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German rail pass questions

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Hi, everyone. Since I seem to be <cough cough> easily confused by European rail arrangements, I wanted to double-check here and see if your interpretation would be the same as mine.

Here's the deal. Daughter and I have 11 hours in Frankfurt between flights (so, realistically, 6 to 7 net hours). She's interested in Heidelberg because she learned about it in German class. I know we'll be tired when we land, but in the past our energy level has gotten us through four or five hours of sightseeing after arrival, even carting carry-on luggage the whole time. So I *think* we might be able to muddle through this, and then sleep on our connecting flight.

My questions, then, are about price vs. benefit of Germany's different rail options. Here's what I I priced from Frankfurt to Heidelberg:

2 adults, Frankfurt to Heidelberg round-trip: 58 Euros
2 adults, Quer-durchs-Land rail pass for 1 day: 52 Euros
2 adults, Hesse Laender 1-day pass + train from Mannheim to Heidelberg ("no fares available" on Bahn.de even though it shows routes and times): ~46 Euros?

From this info, do these interpretations below sound right?

The Frankfurt-to-Heidelberg tickets would be the most straightforward since that's our only destination, but they're also the most expensive. However, we could leave as soon as we get through passport control at the airport, so if I buy advance tickets with a departing time of 8am (90 minutes after we're scheduled to arrive), we could be in Heidelberg before 9am.

The Quer-durchs-Land rail pass would cover us anywhere in Germany we wanted to go, right -- long-distance, in cities and everything? The drawback, though, is that we can't use it until 9am that day, correct? If that's the case, it would cost us at least an hour of "net time" in Heidelberg.

And finally, is the Hesse + Mannheim->Heidelberg ticket combo possible? It's kind of taking advantage of the Hesse 1-day Laender ticket, taking it to Mannheim which I think is the southernmost point, then picking up a separate ticket from Mannheim to Heidelberg.

Just trying to sort this out and make the best decision -- thanks for your help.

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