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Day 1 in Germany - Need "walkable" Rhine town, castle & hotel

Day 1 in Germany - Need "walkable" Rhine town, castle & hotel

May 19th, 2010, 11:11 PM
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Believe me, the walk up to the Marksburg castle will work any kinks out of your boys! They would love it up there. Cannons, armor, torture chamber, medieval toilets, and so on.
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Jul 21st, 2010, 07:52 AM
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Post-trip report on this subject:

We did stay the first night in Bacharach (Hotel Altkoelnischer Hof, which was great and away from the railroad tracks.) While my husband spent several hours in the hotel room trying to get his cell phone to work properly, I took my 2 boys (8, 13 years) and hiked up to the castle above the town (which is now a youth hostel). Worked great for keeping us awake after sleeping only 2 hrs on the flight over!

The next morning we stopped by Rhinefels castle ruins in St. Goar. It worked well, again, for giving the boys a run around before the nearly 4-hour drive to Amsterdam. (We hiked up from the town.)

Later in our trip we stayed in Beilstein (Mosel valley) and loved it. We again hiked to castle ruins above the town, and also drove to Burg Eltz for a good tour of a well-maintained medieval castle.

Much later in the trip we went to Vipiteno (called "Sterzing" in German) Italy, which is barely over the border from Austria, and toured another castle called the Reifenstein Castle. It was an excellent medieval castle left mostly in its original state (as compared to Burg Eltz which has been maintained/renovated).

All in all, I will say that the kids preferred the ruins and to some extent Reifenstein. They were less impressed with Burg Eltz because it was a "boring tour" (but my husband and I enjoyed it).

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Jul 21st, 2010, 01:07 PM
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Glad you enjoyed your trip and the boys enjoyed all the castles and ruins. Smart of you to take them for good hikes before long drives!
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