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Libby_Nash Jun 4th, 2014 05:03 PM

Germany in August
My husband and I are "laid back" travelers. We are planning to go to Germany in August for 2 weeks and know that we want to spend 5-6 days on the Rhine and/or Mosel region. Then we are trying to decide between the "Romantic Road" ( Rothenburg or Dinkelsbuhl) OR Quedlinburg OR Meissen OR….open for suggestions. Finally, we are going to Berlin for 3-4 days. We like wine, history, enchanting villages and just "going with the flow". Any suggestions are appreciated.
PS We have to have wifi:-o

nytraveler Jun 4th, 2014 05:06 PM

We loved Trier - you might look into staying there a couple of nights. It is a charming German town but with a ton of Roman remains that are almost unique north of the Alps.

bilboburgler Jun 5th, 2014 12:35 AM

Get onto Trier tourist information and organise a week's bike ride down the mosel to Koblenz with luggage transported. That covers wine, history, enchanting villages and going with the flow :-)

Russ Jun 5th, 2014 02:10 AM

"My husband and I are "laid back" travelers... we are trying to decide between the "Romantic Road" ( Rothenburg or Dinkelsbuhl) OR Quedlinburg OR Meissen OR….open for suggestions."

I enjoyed Quedlinburg and Meissen, but northern Bavaria (where Rothenburg and Dinkelsbühl are to be found) probably has a bit more to offer altogether.

If you are laid back, you may actually want to avoid Rothenburg - in summer it is a tourist beehive, and the Romantic Road can be a pretty unromantic parking lot - the more time spent on other routes, the better. There are, however, dozens of other great options for slower-paced travel in the immediate area, places that are ripe for day trips.

The Main River wine villages north of Rothenburg are a treasure chest for folks who enjoy leisurely walks through wonderful old places. See photos:




You might like Iphofen, a fine old walled town, now a wine and artists' village and a good alternative to overrun Rothenburg.

Iphofen brochure:
Iphofen photos:

Bad Windsheim is east of Rothenburg. Its Franconian Freilandmuseum is a stunning collection of rural buildings (some 500-600 years old) that puts you in touch with life in old-world Bavaria.

Würzburg and Nuremberg are popular destinations that you might like as well.

Bad Windsheim or Würzburg are good base towns for rail travel to Rothenburg and the other towns mentioned. Inexpensive (between €17 and €27 for two) daypasses get you to all these places.

Libby_Nash Jun 5th, 2014 03:43 AM

I am SO glad that I posted this! Thank you very much for these great suggestions. We are going to make some wise choices now:-)

Aramis Jun 6th, 2014 01:03 AM

Quedlinburg and the Harz mountains in general would be a great choice in August. Within 30 minutes of Quedlinburg are Wernigerode and Goslar, both spectacular. Each of the three towns is so different from the other that it makes for a fascinating area.

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