a Thursday afternoon and would need to be in Frankfurt for return flight as of noon on a Sunday, so as long as I'm only a few hours away, I think I should be able to get back to Frankfurt sunday morning, which would give me the rest of Thursday and all of Friday and Saturday for whatever. Some possibilities of places to visit for the few days would be Cologne, or maybe Strasbourg in the black forest area...or maybe even Luxembourg...all of them sound pretty interesting and within a few hours of Frankfurt. I'd also like to visit someplace that would be easy to get to and around, as my German language skills are essentially non-existant.

Does anyone have any suggestions and/or recommendations? It's much appreciated!

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1. Re: Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

The conference is - in Frankfurt?

I would suggest something like Mainz - Middle Rhine Valley - Moselle Valley - Trier - (Luxembourg) - Cologne - Frankfurt Airport







You can do the most part of this itinerary on the Rhineland-Palatinate Ticket Single (EUR 18,00). A day ticket covering all local trains in the state Rhineland-Palatinate and a bit beyond (e.g. Wiesbaden, but not Frankfurt and Bonn, but not Cologne). See this map


In the cities in Rhineland-Palatinate (e.g. Mainz, Trier) it covers also all other local public transport (buses, in Mainz also the trams).

From Trier you can buy a day ticket to Luxembourg for EUR 10,80 (Tageskarte DeLux). Luxembourg city is OK, but cannot compare e.g. with Trier. Rather a been there than a must see.

For planning you can use the DB timetable


if you like to use the RP ticket select as means of transport "only local transport".

From Cologne there are direct fast ICE trains to Frankfurt Airport which need just 1 hour for this trip (with 300 kph). Comes of course for a price.

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2. Re: Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

Abalada sums it up nicely. The Mosel and Rhine valleys offer everything you could want withut straying too far from Frankfurt.

I would leave Luxembourg out tof your plans. It really is not worth

the time unless you are in the area.

Another idea would be the Heidelberg area a few days. Very

beautiful including castles and old city charm. Nice to walk around

and very American friendly.

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3. Re: Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

Thanks for the suggestions! My conference is actually in Saarbruecken, but I believe I will be getting the chance to explore around that area during the conference itself, and was more concerned with where to go in order to be back in Frankfurt ontime for my return flight.

But it sounds like I will have plenty to see and do for my few extra days. Thanks again for the suggestions, it is definitely appreciated!

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4. Re: Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

If you have time for a day trip from Saarbruecken, I'd head south into France and see the sights of Strassbourg and Colmar with a stop at the Hochkoenigsburg castle at Selestat. It was fully restored between 1900 and 1908 to the original plan. Here are some nice pictures:


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5. Re: Where to go for 2.5 days in western germany?

The RP ticket covers also the Saarland, or more exactly the Saarland-Ticket covers also Rhineland-Palatinate. See the railroad map I posted before. Thus you can use it straight from Saarbrücken (it also covers the buses there).

Also in Rhineland-Palatinate is Speyer with its imperial cathedral and the interesting Technik-Museum.



From there it is only a short hop to Heidelberg. Speyer and Heidelberg are both inside the VRN local public transport network. A 24 hour ticket for the whole VRN area is EUR 13,00.



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Völklingen Ironworks World Heritage Site

is close to Saarbrücken and worth a visit


Strasbourg is some 1,5 hrs by train from Saarbrücken.

Hochkoenigsburg is a destination you better have a car.

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