Ideas for weekend trips from Aachen

Old Sep 22nd, 2017, 04:57 AM
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Ideas for weekend trips from Aachen

I will be living in Aachen for a year and I love to travel. In my home country Australia i would often do weekend getaways by car. However I do not have a car here. Europe is incredable and I want to make the most of my time here.

What are some ideas for cheap weekend trips I can do from Aachen?

So far I have been for trips to:
Amsterdam
Brussels/Bruges
Cologne
Dusseldorf
Paris
London

Are there any beautiful places you would suggest?
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Old Sep 22nd, 2017, 05:23 AM
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The two obvious are Liege and Maastricht. Liege is a slumbering old town with a beautiful modern railway station and Cathedral. Maastricht is a smaller, managable ancient city with expensive shopping streets as well as the usual dope pubs and crazy coffee houses (or is that the other way around) it also has a lovely railway station.

Further afield there is Trier/Luxembourg city, the whole of the Mosel valley (famous for wine, walking and cycling) follow my name back for a few ideas of what to do.

All these are within a reasonable commute from Aachen (but don't mention the Belgian nuclear industry)
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Maastricht is lovely and nearby.
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Gent, Antwerp are neat cities - the Rhine Gorge by Koblenz (take K-D boats - www.k-d.com) - for ideas by train check www.budgeteuropetravel.com (online European Planning & Rail Guide gives many options in that area by rail); www.ricksteves.com

And yes Mosel - take train to Cochem - base there and see the gorgeous Mosel.
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Before Christma be sure to check out famous Christmas Markets like those in Frankfurt, a nice enough city too to spend a weekend in.
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Maastricht is lovely and nearby.>

Yes was surprised at now nice Maastricht was - unique look from other regional Dutch towns. Maybe combine with Liege?
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Tiny Monschau and Prüm are two villages close to the Belgian / Luxembourg border that are quite pretty.

For Monschau there is a bus from Aachen and for Prüm you will need two trains, a bus and a spare three hours.

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Should also be Oktoberfests in little and big towns all over and wine fests also on Mosel and Rhine.

And Munich is about 5 hours by train I think - leave early one day, return late the next Oktoberfest is awesome even if not drinking beer.
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You have unfortunately missed most of the big wine festivals on the Rhine for this year but in Boppard on 30 September there is a fireworks display on the Rhine and a wine fest from the Friday till the Sunday.

http://www.weinfeste-online.de/index.html

(a very chaotic list of festivals for 2017 and 2018; the English version is all about Rhine cruises and not the list of festivals so I would struggle through with the German and use Google Translate if necessary).

You can still visit the wine-growing regions on the Rhine (particularly those in Rheinhessen and the Rheingau) as it's a very nice time to visit, being soon after the harvest. Everywhere there will be tastings and light meals available to accompany the new wine (visit the 'Strausswirtschaften', or temporary pubs).

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