Best Daytrips Out of Frankfurt
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 13, 2012 4:21 AM Last Post By: Shonal
Dec 7, 2012 8:57 AM
Best Daytrips Out of FrankfurtI'll be in Frankfurt next March for 4 full days and would like to go somewhere outside the city for one day.
I'm therefore interested in reading what you think are the best daytrips (no overnight stay) out of Frankfurt.
Details about how you did it (the logistics) and why you liked it will be appreciated.
Dec 7, 2012 10:15 AM
1Mainz (medieval town) and the villages along the Rhine river nearby.
Tons of trains between Fft and Mainz.
Dec 8, 2012 1:10 AM
2I've been based in Frankfurt and have traveled from there over the past months. I like to push the limits of a day trip (ala waking up really early and returning late) so some of my suggestions might be a little skewed.
For train rides an hour or less, I second Mainz, and would also throw in Heidelberg (sure it's touristy with the incredible castle but it's worth it just ti explore the town) and Stuttgart, which is just over an hour on an ICE. Stuttgart does really good festivals, so check what's going on in March. If you're looking for the most "German" of these cities, I'd choose Heidelberg.
Cologne is also easily accessible by ICE. It's only smaller than Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, and if you can't make it to any of those but you're looking for a big city feel, Cologne is excellent. Cologne will satisfy any and all interests, with museums, lots of Kolsch restaurants, and of course the Dom.
Last suggestion would be Bamberg, if you can make it. One of my favorite cities I've visited in Germany, and it's an even better example of old German architecture than Heidelberg. To Bamberg it's an ICE to Wurzburg and then a regional train to the final destination. Probably just under 2.5 hours when it's all said and done.
Though I don't post often here, my recent months of traveling around German have allowed me to become pretty knowledgable about the cities, what they offer, and how to get there. If you give a bit more information about what you're interested in (for me, day trips always included stops at a brewery) I can make a suggestion. And once you decide, I can give more travel details and ideas about what to do in said city.
Dec 8, 2012 8:11 AM
3Thanks to both of you for the suggestions.
#2, to answer your question about interests, I'd have to say history, architecture, and museums (from archaeological artifacts to paintings); I also like walking tours of cities, a little window shopping for the wife, and local cuisine--in short, a general and sensory impression of the place's history and culture.
Mainz seems to fit the bill but I'm not sure about the distance, etc. Bamberg, maybe, if the train-side scenery is nice, and the trip is relatively easy. Please remember that you have some experience traveling around Germany so that may make you more effiecient in getting there and back. A visitor with opposite attributes may find navigating trains and train transfers stressful, which distracts from the journey. Anyway, I'll take you up on your offer to provide more details on getting to Mainz. And Bamberg, if it's relatively easy. Thanks.
Dec 8, 2012 8:58 AM
Dec 8, 2012 10:06 AM
5Mainz is like Frankfurt inside the RMV local public transport association. RMV day ticket to Mainz is EUR 14,80.
Mainz has some interesting museums if it comes archaeological artifacts. For paintings the first address is the Schirn in Frankfurt.
Mainz is nearly half as big as Frankfurt and capitol city of the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate. Not a town. Mainz was not as severely destroyed as Frankfurt in WWII. But did not escape WWII nearly untouched like Bamberg.
For scenery and quaint medieval towns you could visit the Upper Middle Rhine Valley stretching from Bingen/Rüdesheim (60-75 min from Frankfurt) to Koblenz. You could use a combination of a RMV day ticket to Mainz/Wiesbaden (EUR 14,80) and a Rheinland-Pfalz Ticket (EUR 21,00) for this. Marksburg castle in Braubach is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe.
Dec 9, 2012 4:06 PM
6Mainz is certainly easy, and for your interests, it will be a great stop. I suggest the Roman Shipbuilding Museum and the Guttenberg Museum. For architecture, walk from the Cathedral down to the Shipbuilding museum via Augustinerstrasse. Also in the southern part of town is Eisgrub-Brau, perhaps the best small brewery in the Frankfurt area.
Dec 13, 2012 4:21 AM
7I guess i am pretty late on the thread. So I would just like to re-state two places- Mainz http://www.mainz.de/WGAPublisher/online/html/default/hpkr-5nkgnz.en.html and Stuttgart http://on.fb.me/Qus1yq
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