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"Happy weekend" tickets for the Rhine area -- also, can I use these on K-D cruises?

"Happy weekend" tickets for the Rhine area -- also, can I use these on K-D cruises?

Sep 29th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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Thanks rach.

I'm actually leaving this Friday after work (and will arrive in Frankfurt in Saturday morning). Yes, I've booked a hotel in Ruedesheim. I did e-mail one in Boppard which did not have any rooms but wanted me to check back regarding last-minute cancelations. I see that Bacharach has good reviews here (and Rick Steves likes it too). But because I didn't have that much time to plan the whole trip, I didn't really exhaust all the possibilities.

Hm... Maybe I should think again. But then it's only for one night, so I don't think (or I hope) that it will matter that much.

I've to admit that I'm more of a city person, so Cologne is interesting to me in that regard (also I picked Ruedesheim because I figured it's bigger and it's also basically the first stop in the Rhine area from Frankfurt). I can always visit again, I guess, if I end up liking the area. I just hope that this doesn't turn into a disaster.
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Sep 29th, 2004, 10:25 AM
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The chocolate museum has a website here:

http://www.schokoladenmuseum.de/index2.html

The good thing for me is that it's open until 7. If I've time in Cologne, I'll look at it. Thanks for the suggestion -- would have missed this otherwise!
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Sep 29th, 2004, 11:41 AM
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Ruedesheim is actually not THAT bad. I spent about 1hr there early in the am, before the tourist buses started pouring in. But I'd say 1 hr is probably all you need to see it. It really isn't that big. That may free you up some time to visit other towns along the Rhine.

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Sep 29th, 2004, 11:50 AM
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Actually I think that the difficulty for me is more in public transportation. It's not that it's not good, but trains probably run (to the smaller towns) once every hour. So it takes really good time coordination to visit multiple places (basically, each place you visit, you'll have to spend an hour there, etc.). I think that it'd be much easier if the trains run every 10 minutes, say, but they don't.

Also, the other issue is that all the attractions will close by early evening. Since I don't arrive in the area until 1 (and that's optimistic), it doesn't give me much time. And I've a couple of hours the next day before I need to leave the area.

And my mom is with me. While she's really energetic, I inevitably slow down when I travel with her. Sometimes I'm surprised that I've not scared her off with my obessive nature in terms of needing to cross items off a list.
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Sep 30th, 2004, 05:09 AM
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I hope your mom will still speak to you after your trip!

In fact, I went with my mom to the Rhine area last year for 1 week, changing hotels every night, chasing after trains and ferries. My mom was very exhausted with the trip even thought she was in pretty good shape. I worry about your mom since your trip is 10x more hectic!
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Sep 30th, 2004, 05:18 AM
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You changed hotels every night?! What's happened to the Fodor's police? I guess mine is a little less hectic (I'm "only" booking six hotels for eight nights....). Didn't you visit the Mosel Valley as well? I seem to remember some old posts of yours about Trier.

Well, she's always asking -- "So where are we going this year?" Every year I swear that I'll never travel with her again, but I guess I'm a softie.

We've traveled to Europe together every since 1999, except for 2001, I guess. That year I went to Amsterdam without her, but I went to Tokyo with her that winter.
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Sep 30th, 2004, 06:36 AM
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Thankfully I took that trip last year before I joined Fodors! Yes, we went to Mosel + Luxembourg, but at least they are neighboring countries, unlike you who are heading to Spain as well.
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Sep 30th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Well, don't forget Portugal -- but Portugal and Spain are neighbors (sort of).... Actually it's easier for me to go to Lisbon from Cologne than to Granada from Lisbon....

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Oct 1st, 2004, 04:50 AM
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111op- Have a fun and save trip!
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Oct 1st, 2004, 05:00 AM
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Thanks! Safe (and save, I hope ).

You want to use your Google skills to help me track down the Goya article (separate thread)?

Thanks.
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Oct 1st, 2004, 05:03 AM
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I'm quite sure your google skills are better than mine.
Plus I'm heading in to work, which probably will be another very long day...

Hope you do find the article. I guess the worst that can happen is you pay for that premium article... What's another couple of bucks in the whole scheme of things?
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Oct 1st, 2004, 05:07 AM
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Yeah, that's true. But it won't be a "save" trip then.

Have a good day at work. I can't believe it's not accessible via Google....
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Oct 3rd, 2004, 04:16 PM
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I'm in Cologne now. It's very late in the evening and we fly to Lisbon later today.

I wanted to thank everyone who made suggestions. I made all the tricky connections in the Rhine area. Our flight arrived about forty-five minutes early. A particularly tricky one involved an autoferry from Ruedesheim to Bingen and then a train to Boppard. We had about five minutes to walk to the train station from the ferry stop -- it's a very long walk. A local woman drove us!

I bought a Schoeneswochenende ticket at FRA airport for Saturday -- by the way, the ticket machines there didn't label the button for this (it's the lowest button on the lower left). For Sunday, we didn't because we took the IC trains to Bonn and Cologne.

I had a cursory look at Beethoven Haus, but I was very pleased to buy a recording by Casals, Horszowski and Vegh which was recorded there. The liner notes indicated that this was one of the Casals's last public performances. I can't wait to listen to the CDs. Thanks yk for the suggestion to visit this.

We arrived in Cologne a little past four. We saw the Dom and the Ludwig Museum. I enjoyed the Ludwig Museum very much. I think that there was a photo exhibition on works by Abbe -- I'm going to do more research on him when I get back. We skipped the Romanisch-Germanisch Museum. I bought a small catalog from Wallraf-Richartz (which we skipped also) right before it closed at 6. Unfortunately I didn't realize it's in German. But I'll be able to do a virtual tour with pictures. We didn't see the Chocolate Museum either.

A tip for future Rhine visitors -- print out all the train schedules from bahn.de (lines 466 and 471, I think) and ferry schedules. It makes the trip much, much easier. We hurried when necessary to avoid waiting an hour for the next train, so we did a lot on the first day.

So far so good, but tiring. I hope the rest of the trip goes as well.

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Oct 4th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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Thanks for the update so far.
I suppose you meant the walk in Bingen from the ferry stop to the train station? Yes, it wasn't too close. We stayed at the NH (?) hotel in Bingen, which was situated half way between the ferry dock and the train station, so we didn't find the distance too far.

I'm glad you made it to Bonn. Did you get me a copy of the CD as a souvenir?

You missed the Chocolate Museum!

You're tired already!
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Oct 7th, 2004, 03:29 PM
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Yes, that was the Bingen ferry stop to the train station.

My computer at home is completely non-functional now. I've been meaning to buy one for a long time. If I manage to do so, I'll burn you a copy.

Anyway, I'm in Seville now. Will top another thread and give a brief report.
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