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Independent teen day trip to Europa-Park

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Hi, and thanks for your continued advice on our (hopefully) upcoming trip to UK and Hesse.

I *think* we've got everything pretty well planned out at this point -- thanks in part to your help -- but I had an idea for our last full day in Germany and I wanted to get some feedback from the pros here.

We are a family of four: mom, dad and two 17-year-old kids. This will be our second trip to Europe as a family (third trip for a couple of us).

By the time of our last full day of this trip, we will have spent three days in the Frankfurt area, including one full day just exploring the Rhine and, I hope, spending the night in Burg Stahleck as a topper. We're planning to take a short Rhine cruise, ride the Loreley bobsleigh and tour either Marburg or Rheinfels castle, too.

Originally I was planning to spend our last day in Heidelberg, but I started thinking that the kids might be "castled out" by then and a little independence might be good for everyone before we board the plane the following afternoon for the long trip home.

Meanwhile, I really really REALLY want to visit Strasbourg. It's the ancestral home for both me and my husband, plus it's a place that my dad has wanted to visit his whole life. His age and health now make that impossible, and it would mean a lot to him to know that one of us made it there.

I don't know how much the Strasbourg trip would appeal to the kids, but I saw that Europa-Park is only 1.5 hours south of there.

What do you think of the family taking the train to Offenburg together, then the old-timer parents splitting off to Strasbourg while the teens continue to Europa-Park on their own for the day? They're major coaster fans and I think they'd really enjoy it. One daughter speaks intermediate German, the other basic German, and they're both sensible travelers. We'll have cell phones for texted check-ins, and of course they'll have enough Euros for admission, food, etc.

European teens do things like this all the time, right? Now that I see it in print, it looks perfectly reasonable and I sound like an overprotective fearmongering American mom (which I probably am).

What are your thoughts? Have you done anything like this before? Any tips?

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