France and Germany - mid-September 2018

Jul 1st, 2018, 05:06 PM
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France and Germany - mid-September 2018

We are flying into Frankfurt in mid-September for an 8 day trip. We plan to use the Mosel and Alsace wine regions as the main anchors of our trip, during which we'd like to hike, visit vineyards, and see some historical sites (of any nature, but leaning right now toward Roman and WWI/WWII). We do not mind having a quick pace but are hoping to meander a bit in between good food and good wine.

Our plan right now is to rent a car and spend 2-3 days in a small town along the middle Mosel, and then spend 3 or so days in Alsace, likely using Strasbourg as our base. That leaves 2-3 days open for us before flying back out of Frankfurt. This is our first time in either of these areas, and we are weighing whether it is worth it to build in a short stay in another city/area - we are hoping that some of the frequent contributors (from whom we have already learned a good deal) could offer some recommendations for one other "base" to use: would Luxembourg City or Trier merit a few days based on our interests? Or is a day trip sufficient? Metz? Heidelberg? Or might we shortchange Mosel and Alsace with only three days in each?

Many thanks in advance. Happy to provide any more details about our plans or interests as they develop.
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Jul 1st, 2018, 05:46 PM
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day trip to either Trier or LuxCity is enough - would pass on Lux City as physcally gorgeous as it is bisected by a deep gorge few here find it that neat. Luxembourg does have a very rustic picturesque Grand Duchy - outside the farly modern Lux City - good be a good small-town base. On the outskirts of Lux City in Hamm is the Hamm American Military Cemetery/shrine for WW 2 fatalities - Gen Patton us buried here - actually killed in car crash just after war ended.

The Rhine would be a great base - far different from Mosel - town like St Goar or many others. Metz is nce but a long way off other possibilities - Nancy is a real gem if not just for its monumental town square - Pl Stanislaus one of largest in Europe and around nice city. Metz nice too IMO. You could with a car easily visit Verdun and its vast bettlefield remaining as was when war ended - trenches and museum - and Maginot Line remant that can be toured too.

Heidelberg could ne cool - can day trip up castle-studded Castle Road along Neckar River Valley just east of Heidelberg.

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Jul 2nd, 2018, 05:08 PM
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Many thanks PalenQ. We have been leaning toward a night in Nancy before Strasbourg, then ending our trip with another night or two in Heidelberg.

If anyone has any other thoughts, please do let me know!
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Jul 2nd, 2018, 05:26 PM
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I liked Nancy enough I went back, but I am a big Art Nouveau fan. It has a gorgeous main square, too.
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You could even return car in Heidelberg and save a day car rental and easily take trains right to departure terminal - Heidelberg itself is a lovely walking town.
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