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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2015
Halloween, Allerheiligen, Allerseelen  (2 Answers)

I will be in Freiburg 30th Oct - 2nd Nov. I've just realised that this covers Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day. I suspect (to be honest, I hope) that Badners don't celebrate Halloween in the same tacky(!) way as the USA and latterly the UK. In fact, isn't the Germans' use of 'Halloween' Denglish? What was wrong with 'Vorabend vom Allerheiligenfest'?! Question: On Nov 1 and Nov 2 do any traditional events relating to Allerheiligen and Allerseelen take place in Südbaden? Would need to be accessible by train or bus from Freiburg.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2015
From Basel going by train traveling to Heidelberg what is interesting to visit in 4 days?  (3 Answers)

We are traveling from Basel by train ending up in Heidelberg and what is interesting to visit in 4 days? And are interested in historic quaint, interesting villages to walk around, good food and local beer and breweries. Villages with the centers reasonably a short walk, less than 1 Km, to the train station. All suggestions are greatly appreciated.?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2015
4 days in Baden-Wurttemberg  (5 Answers)

Hello everybody, we are planning to stay for 4 nights in Bad-Herrenalb to explore the area of the Black Forest. We are a married couple with a 2-year old girl.

We think of making day trips to Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, plus Heidelberg on the way back home.
I have the following questions:
1. Could you suggest any other sight that is a must-see around the area - e.g. castles, small villages etc. Preferably something not more than 40' drive away from Bad-Herrenalb.
2. Do you believe that any of the above cities could be replaced by another? E.g. Munster.
3. Do you think that we could be able to see the main sights of those cities in just one day, i.e. 6-7 hours, given that we should take the child's needs under consideration?
4. Any suggestions for a parking place at those cities. It is always stressful to go into a new city by car and it is helpful to have a clue where to go.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2014
Transfer Time for Train in Germany  (4 Answers)

Is 5 minute sufficient for transferring from Track 3 to Track 8 in Kaiserslautern Hbf station?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2014
Europa-park, any tips?  (1 Answer)

In the summer where going to europa-park. We are staying in the colosseo hotel. What are the things we can't miss, and how are the waiting times, and are there advantages of staying in a hotel,

thanks, linde

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2012
Things to see enroute from Basel to Hohenzollern Castle  (4 Answers)

We will be in Basel in 2 weeks and plan to visit at least 1 German castle near Basel. I chose a day trip to Hohenzollern castle based on pictures, description and the proximity from Basel.

What is your experience about this castle? It's near Hechingen.

What other places do you recommend on the way to/from Basel. We have a rental car.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2012
Photo - where is it?

Could anyone familiar with the Black forest or Schwaebischen Alb look at my "other photos from Germany" and tell me where the photo is taken labelled Village in Black Forest. I,m deleting some photos and re inserting them seeing the new format gives a much clearer image.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2011
White Christmas?

Hi all.

Me and the girlfriend have booked ourselfs an apartment just south of Bonndorf and was wondering if anyone would know if there is likely to be a white christmas?

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2011
Wiesensteig, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

I need a bit of help. Does anybody knows anything about house in Wiesensteig in which Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was born? If it still exists, good quality photo will be of the great use for me. Help, please.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2011
Plan of our vacation in Black Forest  (5 Answers)

We are 4 persons 60 + who want to make a relaxing holiday in the Black Forest, in October. We want to enjoy the beautiful scenery, to visit some castles, some towns and picturesque villages, to go slowly, without hurry and enjoy every moment.
As many sites can be easily reached by train, we shall rent a car for only one week when we visit places not so easy accessible by train.

We shall stay in Offenburg.
Our plan is as follows:

Day 1: Arrive Offenburg by train, from Frankfurt. See Offenburg
Day 2: by train to Strasbourg
Day 3: Take car for 7 days. Sigmaringen castle and Rottweil
Day 4: Ludwigsburg palace and Pumpkin festival - by car
Day 5 : Hohenzollern castle - by car
Day 6: Glatt castle, Tubingen, Esslingen - by car
Day 7: Colmar - by car
Day 8: Baden-Baden, Maulbronn ,Lauffen, Besigheim - by car
Day 9: Hausach, Triberg, Titisee - by car
Day 10: Konstanz - train ; we do not go to Meersburg and other places around lake, as we saw them in another trip.
Day 11: Freiburg - train
Day 12: Heidelberg - train
Day 13: Gengenbach, Lahr - Chrisantemum festival - train
Day 14 - Lahr , in the evening go to Frankfurt to return home

Is it a good plan? Please comment / advise.
Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2011
What to choose?  (2 Answers)

I try to finsih the plan of our trip in Black Forest - October 2011. I made a long list of things to visit, but the time will not allow us to see every thing I listed.
We are interested to see castles, nice architecture, small picturesque villages / towns, great churches.

I would like to know your opinion about the following:

1. To visit or not Stuttgart. I am not interested in car museum. I see that there are some castles to be visited.
2. Between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, what you recommend? Any of them?
3. Between Rottweil and Freundenstadt what to select? I see that it is easier to go Freundenstadt (direct train from Offenburg, where our hotel is).
4. Or, between Hausach, Gegenbach, Rottweil and Freundenstadt ?

We plan to go to all these by train (we shall have car for a week, to visit another places).

Can you please help?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2011
Baden-Württemberg ticket  (6 Answers)

We are 4 people travelling together, so we are thinking to buy this type of ticket for most of the days.
Can somebody tell me more about this ticket:
- when we buy them by internet or at train station, must we specify the days, or each day we want to use it a ticket, we stamp it and this is enough?
- can we buy them in Offenburg train station?
- if we want to use a fast train, IC, etc..can this ticket be used just by paying a small addition?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2011
Offenburg accommodation  (10 Answers)

Can somebody recommend a good pension or gasthause in Offenburg, near train station? We shall not have a car and intend to make day trips in Black Forest, so it will be easy if we are near the railway station.
We need a clean, nice pension, it will be great to have a studio. The breakfast it is not a must for us, if we have the possibility to make a coffee it will be OK. As we intend to rent a car for two days, we need also the have the possibility to park it near the pension.
We are two families, so we need two rooms / studios / apartments. We prefer at the ground floor, or if not, to have elevator (because of the luggages).

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2011
Black Forest - where to stay?  (3 Answers)

We plan to visit Black Forest at end of October, during Chrysanthemums show in Lahr.
We will have no car, we shall travel by train.
Our plan is to make day trips to (we shall have 10-14 days):
- Titisee
- Hohenzollern castle
- Konstanz
- Freiburg
- Colmar
- Triberg
- Gegenbach
- Baden-Baden
- Rottweil

As we decided to make this trip because of Lahr – Chrysanthemums festival, our first intention was to find a pension or a hotel in Lahr and to make day trips from there. I understand that in this case we shall receive a Konus card, which gives us free transport on regional trains.

But, it seems that the train station in Lahr is far from the center of the town and as we plan to make almost daily trips, it will be not so easy.
Because of this, we think that maybe to stay in Offenburg is a better solution, as there will have also more train options.

At this point, my questions are:
- Where is better to stay: In Lahr, in Offenbeurg or in other town (taking in consideration the day trips by train)
- What other place to visit do you recommend to add in the above list?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2011
Chrysanthemums show in Lahr  (2 Answers)

I just received some pictures of chrysanthemums show in Lahr. There are so beautiful as we are thinking now to visit Lahr this autumn!
I would like to receive opinions about show and city from people who saw it in the past.

This year the show will be from 22 Oct.. I am afraid that it will not be a so good weather then, but..nobody can be sure.

What do you recommend to visit around? To stay in Lahr or in other place and just go for one day to Lahr? I see that Stuttgard, Baden-Baden, Konstanz are some 100- 125 Km from there , so we can visit them.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2010
need transportation mainz to huffenhardt PLEASE  (3 Answers)

How can I get from Mainz boat dock to huffenhardt and return same day on oct 25 or 26 to check family history? A guide would be nice -and what are options and charges
please help with fastest way and details. how far is it and send schedule from port in Mainz. thanks mike in Georgia USA 770-979-3051- please need answer by 10-22 Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2010
Freiburg with a 4 year old  (10 Answers)

We would like to visit Freiburg on late October 2010 for 6 days
We are a couple, a 4 yo girl and a newborn
I need assistance organizing our trip

Do you think October is ok for us? (we are Greek so it is colder than Athens everywhere, but will we survive? )

Which hotel would be nice and not very expensive? Do you know any search engines that are flexible with dates and hotels?

Which is the closest airport?

We might rent a car. Which places can we visit there so your little girl finds some interest? Is it easy to travel by car or you can't find parkingplace?

If we want to go to Basel, do you have to stay there? or you can drive there and back in one day?

I will think of some more questions and get back to you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2010
Heidelberg or Karlsruhe  (8 Answers)

I am thinking of having a 3 night break from the UK and was thinking of going to Karlsruhe or Heidelberg, which one would you recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2010
scenic drive/day trip in the Black Forest from Freiburg  (2 Answers)

Hi to follow on from my previous question, I have no decided to stay in Freiburg for 2 days.

I intend to spend one day visiting Colmar and exploring Freiburg and I would like to take a scenic drive the next day and spend 3/4 hrs touring the Black Forest and stopping somewere pleasant for lunch before returning to Freiburg for the evening.

I appreciate this a short time to see the Black Forest but it would be helpfu if anyone could point out a good route to drive to get the most out of my short time in the Black Forest and also some places to stop over for photographs and lunch and refreshements etc.

We are travelling with our infant son so we would like to break up the drive with a few stopovers.

Thanks in Advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2010
Tell me about Stein, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany?  (4 Answers)

trying to help a friend with family search. Looking for Keck in Wurtemberg... and Zipse in Stein, Baden, Germany. Can anyone tell me about these names and towns? I am suspicious that the family may have changed the spellings. What do you think?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2009
How Far?  (8 Answers)

Is Baden-Wurttemberg close to Karlsruhe?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2009
Frankfurt - Karlsbad  (1 Answer)

Hi I want to travel from Frankfurt to Karlsbad (precise location- SRH Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach D-76307 Karlsbad)Can anybody help me with the most preferred mode of travel and its cost??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2009
Biking in the Black Forest  (2 Answers)

A friend and I are studying abroad in Heidelberg and are looking to take a day trip to the black forest to take in the scenery and enjoy this beautiful spring weather we have been getting. We were curious if any one had suggestions as to the cheapest/fastest way to any black forest destination which will offer a nice biking trip. Frieberg and Triberg both sounded great but they are further south then we would like considering we have classes and only want to miss one day. Any northern black forest destination or suggestions for cheap means of travel would be great.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2008
Theme park or funfair close to Freiburg?  (6 Answers)

This was the question. I plan to come to this area in middle of Oktober with my 8 year old daughter. I plan to rent a car so if something intresting is happening a little farther it will not be a problem to get there. Thank you forward to suggesting.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2008
Lockers in Villigen-Schwenningen train station?  (1 Answer)

Are there lockers at the Villigen-Schwenningen train station? Has anyone been to the Burgertrutz und Pulverdampf? Is it worth a visit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2008
where to buy coo coo clocks  (1 Answer)


where is the best place to buy a coo coo clocks in the black forest?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2008
Change the train at Plochingen main train station in 8 minutes, please help!!!  (2 Answers)

Anybody please advises me thisis the first time in Germany,
I'll go to Tuebingen on 31/1 from Munich and I must
chage the train at Plochingen station :

München Hbf dep 08:41 15
Plochingen arr 10:49 1
Plochingen dep 10:57 59

So I'd like to know at Plochingen HBF whether platform 1 is far from platform 59?
Because I'll travel with my 1 year old child and a very big suitcases.
Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 20, 2008
Family Friendly/scenic/historical sites  (7 Answers)

Our family of four will be traveling to the Flumserberg region of Switzerland in Mid March of 2008. With two kids, 11 and 13, we are looking for some suggestion for a day trip or two to Germany. We will be traveling by car and would like to visit some family friendly/scenic/historical areas in this part of Germany.

We are already planning a visit to the Lake Constance area.

We have also found two castles in Fussen (Neuchwanstein and Hohenschwangau)that look like fun, but are not sure if these would be worth the 5-6 hour round trip driving time.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

We also be posting questions like this for Austria and Lichtenstein too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2007
Pleidelsheim to Frankfurt Airport Terminal 2  (1 Answer)

Are there any more direct options for getting to Frankfurt Airport by train from around Pleidelsheim (Ludwigsburg, Bietigheim etc) than heading into Stuttgart and then out to Frankfurt? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2007
Looking to get to know people  (3 Answers)

Hello everyone, I am currently an university student in Michigan most likely going to be an exchange student at Uni-Heidelberg next year. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in chatting with me, as I do not know anyone in that part of Germany. Not only would it make the trip seem a little less isolating, if anyone would be willing to let me practice my German with them, it would be appreciated. There is a serious lack of conversation partners here, so even communicating via e-mail or instant messenger would be a major help. Thank you!


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