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a VirtualTourist member from Willimantic asked on Jul 14, 2015


Stayig 4 nights in Germany...any "must see" or "must do"?

My daughter and I are visiting Germany in August. We are flying to Dusseldorf, but have purchased rail passes. Our main restriction is time. Is there anything we should make a point to see? Cities we can/should travel to? Thanks for any information!

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answered on 7/14/15 by
a VT member from Vienna

Make a cruise on the river Rhine, but not from Düsseldorf, but start in Koblenz UPwards in direction of Ruedesheim or Bingen ! That is the best part with mountains and castles and including the train from DD a whole day will be enough :
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on the way to Koblenz you might want to get out of the train in Köln / Cologne to see the cathedral, that is just opposite of the main train station of Köln !

answered on 7/14/15 by
a VT member from Vienna

also in some doable distance from DD: Heidelberg is also a great daytrip from Düsseldorf,
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maybe in combination with SPEYER
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answered on 7/15/15 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

You'll find all train times, details and fares in English on the official German railway website:

German trains are very easy to use, although whether a railpass will be financially worthwhile for you is a matter of debate. Even with your pass you will need to make (and pay for) seat reservations on the fast ICE trains. You'll need to do this at the railway station, so do allow yourselves enough time.

Duesseldorf itself is surprisingly interesting, so you might want to spend a day exploring (perhaps the day you arrive or the day before you fly back):

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It is not clear whether you are basing yourselves in Duesseldorf and making day trips by train or whether you want to move around during your 4 days?

I'd agree that Koblenz deserves a visit for itself:

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There are plenty of short boat trips on the Mosel and the Rhein on offer.

Or, if you stayed overnight in Koblenz, you could take the train to Bingen am Rhein (a very pleasant little settlement):

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and then take the 4-hour boat trip back to Koblenz, castle-spotting all the way and seeing the Loreley, before travelling back by train in the evening.

This is the boat we used for that journey on our recent VT trip:

Both Heidelberg and Speyer are full of history and interest and you might also consider Koeln/Cologne, for its magnificent cathedral:

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Or perhaps go over the border into the Netherlands to visit Eindhoven?

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answered on 7/15/15 by
a VT member from Rhode Island

Our personal favorite was Heidelberg, the castle and the sweet little town. The views from the castle are stellar.

answered on 7/15/15 by
a VT member from San Francisco

Just returned from that part of Germany. My wife and I trekked along the borders of Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands. Number of wonderful cities. I wanted to show her the beauty and good walking cities. If large cities at least the places to go where you can get the small town feeling.

- Aachen (orginally found as a Roman "bath" due to the hot springs; love the city center)
- Friedberg (north of Frankfurt)
- Frankfurt (by the water; not far from the Downtown Hilton; good walking and shopping)
- Kolin / Cologne
- Kiel (north; port city)

- Strasbourg (one of our favorites)
- Metz

- Liege
- Ghent


answered on 7/15/15 by
a VT member

You even can travel to the southwest of Germany, maybe to the black forest or the region south of Stuttgart. Because of highspeed railroad between Köln and Frankfurt and further to Stuttgart, the travelling time from Düsseldorf is just about 3-4 hours. So you have good possibilities to vist towns like Stuttgart or Karlsruhe and going to the black forest, for example.

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