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Day Trips from Frankfurt: Destinations Picked, now Tips Accepted!

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While my husband works in the Frankfurt area for two weeks the end of June/first of July, I am going to go on 10 day trips. Thanks to getting feedback on Fodors, reading guidebooks and internet sites, and keeping in mind my personal interests as well as the fact that in 1988 we visited Germany and that I will want to not repeat, I have chosen my destinations. (I also chickened out of a couple places where public transport connections looked a little complicated, and I don't want to spend more than 2 hours one-way on the train/s.) They are pretty much sure things, but the order in which I do them is flexible, except that most places have things closed on Mondays, and my first Friday might need to be short in case we get to leave town a bit early (headed to Trier and Luxembourg for the weekend).

So what I’d like is specific feedback, NOT on whether to or not to choose to go to these places, but on how to most efficiently see what I can see in 4-6 hours. One really specific question is for each place, if there is a choice, which train station should I go to to be closest to the main sites?

*Two days to see castles on the Rhein—One day train to St. Goarshasen, ferry to St. Goar, see Rheinfels, ferry to Lorch (seeing Loreley from boat), train to Hoechst. The other day tour boat (Bingen Ruedesheimer) from Ruedeshiem to Rheinstein castle and either just back to Ruedesheim or go to Trechtingshausen somehow and see castle there, too, then boat back to Ruedesheim for a bit of a look, then train to Hoechst.
*Buedingen
*Koeln
*Eisenach/Wartburg
*Marburg
*Heidelberg
*Speyer (and MAYBE few hours at Worms just to revisit the Dom if this can be a long day)
*Mainz
*Frankfurt

1.I will be arriving by train. Since I have a RailPass (yes, we have exhausted THAT debate—it IS the best option for me this particular trip—nuff said please) for 8 of the days and will be using local day travel cards or single tickets for Mainz and Frankfurt, my hours of travel are almost completely flexible.

2.I will be leaving from the Hoechst station; I can be there between 7 and 7:30 (or earlier if I get a taxi from the hotel); I’d like to be back most days between 17:30 and 19:00, as I must be back in our Frankfurt-area hotel each night, perhaps in time for dinner with DH.

3.I am female, English lit/ancient history teacher, in 50’s, in fairly good shape for walking. I am most interested in the cathedrals, Roman connections, medieval walls. I will want to take pictures more than shop or have leisurely meals. I speak the same as no German.

Suggestions or tips for getting the most out of my visits to these places? Sure wish I had a month!

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