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We recently returned from Germany (Sept 13-26) after spending 13 days in this beautiful country. We had a great trip and many thanks to all who gave advice and who wrote trip reports that were most helpful in the planning stages.

We have traveled extensively in Italy and France and love both of those countries. We had never been to Germany and worried that we would be disappointed in comparison to France and Italy. But such was not the case. We loved it there. The people were friendly, the driving easy, particularly compared to France & Italy, the towns and cities beautiful and the food was surprisingly good.

We received many recommendations to use the trains but we enjoy the freedom of having a car and found it very easy to get around. We easily found parking in the larger cities with no hassles. Our favorite town was Rothenburg (a lot of people criticize this town for being too commercialized but we thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad to make it our base for 4 nights.)

Weather:

Traveling during the spring & fall seasons can be wonderful. We prefer these times of year as there are fewer tourists and better chance of temperate weather. We had beautiful warm weather, mixture of clouds and sun most days and temps in the 60’s and 70’s, just perfect for sightseeing.

Castles:
Our favorite castles were Burg Eltz, Marksburg & Rheinstein

Hotels:
Our favorite was the Romantik Hotel Markusturm in Rothenburg.

Cochem: Villa Vinum – beautifully restored 19th century home converted to a small intimate hotel right in the center of town overlooking the Mosel; beautiful room overlooking Cochem Castle. The proprietors were friendly and very helpful.

Bacharach: Bacharacher Hof – small hotel with good food; this was the least favorite of the hotels we stayed at

Heidelberg: Garni Kurpfalzhof – family run hotel just outside the town center; easy to drive into town from this hotel; we had a suite with separate bedroom, living room and small kitchenette, large bathroom. Breakfast is excellent and Volker is wonderful to deal with.

Bad Wimpfen: Neckarblick Garni, easy 5 minute walk to center of town; nicely furnished room and good breakfast buffet

Rothenburg: Romantik Hotel Markusturm; 500 year old family run hotel; beautiful large room and gigantic bathroom with all the amenities; breakfasts and dinner was excellent; highly recommend

Our itinerary (see attached link to our blog for our daily exploits)
Day 1: Cochem: Fly into Frankfurt, drive directly to Burg Eltz and then on to Cochem
Day 2: Cochem: Visit Cochem Castle and boat ride to Beilstein
Day 3: Bacharach: Marksburg Castle and Bacharach town visit
Day 4: Bacharach: Boat trip to St. Goar and then drive to Rheinstein Castle
Day 5: Heidelberg: Visit Heidelberg castle and town
Day 6: Heidelberg: Schwitzingen, Speyer
Day 7: Bad Wimpfen
Day 8: Rothenburg: stop at Schwabisch Hall on way there; Night Watchman’s Tour
Day 9: Rothenburg: tour town
Day 10: Rothenburg: day trip to Bamberg
Day 11: Rothenburg: day trip to Nuremberg
Day 12: Wurzburg Residenz and town center
Day 13: Frankfurt and then home

Our Blog and Photo Album:
This is the link to our blog if you are interested in reading what we did day to day

http://winnick-germany2012.travellerspoint.com/3/

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