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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2015
Route information

Hi. I am new on VT.

what is the most scenic route from Nurburgring to Hook of Holland please?

We will be travelling in an American Motorhome - size of a tour bus - but have car with us too for sight seeing in villages etc.
many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 24, 2014
Strasbourg - Bingen - Rhine cruise  (11 Answers)

My wife and I would like to travel from Strasbourg to Bingen by train on May 30 to make a Rhine day cruise on May 31 from Bingen to Braubach or possibly Koblenz. We need to be in Dusseldorf on June 1,

Our questions are:

1. What's the best train/bus to take from Strasbourg if you know it to get to Bingen?
(Should we buy the train and then cruise tickets beforehand?)

2. What hotels would you recommend to stay in Bingen (2-3 stars are OK)?

3. What boat should we take (we'll travel with 2 suitcases, will we be able to safely store them somewhere on the boat during the cruise or we'll have to return to Bingen to pick them from the hotel)?

4. Where (what town/city) would you advise us to spend the evening/night of May 31st?

Thank you for your time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 15, 2014
Rhine/Moselle Christmas Markets  (2 Answers)

We are a group of 8 visiting hopefully the markets of Cologne, Koblenz,, Bernkastel-Kuel, Cochem, Rudesheim and Mainz. We can fly to/from Cologne and Frankfurt/Hahn.
Can anyone help with the best route for visiting these markets and also the best mode of transport between them?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 04, 2013
Train to Frankfurt  (4 Answers)

My husband will be working in Landstuhl this summer, and I will be joining him for part of the time. I return home before him, and therefore have to get myself from Landstuhl to the airport. I am going to take the train, but my flight is in the morning, so my train leaves at 5:15 am. I am a bit nervous about travelling by myself that early in the morning. Will the train be somewhat full early on a weekday? I'd actually feel better if there were more people around than being by myself. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 19, 2012
service dog/guide dog  (9 Answers)

Hello: My husband is disabled and we travel with his service/guide dog. In the USA, Federal law guarantees access to my husband and the dog anywhere to which the "general public" is admitted...restaurants, hotels, etc. Is there such a aw in Germany? Or are service dogs generally admitted without a problem to such places as restaurants, pensions, "zimmer frei" type accomodation? Thanks for any advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2012
Travelling the Rhine from Frankfurt and back to Frankfurt in two days  (2 Answers)

THank you for your previous informative answers.

We have now booked our air ticket and now require a little more info based on our times. This is how it goes. We arrive in Frankfurt on a Saturday morning at 10:15am. This will be used as a quick stop over before heading back home in order to have a quick experience on the Rhine. As you can see we have just about two days in Germany.

My thoughts are to leave our luggagein a locker (or the like - please advise) overnight at the airport, travel down the Rhine on a ferry, stay over in a little town for one night and then take the train back to Frankfurt the next day:

I know that FRakfurt airport is a massive airport. How do we find out ahead of time which terminal we will be arriving in from Milan and which terminal we will depart from to fly to South Africa?

I presume this will help us as to wher we can leave our luggage. Could you help with this?leave our luggage over night at the airport so that we do not have to lug it around the two days and have only a small overnight bag each. Is it safe to do this and what would the cost be?

(b) Do you know if it is possible to check in our luggage on the Saturday when we arrive for our flight on Sunday - do you know if this is possible?

I believe that the ferry schedules have not yet been released for the beginning of June. WOuld you recommend that we sightsee in Frankfurt at all or should we head of straight to Mainz or Bingen to start our Rhine ferry ride?

Do you recommend that we we go to Mosel (do we have time)?

Do you recommend that we make some stops to view some castles or little towns along the way? If so which places and how long will we require at each stop?

Which town do you recommend we stay over one night before catching the train back to Frankfurt. Should Koblenz be our last stop and should we stay over here?

6.Is it better to do the ferry ride and train trip on the same day and stay the night in Frankfurt instead and explore a little of Frankfurt before our departure?

Is it worth seeing a little of Frankfurt or should we just stick to the Rhine?

Would you recommend taking a non-stop train ride back to Mainz, Bingen or Frankfurt or should we stop over somewhere along the way? If so which stops do you recommend? What lines and approx costs.

Is there any additional information you can give me on the Rhine, ferrys, weather, schedules, tours or sites that might help or that you can recommend etc

So excited. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 16, 2012
Travel & advice for cruise between Mainz & Koblenz  (2 Answers)

We are flying through Frankfurt and would like to stop over in this city just to take the cruise along the rhine from Mainz to Koblenz.
We really only have either one or two days at the most to explore this part of the river before we head back to Frankfurt before we fly out of Germany. (we still need to schedule our flight out based on whether we will spend one or two days).

We are hoping to arrive in Frankfurt by the latest midday on the 1st or 2nd of May. We would then either need to stay over one night in Frankfurt or rather in town (or koblenz) and then return to Frankfurt the next day to ensure our flight departure in the evening. I think the latter would be a better option.

Please can you assist us with the following:
• How long does it take from Frankfurt to Mainz/bingen and what method of transport would you recommend we take to get us there? Aprox costs would be great.
• How often to the ferries leave from Mainz and return?
• How long would it take us to get from Mainz to Koblenz without getting off?
What about if we decided to do some of the other KD river options? Could you advise how these time slots would work and could you provide us with some sort of time itinerary to work with? Essentially we would like the opportunity to hop on and off the ferry to visit one or two spots along the way, however I'm not sure if we have the time to do this and how the ferries actually work and the frequency of it all.
* What about going to the river Mosel. I believe it s gorgeous. Would we have time to go there?
* What time do the ferries start and stop operating?
• Do we purchase our tickets on line, through you or at the port on the day?
• What are the costs for the day tickets
• Now what is the best way to return back to Frankfurt, ensuring that we get back to Frankfurt on time to catch our flight out. (we would need to be back by no later than 5pm.
• Would you suggest catching the boat back to Frankfurt or catching the train to ensure we get back on time

I know there area lot of questions, however your advice and expertise would be greatly appreciated.

On one other note. If we had to travel from Amsterdam to Mainz (or Mainz to AMsterdam). How long would that trip take and is it at all possible without going on an expensive boat cruise. If anyone can offer a good alternative to overinflated prices or a smaller type private cruise this would be most helpful. If this is an option, please bare in mind that we will have quite a considerable amount of baggage so this would be the determining factor.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 04, 2012
Suggestions regarding rhineland secluded walks.  (13 Answers)

For those of you who may recognize my other recent posts...planning is moving along well and I am developing a much more flexible itinerary...I will update those other threads when I have some real meat to contribute...


I am looking for some suggestions on where I might be able to accomplish the scenario described below. It is this very scenario that, despite all the other things that can be done from Munich to Amsterdam and all parts in between, will make my satisfaction of our family trip complete. It will be a solo adventure, as my kids and wife do not find heavy physical strain as being a part of legitimate fun. On the contrary, I find the harder I work while having fun, the more meaningful the fun is. The rest of the trip will be about eager togetherness, and promoting the satisfaction of my other family members. But this one morning will be "about me".

So here it is: slap a daypack on my back (inside this pack: various hard cheeses, some smoked meat, some heavy bread, lots of fancy mustard, water, flask of scotch, a nice cuban cigar, plus everything one needs to have a safe and happy walk through the mountain side). At the crack of dawn I start climbing up a trail-less-travelled from the valley floor, probably along a trail with some history I can research before hand. As I climb quitely up the trail I come across various creatures that are active at this time of day (deer etc) they dash off as they see me on my quiet approach. They disappear into the mist that commonly exists on such hill slopes as dawn grows lighter. As I climb higher the trees start to thin out and I come across a clearing at the crest of one of the hills. Its later in the morning now. Since I left so early, I am now a little hungry even though its not quite noon yet. This particular clearing just so happens to contain the recognizable ruins of a dilapidated minor castle or roman-structure that has been largely ignored in favor of other sites. None-the-less, I have some knowledge of the place due to research done previously at home. As I explore the place I am able to apply that knowledge to gain a much deeper appreciation of the structure, of the region, of the history. Because of this I form a memorable bond with this place. I sit down on a rock in the clearing, pull out my food items and fashion a brunch-like picnic. During the meal I start to enjoy a little bit of the scotch (something nice, but more like a sherry-aged scotch as opposed to a smokey-peat scotch. I finish this off with more of the scotch and the cigar. All the time I am able to gaze down on the river valley as it comes alive. Further, since I am on the crest of the hill I can appreciate a 360 vista of the region and neighboring regions. I descend back down the trail, meet up with my family and the family holiday continues. But along the trail, even though it is mostly secluded, I come across a few chance people who, either locals or tourists, understand the same vision-quest I and they are having. We chat casually and slightly longer than briefly. But it is because of this chance encounter, we ultimately make a connection that lasts through long distance communication and the beginnings of a fellow-traveler-friendship begins.

Of course, that's the over-idealized version of this. But it is this "connection with the earth" that what makes my spirit soar. Mix in the relevance to human history, and with the personal discovery of someone of similar spirit that make my trip as pinnacle as ever a trip could be.

As you can imagine, none of this scenario will just happen without some forethought. Much of this scenario will only happen based on luck. But without preparation, luck can never be.

So, assuming my family and I are spending 6 nights (July 31-Aug 5) in the Rhine region, broken up between Bacharach, Cochem and Koblenz. We chose these spots largely due to their location. Strategic planning will place us such that we can explore all of the Rhine middle section and the Mosel while leaving us in Koblenz on the last day when we need to depart towards Koeln. Further, this will reduce the amount of travel time by changing the "home-base" as we progress along (thus increasing "do time").

There you have it...once again I type too much.

But, does anyone have any suggestions where I might find a nice "nature walk" in this region that satisfies some of these "expectations"?

1 secluded/less-traveled
2 somewhat strenuous
3 nice view at the top
4 maybe a minor ruins at the top that hasn't been tourist-ized or is off bounds due to heritage research
5 still known by people of like mind/locals and so isn't totally deserted

I've done some research on line but nothing really seems to come up. But then again, by the very nature of the "expectations" it seems obvious that this place would elude me on internet search. I think I need to ask people who have been there, or maybe have/are still living there....

As always, I do warmly welcome and greatly appreciate all feedback



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2011
Drive all along the river Mosel from Koblenz to Tier?  (2 Answers)


I'll make a road trip, I already have an itinerary and I can not change much, I wonder if it worth instead of going by the highway to stay all along the river Mosel from Koblenz to Tier, and how long will it take by this road?

The idea is to have lunch in the city of luxamburg in the afternoon is planned to make another road along the river Semois already in Belgium.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2011
cycling tour on the Moselle  (2 Answers)

While on holiday in July in Germany I am planning to join up on a cycling tour along the Moselle that I have seen on the website. There are a few to choose from. I wonder what people's opinion is about the best section to do. If I do the shortest one (5days,4 nights), Trier to Cochem, will I be missing a must-see section, such as between Merzig or Saarburg and Trier? I am hoping to visit Saarburg, but it doesn't have to be as part of the cycle tour.

I know that I could cycle without being part of a tour, but since I am coming from Australia I think I would be better off on a tour, at least for a first visit!

I would appreciate any comments,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2011
Discovering Mosel  (3 Answers)

I need your help...we have just decided to discover during the next weekend -we are presently in Belgium- the pretty Valley of the Mosel, from Koblenz to Trier.
all information will be greatly appreciated.
What are the small towns and villages not to be missed?
Do you know any vineyards where it's possible to make wine tasting?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 01, 2011
Where to make our home base  (2 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 30, 2010
Cochem area  (4 Answers)

Hello, we are looking for Bed and Breakfast/guesthouses in the Rhine area. We prefer smaller towns. I've just kind of looked by "googling", but keep getting expensive hotels listed. We are looking for small, family run places. Thanks for any help. We will be driving our own vehicle, by the way...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 14, 2010
KD Cruises  (11 Answers)

Should I get my tickets for August in advance or will I be ok just getting them on the day of?

I'm going from Oberwesel to Assmannshausen as early as possible on Aug 7th and will return as late as possible. I will also go from Oberwesel to Koln on the Aug 8th.

Thanks for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 13, 2010
Koln vs. Koblenz?  (3 Answers)

What does everyone think of Koln vs. Koblenz?

They both sound and look worth the visit. Is there possibly one that is easiest to travel to Paris from? Or does anyone think that one is a required stop compared to the other? I will be taking the KB from Oberwesel on Aug 7 and will spend the the rest of the day and a night where I end. I will then be taking the train to Paris on the 8th. Mind you I could be convinced to leave for Paris on the 9th.

Also, would a stop of 2 or 3 hours in Bacharach en route from Oberwesel be worth it or would we really not be there long enough? Or would those hours be better spent where I end?

Thanks for the help! =D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 17, 2009
Lander Ticket info  (1 Answer)

Does anyone know if the Lander Ticket that lets us travel all day in the Rheinland-Pfalz area includes free travel on KD boats? We have the option of using a rail pass day that gives us that coverage but the Lander Ticket is a more economical option. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 14, 2009
Frankfurt Airport  (2 Answers)

It's been a while since we flew in or out of Frankfurt from US. Do most all international flights going to and from Terminal 1? I keep looking at train schedules and probably ought to know that for sure! Two other things on airport: ATM machines? Tchibo coffee? These both available in arrival hall? Got to be sure that I can get essentials right away!

Thanks, Kathy

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 05, 2009
from Bacharach to Interlaken Switzerland  (1 Answer)

In June of next year we will be traveling by train from Bacharach (or St Goar, haven't made up our minds which) to Interlaken. We have two nights to do this and I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion of something nice to see in that time. Can either be two nights at one place or (slightly less appealing) one night each in two. We've spent a lot of time in Switzerland so probably looking for something in Germany. We really prefer small towns, natural beauty. Thanks for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2009
Any recomendations on Mosel cruise  (3 Answers)

My wife and along with another couple are staying 3 days in Bacharach. We are going to take one day to see the Rhein and would like to spend another day @ Burg Eltz. After seeing the castle we would like to take a cruise on the Mosel. 1) Any recomendations on a cruisline or a common place they launce from (like Rudesheim on the Rhein) & 2> would you recomend a cruise on the mosel. Is this something that would be nice is what I mean. Thank you very much for your time....gustave

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 21, 2009
Help on itinerary for Rhineland and Stuttgart  (17 Answers)

Hi everyone!

I'm currently planning my honeymoon and will be visiting the rhine region as the last leg of our trip. We're flying in from Reykjavik and likely landing in Frankfurt Hahn, and I'd like your opinion on the itinerary below.

1. Flight gets in to Frankfurt Hahn at about 8.30pm. Am deciding between the cities Koblenz, Cologne and Trier. Staying for 2 nights and hoping to explore at least 2 of the towns.

2. Am thinking of staying in a castle and am thinking of castle Liebenstein at Kamp-Bornhofen for 2 nights. Hoping to cover the last town that wasn't done in part 1 above, and also St. Goar. Basically will be cruising along the river. Would anyone have other romantic hotels in mind that's hopefully, not too expensive? My budget is limited to a max 150 Euro (Ouch!) a night and this will be the most lavish part of the trip.

3. Shopping at outlet city, Metzingen. Am thinking whether staying in Stuttgart for 2 nights is a good choice or maybe i should pick a town along the rhine and do a 1 day trip to Metzingen from there? Any suggestions please? I will be leaving for Frankfurt airport directly on this last leg on a 10pm flight.

Appreciate all your advice please? Danke Schon!

Best regards

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 17, 2009
Nice place to stay night before flying out of FRA  (10 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 05, 2009
Trying to find farm/restaraunt/hotel in country  (4 Answers)

Some years ago I visited a castle ruin not far from Trifels and Berwartstein, but I'm not sure if it was in France or Germany. From the castle ruin, you could see a farm/restaraunt across the valley that had hotel rooms. We drove from the castle to this restaraunt, and had a wonderful meal. It had maybe a dozen or so hotel rooms, and the farm was right outside the door.

I've been unable to find this place since, but would love to return. Any ideas?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2008

Hello! My name is Meagan and I am an senior ay Wayne High School. And I am doing a report on Rheinland and I was wondering if there is any information that you could give me. Like what there is to do for fun and or whats the weather like.

Thank you
Meagan Sylvia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2008
Traffic  (1 Answer)

Hi Locals!

Just wondering what traffic would be like on the rheinstrasse between Bingen and Sankt Goar on the way to Burg Eltz on Monday May 12th



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 11, 2008
Wellness and Hotels  (3 Answers)

My wife and I will have the chance in August to drive from London to Koblenz and then spend 10 days touring the region. – a holiday without the children for the first time in many years ! We are keen to see a few of the best castles, visit some attractive small towns and also to enjoy the excellent “wellness/sauna/steam/spa” type places which we have seen in other parts of Germany.
We see plenty of recommendations for castles on virtual tourist already - so we should really appreciate suggestions for wellness/spa’s and also for hotels (nice but not too expensive) which would make good bases as we drive down the Rhine or the Mosel.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 26, 2007
Klopp castle  (5 Answers)

How did it come to be called Klopp? Was a family Klopp once owners?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 16, 2007
Beer festival

I visited Kamp Bornhofen with a school trip 3 years ago (teacher). We visited a lovely little beer garden by the river right in the village where we had a great evening listening to German and Dutch folk bands and drinking beer. This was around the last week of June. Can anyone tell me when this beerfest will take place in the summer of 2008 so that I can make travel plans to return.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 09, 2007
Remagen tours?  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know if Remagen has guided tours in English? I want to see the museum and surrounding area of the famous bridge.
What is the best way to travel there from Cologne? Should I take a train or boat? I will not have a car.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2007
Burgen, Mosel  (2 Answers)

I am travelling to Burgen and staying there for a few days, is there anything to do there such as: Walking Trails, Cafes, Bars, Resturants, Mosel River Trips? I would be happy with any information any one can give me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 10, 2007
Hotel Poelicher Held  (1 Answer)

Twenty-odd years ago, my spouse and I stayed at the Hotel Poelicher-Held, in Poelich (US spelling since I have no umlaut) down-river from Trier. Back then, it was a great place - and quite friendly.

Currently, Husband has a job interview in Lux City - smack dab in the middle of US relatives' visit. We're thinking about making a weekend of it, spending this Saturday night in Poelich.

Can anyone offer any advice about the place, lo these two decades later???

Many thanks in advance.

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