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Germany-Cologne/Cochem/St.Goar/Frankfurt - Rental Car or Train?

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We are leaving next week for Amsterdam and Germany. After 3 nights in Amsterdam we head to Cochem for 3 nights, St. Goar for 2 nights and Frankfurt for 1 night departing for home the next morning.

Two couples in our early 60's and very mobile regarding walking, hiking, etc. Original plan was to use train travel completely vs rental car. Revised plan *seems* to be take the train from AMS to Cologne, have lunch, see the cathedral, and then rent a car for the remaining travel to Cochem and onward. However, some in the group are still questioning if we should rather rent a car in Cologne for our German travel. (Renting the car in AMS is cost prohibitive due to drop charge when returning to a different country from which the car was rented.)

In Cochem we intend to see the castle, travel to Burg Eltz to see that castle, travel to Trier for a day to see the city and ruins, and of course take a trip up the Mosel to Beilstein for a leisurely lunch and to see the sights.

Onward to St.Goar after 3 nights in Cochem. We would perhaps like to stop briefly in Koblenz to walk the city center and have lunch, then onward to St. Goar for two nights. Other than a Rhine River boat day trip we have no plans in St. Goar other than to drink Riesling. :-) After two nights in St. Goar we will hop to Frankfurt where we have a hotel for one night within 200 meters of the train station. Leisurely evening and dinner in Frankfurt and then home the next morning.

Train or car? Help us decide?

Thanks!

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