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profile member asked on Jan 1, 2011

Where to make our home base

My friends and I are traveling to Western Germany in July 2011. We would appreciate help deciding what town or city to make our home base and some help finding accomodations in the area. Here are a few details of our trip.
We are a group of about 10 adults in our 30s, staying 4 nights in Western Germany. We will be in Paris prior to Western Germany and Amsterdam afterwards. We will be traveling by Rail, and I am the only one who speaks some German. We are interested in experiecing as much of the history, culture, beauty, food, wine and people of Western Germany as we can in such a short time period.
Here are a few places we are already interested in seeing.
Koblenz, Burg Eltz, Cochem, the Middle Rhine River valley, Mainz, the UNESCO sites (Speyer, Lorsch, Bruhl), Lorelay, Koln (Cologne), Aachen.
I'm leaning towards Koblenz as a home base, and visiting Northern places like Cologne, Bruhl and Aachen on our way to Amsterdam. I have never visited this region of Western Germany so I would greatly appreciate guidance on the best places to stay and sites to find apartments or other accomodations for a group like ours.
Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

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2 Answers

answered on 1/1/11 by
a VT member from Germany

It's not in Rheinland Pfalz, but just on the border: Mannheim. Since it's one of main trains hubs in the area, you could just take the trains from there. The train from Paris stops in Mannheim, Speyer is very close, as is Lorsch.
Koblenz is also a good base, but more changes to get there coming from Paris.
You could also split up your days, two in Mannheim and two in Koblenz.

No matter what you decide, with a group of ten it's essential to book ahead, especially in July. The tourist information in Mannheim will be able to help you, they are very friendly and helpful there.
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answered on 1/2/11 by
a VT member from Vienna

Koblenz is a perfect place for exploring the Rhine and Mosel-area and also as a good place to stay athome on a rainy day or doing a night-stroll or shopping etc.
Along the river Rhine you have a trainline on both banks of the river and in many places you also can change by ferryboat to the other side easily (at least during daylight, after the rushhour most of these ferries stop!)
Along the Mosel there is only 1 trainline along the river with ferries as well and the train covers most of the sights.
Burg Eltz is a bit further from the Mosel
You definitely need a reservation for such a group

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