Hi! We are looking for a nice place to stay alone the Rhine the night before we fly out of FRA at 10am. An hour drive is not too far, but I would like closer, so there is less to go wrong.
The most scenic part of the Rhine is probably more than an hour away from Frankfurt. You might consider staying in Heidelberg, on the Neckar River. It is a bit to the south of Frankfurt, but actually located pretty well for reaching the airport. Gary
When leaving Germany to come home we usually stay a few nights at the Castle Aug Schonburg. It is an easy drive to the airport. We usually plan an hours drive.
The Castle Auf Schonburgh is a wonderful 1,000 year old castle. There are not a lot of rooms but they are very delux. Some overlook the Rhine and one, room 13, has its own private deck with table and chairs. It has an outdoor and indoor restaurant and the food is excellent. We love staying at the castle and the view is fantastic.
The castle, Aug Schonburgh, is located above the town of Oberwesel.
But this is more than an hours drive away.
Mainz or Wiesbaden. These cities have at least more old world charm than Frankfurt. I would return the car there on arrival day and public transport next morning to Frankfurt Airport. Eliminating the risk of rush hour traffic jams.
the Rheingau: famous wine area west of Wiesbaden
Here staying at or with view on the Rhine is possible.
the Bergstrasse: another wine area south of Darmstadt
In the Upper Rhine Valley - which is however here 40 or more kilometers wide and the Bergstrasse is along the Odenwald upland. A region famous for having the earliest Spring in Germany. Coming from this area you'll also the least traffic problems towards Frankfurt Airport.
Hmm, I could be mistaken but I thought we usually planned a hours drive plus an allowance for traffic? The Auf Schonburg, [original link] is spelled two different ways in their communication with us but both will get their web site.
Even if you have to plan a little extra driving time it is well worth it.
I would actually extend the range 20 km beyond Mainz/Wiesbaden to Bingen:
comparing Mainz and Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden overall arguably is the prettier place.
A bit beyond Wiesbaden is the charming _Rheingau town of Eltville:
This has already rightly been brought up by abalada, I think. The Rheingau is very roughly speaking on the opposite bank to Bingen which is on the same bank as Mainz.
BTW, abalada is right in mentioning that the whole area heavily suffers from traffic suggestion. Unfortunately, rail isn't always a safer option either. Last year I was coming from Mainz using the train to connect me with Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof in order to catch an ICE train to BErlin.... the 30 km or so to Frankfurt took me 1 bloody hour because there were construction sites all along the tracks.
The 1 hour is good for a rough limitation of your range. When actually flying out, you must take into account the congestion. If you can, do rent a GPS satnav with TMC pro function which will receive the latest traffic information through RDS FM radio and guide you around the biggest obstructions.
LOL traffic suggestion -- I mean of course CONgestion! LOL
I usually opt for a closer hotels the night before. I know this is not along the Rhine, but this is one of the hotels very close to the airport with a shuttle service.
I turn in the rental car the night before and relax for the last few hours in Germany.
They have excellent food, a swimming pool and I just generally relax knowing I do not have to worry about traffic at all.
Allen, they also have a good breakfast there and they will drop you off at the right terminal for your flight.
There is a walking path around the back side that you can see from the dinning room.
If you go out the front door turn left and go around the building you will see the path. We've found it to be a nice walk along a lake and a pleasant way to end our journey.
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