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Which ferry from Sweden to Germany?

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My husband and I will be picking up a new car in Trollhattan, Sweden in April. We plan on spending one night and continuing south to reach our relatives in Frankfurt, Germany. Our question is... Which cities should we not miss on our way and thus which ferry should we take from Sweden to Germany? Note: we really want to see Hamburg... the rest is flexible.

Thanks!

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    You may get better advice from someone who has sailed a Sweden-Germany route - - but I'll put in my two cents' worth. I have had the impression for several years, of late, that one of the best internet websites for ferry information is www.youra.com - - though someone recently suggested to me that it has not been kept up to date in the recent past.

    I'm not sure about that.

    It lists Silja Line (which does not seem to sail Sweden-Germany), Stena Line (more on this below...), Color Line (serving Germany to Denmark, Norway, England - - but not Sweden) and TT Line.

    Clicking on their link for Stena Line takes you to www.aferry.to and from there you can see a map of Sweden-Germany routes. For Trelleborg-Rostock, I got a timetable only from TT Line. It looks to be about 7+ hours, and departs (most days) at 08:00, 15:30 and 23:00

    On one small note of actual personal experience, I urge you not to miss Luebeck.

    Best wishes,

    Rex

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    If you're into visiting worthwhile cities along your way, I don't think you should rule out Copenhagen. This is in Denmark (duh, I know), so basically a ferry linking Germany and Sweden (of which there is Stena Line on the Gothenburg-Kiel route and TT-Line linking Trelleborg, near Malmo, with Travemuende, near Luebeck, and Rostock) is ruled out.
    Take the bridge between Denmark and Sweeden and reserve at least a day for Copenhagen.
    Stroll down Stroget, tour Nyhavn, take a boat tour of the city from there, and continue in the direction of the Little Mermaid.
    After Copenhagen, drive down to Roedby on the Island of Lolland and make the ferry crossing to Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn. Reservations are not needed. Service by Scandlines is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a sailing every half hour. The crossing takes 45 minutes.

    http://www.scandlines.de/en/main.htm

    Continue to Luebeck, for which you should allow at least half a day. Beautifully restored medieval Old Town, and once the capital of the Hanse League trade asscociation. Its Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site.
    Hamburg is just an hour's drive away. Allow at least 1.5 days for it if you are visiting during spring, summer or early fall. Germany's second largest city is a feel good place with lots of outdoor activities and sights. If you click on my screen name, you should be able to gather some info on Hamburg. Should you need specific advice, let me know.

    On the way to Frankfurt, there isn't much I'd consider worthwhile seeing. Probably have a look at Marburg.

    I disagree with Rex taking TT-Line's Rostock ferry, should you be interested in seeing Luebeck. I think Luebeck is nicer and more scenic than Rostock. Should you want to go to Rostock, continue on to Berlin and allow at leat 3 days for that.

    One more note on the ferry lines: Color Line does not link Germany to Denmark (unless you'd want a stopover in Norway, which wouldn't make sense). The ferry companies linking Germany and Sweden is Sweden's Stena Line operating between Gothenburg and Kiel and Germany's TT-Line between Trelleborg and Luebeck-Travemuende and Rostock.

    While Stena has Car/PAX ferries, TT-Line features Ro/PAX ferries (also carrying a lot of trailers). TT-Line's ferries are much newer than Stena's. Quality of both isn't too bad (there in fact are some very comfortable cabins available). Stena has overnight service, while TT-Line also offers daytime trips. Sailing time between Trelleborg and Travemuende is 7 hours, between Trelleborg and Rostock it's 5 hours. TT's Nils Holgersson and Peter Pan ferries on the Travemuende Line are the most comfortable and newest. They are followed by the more freight oriented Robin Hood and Nils Dacke on the same line. The ships on the Rostock route are Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and are the oldest and slightly less comfortable. They are well maintained, though.
    Stena's ferries resemble each other. Not much of a significant difference between Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica.

    http://www.ttline.com/
    http://www.stenaline.com/gb/stena_line.html

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    Thank you both so much for your response. It is extremely helpful. I think we will look into Luebeck because I have heard so many nice things about the town. We are going to probably skip copenhagen due to narrow streets, lack of parking etc, but would like to see it another trip when we don't have to drive! Maybe by bike or tour group, etc.
    Thank you!
    Kristi

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