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Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

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Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

We are flying in to Frankfurt and out of Karlsruhe. Any suggestions? Hire car/train/bus??? And if we had a few days can anyone suggest an itinerary.

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1. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

If you fly out of Karlsruhe, i.e. Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) aka Baden-Airpark, with Ryanair as I assume, are you also flying into Frankfurt (= Hahn Airport (HHN)) with Ryanair?

How many days? Time of the year? Any special interests?

Edited: 24 January 2012, 12:58
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2. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

Yes that's right , in to Frankfurt on qantas and out of Karlsruhe on Ryanair. Early June and could have up to three days (qantas flight not booked yet). We would like to get a taste of German life,love scenery and train travel, art and history.

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3. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

Frankfurt Airport is between Frankfurt and Mainz.

frankfurt-tourismus.de/cms/…home.html

mainz.de/WGAPublisher/…hpkr-5nkgnz.en.html

The Bergstrasse

www.diebergstrasse.de/index.php?id=2&L=2

Worms

www.worms.de/englisch/tourismus/index.php

Heidelberg

www.worms.de/englisch/tourismus/index.php

http://www.schloss-heidelberg.de

Speyer

www.speyer.de/de/tourist/sehenswert…

http://speyer.technik-museum.de/en

Karlsruhe

http://www.karlsruhe.de/stadt/tourismus.en

Baden-Baden

http://www.baden-baden.de

From Baden-Baden you can travel by city bus #205 directly to the Baden-Airpark (Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport).

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4. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

Have you looked at luggage limitations on Ryanair????

Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German state in which Karlsruhe lies, has many excellent places to visit. Have a look at www.baden-wuerttemberg.de , www.tourismus-bw.de , and www.schloesser-magazin.de/en for the excellent castles, palaces, monasteries and gardens operated by this German state. If not already in English, these websites can easily be changed into English by clicking somewhere on the page, typically on or by the Union Jack flag.

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5. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

Thank you both for your suggestions...yeah Ryanair luggage is very restrictive isnt it? But have paid extra for 20kgs!! The area looks lovely and we will definitely try to stay for a few days prior to our flight to Spain. Any good accommodation suggestions?

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6. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

I'd suggest you stay in Baden-Baden or perhpas Heidelberg and use that as a spot for day trips. All the towns listed by abalada are within a half hour of each up and down the line. Hedilberg is a more central location.Baden-Baden a very lovely location, with spas, etc.

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7. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

NYNM thanks, Baden-Baden does look lovely. When you say the towns are up and down the line I assume you mean rail line? Are we better off buying train passes prior to travel or when we arrive? And is it the same rail line from Frankfurt?

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8. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

With Baden-baden you are near the edge of the Black Forest, so you might go east to see.

tompgalvin.com/places/…black_forest.htm

http://www.baden-baden.de/en/

tompgalvin.com/places/…baden_baden.htm

http://www.baden-baden.de/en/tourism/

baden-baden.de/en/spahealthbeauty/index.html

You can also easily cross the Rhine west and enter France. This is the Alsace region, Strasbourg is main city but there are many other smaller ones. I suggest it; it is close yet somewhat differnent.

http://www.otstrasbourg.fr/?lang=en

http://www.tourisme-alsace.com/en/

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9. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

> When you say the towns are up and down the line I assume you mean rail line?

You could see this also as a virtual line. But there is e.g. a major train line Franfkurt Airport - Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Baden-Baden. And other one Frankfurt - Darmstadt - Heidelberg - Karlsruhe - Baden-Baden. Albeit all mentioned places are frequently served by trains.

> Are we better off buying train passes prior to travel or when we arrive?

A rail pass won't pay for. The distances are way too short. Depending on your final plans it may make sense to buy 24 hours day passes for local public transport may pay for. They cover regional trains, S-Bahn, trams (e.g. in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe) and buses.

Worms, Mannheim, Speyer and Heidelberg are inside the VRN local public transport network.

vrn.de/mam/…2012_visitorsinternational.pdf

Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden and Baden-Airpark are inside the KVV

A mini group (2-5 persons) KVV Cityplus 24 hours ticket for Baden-Baden is EUR 8,20. This tickets covers the frequent buses from Baden-Baden train station which is in the suburb Oos to Baden-Baden itself. But it would cover also a trip on the city bus line #245 to lake Mummelsee high in the Black Forest (altitude 1.036 m).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummelsee

And the city bus line #205 to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport aka Baden-Airpark (altitude 132 m).

Edited: 29 January 2012, 13:36
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10. Re: Frankfurt to Karlsruhe

Nearly all the suggestions abover are worthwhile destinations in one way or another. But limited time means limited choices. Some comments...

North of Karlsruhe: Speyer, Worms, and Mainz all have fine Romanesque cathedrals, which are maybe the main draw for the first two.

Heidelberg is a nice enough place with a handsome old town area. It's not particularly exceptional as German cities go, but OK for an afternoon on the way to somewhere else of for a short stay. It's a little tricky to use as a base because the old town, where you'd likely want to stay, is separated from the main train station, where you'll need to get to for daytrips by a healthy distance.

NYNM suggests heading south of Karlsruhe to see a little of the Black Forest and Alsace - a solid idea. The Black Forest has been somewhat less affected by the march of progress. Baden-Baden, however, is not a typical BF town at all and not a convenient base for daytripping given the distance to the train station there, and it's overwhelmed by the presence of spas and casinos, the main draw there.

A better town for the above daytrips is Gengenbach, a very handsome old-world place with old town walls and towers, cobblestones, and half-timbered buildings. It's a few minutes from Offenburg on the Black Forest Railway line and gives you a direct shot at many BF villages; for Strasbourg, connect in Offenburg.

http://www.gengenbach.info/en/tourism/

black-forest-travel.com/places-of-interest/b…

Unlike Baden-Baden, Gengenbach is part of a tourism promotion plan called Konus: a stay there gets you a free pass for rail and bus travel throughout the Black Forest region:

http://www.blackforest-tourism.com/konus