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Sep 7th, 2016, 09:25 AM
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Rethinking Heidleburg....better alternatives? ASAP!

Hello Fodorites.
Help is in order ASAP. I am leaving this Saturday, 9/10. My first stops for our trip were going to be 1 night in Mainz and then 2 nights in Heidleburg. We will have a car. We have done the Romantic Rhine before and were looking for something different, while still incorporating castles. Everything I am reading about my first two stops are not very encouraging. We have a 250-350 per night budget. And are heading to Strausbourg as our next stop.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Tina
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Sep 7th, 2016, 10:02 AM
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If you want to look up things, be careful with your spellings - it's Heidelberg not -burg (berg = mountain, burg = fortified castle), and Strassburg in German or Strasbourg in French.

Look at these historically significant and picturesque targets in the region:

~ Speyer (http://www.speyer.de/sv_speyer/en/Tourism/),

~ Worms (http://www.worms.de/de/tourismus/tou...res-in-English)

~ Trier (http://www.trier-info.de)
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Sep 7th, 2016, 10:42 AM
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My suggestion would be to stop the one night in Mainz and then, rather than following the Rhine (with a detour to Heidleberg), make your way south through the Pfalz and follow the Deutsche Weinstrasse through such towns as Bad Dürkheim and Neustadt/Weinstrasse. The Weinstrasse ends at the French border at Wissembourg. From there continue through northern Alsace to Strasbourg.

http://www.german-wineroute.com

I don't know how long you plan to spend in Strasbourg and Alsace, but there are many castle ruins and attractive villages in Alsace along the Route du Vin. Haut-Koenigsbourg is a mediaeval castle that was restored around 1900 as a hunting lodge for Kaiser Wilhelm II and is well worth a visit.

http://www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en/
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Sep 7th, 2016, 11:54 AM
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"...looking for something different, while still incorporating castles."

Drive straight to Heidelberg - or thereabouts - for your first night. Visit Schwetzingen, surrounded by Speyer, Heidelberg, and Mannheim. You can skip Heidelberg altogether if you wish. If you want a smaller attractive town for overnight, choose Ladenburg.

http://www.schloss-schwetzingen.de/en/home/

http://gotravelaz.com/wp-content/upl...burg_16156.jpg

Then do some of the Castle Road. Look at Tours 1 & 2 under "Castles and Palaces" at this page:

http://www.burgenstrasse.de/uk/Home.html

Note that some of the castles above are castle-hotels.
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Sep 7th, 2016, 08:03 PM
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Thank you for your very needed quick responses! I am very grateful. I think we will stay way outside heidleberg and visit other places. If you evere need info on San Diego hit me up!
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