Germany in May 2011

Nov 16th, 2010, 04:35 AM
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"One more - is there any site that has a list of pensions / hotel garni in small towns/villages in different regions of Germany."

www.accommodation.de is one I've used with good results that focuses on Germany and has English pages; apartments and B&B's are listed by state and by region within each state. Bavaria is particularly well represented. Like bigtyke, I would also refer you to Bavaria Ben's pages:

Bavaria: http://www.bensbauernhof.com/accommodationsbavaria.html
Farms: http://www.bensbauernhof.com/farms.html

"2. We are keen on spending 1 or 2 nights on a farm – just to experience them. Which do you recommend and do they usually arrange for pick-up from the train / bus stand since they are located in remote areas."

Like many private B&B operators, most farmhouse innkeepers do offer "Abholservice" (pick-up) and "Bringservice" (return) to a nearby station or bus stop, but I'm sure some do not. Check before booking.

"3. We are planning to arrive into Munich and fly out from Frankfurt. We will be flying standby - any recommendations for pensions / garni that are close the railway stations."

The ones in St. Goar I mentioned are a stone's throw. But St. Goar is a very healthy train ride from FRA, and if you are looking for speedy airport access, you'd want to be closer - like in Mainz. There's a cluster of hotels near Mainz's main station; I've stayed at the Ibis, 1/2 block from the suburban Mainz Römisches Theater station, and reached FRA in about 20 minutes.

"4. Any suggestions for itineraries, we are considering to be based as St. Goar for a couple of days."

From St. Goar, catch a K-D cruise boat north, or ferry across the river and catch a train, to Braubach for a tour or Marksburg Castle: www.marksburg.de . Then head north to adorable Linz via Koblenz for a look around. Here's the town's brochure:

http://www.linz.de/pdf/Linz_Prospekt_2007.pdf

Take a train north to Remagen for a tour of the WW II museum housed in the supports of the former "Bridge at Remagen": www.bruecke-remagen.de

Rent bikes and ferry across the river, then north a couple of km to Burg Maus castle for the free-flight falconry show there: http://www.burg-maus.de/voell/burgmaus/bildgalerie.php (you can also catch a taxi or the very occasional bus to get there, but it's a long walk for most kids.) Shows take place daily at 11 and 2:30, closed Mondays.

You can use the Rheinland-Pfalz daypass (28 Euros) to move your family around this area at will by train. It'll get you north as far as Bonn, south as far as Karlsruhe, and west along the Mosel River to Trier if you wish. It's good any hour on Sat or Sun, after 9 am on weekdays. This pass makes impromptu outings cheap and easy. The pass is also good on buses in the region, should you wish to make a journey to some town without a rail station.

You can pick up pocket timetables for different routes out of Koblenz (Koblenz-Bingen along the west bank, Koblenz-Wiesbaden along the east, Koblenz-Trier along the Mosel, etc.) and make decisions as you go. Also, each station has a DB ticket machine which will print out one or more itineraries for you with no ticketing obligation; you can take a train to Bacharach, for example, and upon arrival, print out some possible departure times for your next journey before hitting the streets.
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Nov 20th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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Concerning your train questions: You can get the train (and bus, tram,...) schedules on http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de (you can switch the site to English).
In long-distance trains (IC, ICE), your kids travel for free as long as they are with you, but they must be listed on the ticket. If you want to be certain to get seats, you should make reservations (I don't if I travel alone, but with a family, it's a safer option - especially on Fridays and Sunday afernoons).

Local transport differs, depending on the region. In most regions, however, there are tickets covering all local transport (local trains, busses, trams, etc). I guess you should ask again when you have concrete plans.
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Jan 20th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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I am back trying to finalize our plans and to bother all of you once again. We are looking at keeping St. Goar as one of our base. Kindly confirm that this place is not a tourist trap where everything is pricey. Also, can someone recommend another 2 places where we can keep our base and also where to stay in those places.
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Jan 20th, 2011, 09:23 PM
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I see from some of your earlier posts that you want to explore Bavaria from your base. St. Goar is no where near Bavaria, it is located on the Rhein river. May I suggest that you simply look at a map, find the places you want to visit and then pick a town in the middle of them. Something medium size that will have some activity in the evening?

If you do want to be near the Rhein, then consider either Mainz or Frankfurt. Both offer plenty to do in the evenings, wide choice of accomodation, lots of restaurants for every taste and budget, and lots to do in case of bad weather. Both cities offer quick and efficient transportation to whatever other cities you want to visit.

For interesting towns near to Frankfurt, have a look at Büdingen, a medieval walled town, Idstein, which is a beautiful town on the Fachwerk route, Bad Homburg, with the Saalburg, a reconstructed Roman fort and Hessen Park, a large open air musuem that your kids might like and you can also tour the palace of Kaiser Wilhelm.
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Jan 21st, 2011, 04:24 AM
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MHgirl: The OP asked about "small towns/villages in each state that we should visit and where we can be based in each state"; I don't think he intends to see Bavaria from St. Goar.

SKPKCP11: Tourism is a major part of the economy in the Rhine villages, and St. Goar is no exception, but the town is not overhwelmed by tourism, and I do not think of St. Goar as overly "touristy"; there is a cuckoo clock shop and a place that sells beer steins, and there are numerous places to eat, but prices there are pretty normal for Germany. There's a little Italian place called "Alla Fontana" that I usually patronize; it has a nice atmosphere and reasonable prices on a side street just off Heerstrasse, the pedestrian zone. The Hotel am Markt has traditional German food; I haven't eaten there in many years but have heard positive comments. Here's the menu:

http://www.hotel-am-markt-sankt-goar...cialities.html

I'm returning to St. Goar in about 6 weeks for a short stay after many previous visits, and I don't like "touristy" places.

I like the St. Goar hostel very much, and it's relatively cheap, but I would advise you not to book there because in May there's a good chance that it will be booked by a visiting group of school kids; teachers in Germany take their kids on week-long outings that involve hostels, and the kids raise Holy Hell day and night. If you want some sleep, get an apartment, which will probably be just as cheap.

MHgirl suggested Mainz, which is good place to spend a final night or two before flying out and which would allow for an outing to Frankfurt or Büdingen, as she suggests. Budget accommodations are hard to find, however, for a family of 4.
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Jan 21st, 2011, 05:03 AM
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Hotel Am Markt website is no longer functioning.
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Jan 21st, 2011, 05:42 AM
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It's working on my Firefox browser.
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Jan 21st, 2011, 07:03 AM
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= tourist trap
That website in 5 years old
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Jan 21st, 2011, 07:37 AM
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"Would St. Goar be a good base to cover the Upper Bavarian castle towns and the Romantic Road towns."

No, it wouldn't be a good base for Bavaria, thus my earlier post today.
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Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:10 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your quick reverts.

I assume St. Goar would be a good base for covering Rhine Valley towns.

Please advise me a base and a place to stay (Apartment / Garni) for each of the following areas :
Black Forest
Romantic Road Towns
upper Bavarian castle towns
Munch & Berlin or their suburbs
While recommending bases for our stay in each area please bear in mind that we will be travelling by rail.

Also, recommend a garni in St. Goar.

Thanks once again to all for your very useful info.

Kind regards,
SKPKCP11
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