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stopover/nice route between Frankfurt and French alps (morzine)

Aug 10th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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stopover/nice route between Frankfurt and French alps (morzine)

Hello our family of four will be arriving in Frankfurt late August- picking up rental car and driving to Morzine. We will be arriving at 9am, tired but hoping to adjust quickly. It is about a 7 hour drive but I think we will need a stopover to regroup. We don't need to be in Morzine until late afternoon the following day so hoping we can see some of the German countryside enroute and enjoy a nice stay somewhere not too expensive (up to about 130 Euros). Can you suggest a good stopping place - nice interesting town where we can stretch our legs, walk our dog, and enjoy some good German food and sights. Would Freiburg be a good choice? Or somewhere closer to Frankfurt?
Any suggestions for a good scenic driving route?
We will be visiting more of Germany later and I will post questions about that separately.
Thanks so much!
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Aug 10th, 2012, 12:46 PM
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hi kepiepen,

can i suggest that you look at viamichelin.com - not only can you enter your starting and end points, but also you can play about with different routes and stopping off places.

when I put in Frankfurt and Morzine, it did indeed come up with a journey of about 7 hours, travelling via Mannheim and Freiburg. if you think that you could get that far, i think that Freiburg would be my choice - and it's always nice to know that you've got somewhere booked for that first night.

can't help you with hotels, but you'll find those on the michelin site too.
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Aug 10th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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When we fly overnight we try not to drive more than an hour (two at the most) once we arrive. By the time you go through customs, get your luggage and rental car, more hours have passed. You'll all be tired.

I'd stay in Heidelburg, it's only about an hour or so from Frankfurt. See if you can find a hotel or B&B that will let you check in early. Take a nap, then head up to the Castle. Afterwards wander the old town and find a place for dinner, there's lots of fun restaurants. I think it would be a great stopover. Go to bed early and you can sightsee all the next day on your way to Morzine.
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Aug 10th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Both suggested options Heidelberg and Freiburg are fine. We took some photos during our trips in both of them:
- http://in-luxembourg.blogspot.de/search/?q=heidelberg
- http://in-luxembourg.blogspot.de/search/?q=freiburg

We would also suggest Baden-Baden (http://in-luxembourg.blogspot.de/201...ny-part-2.html). Seeing that you will be jet-lagged, at little bit of thermal baths (for which Baden-Baden is renowned) would suit your family.

For suggestion for accommodation for a family of four, we put up some options in a post in our other blog: http://hotelsrooms.blogspot.de/2012/...baden-for.html
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Aug 10th, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Another stop over for your consideration should be the Alsace region of France in or near Colmar(mid size city)-villages such as Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kayserberg, Riquewihr, Hunawihr, Ribeauville, etc-all are picturesque medieval hamlets with half-timbered houses and cobbled streets-real Hansel-and-Gretel stuff. The drive would be 3 hours. Across the German-French border from Freiburg.

https://www.google.com/search?q=alsa...w=1920&bih=887

To find a hotel try booking.com-search the villages for one room with 4 adults.

http://www.booking.com/searchresults...st_id=-1425030
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Aug 11th, 2012, 09:54 AM
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Thank you all for the great suggestions. As dad will already be in Frankfurt one day ahead and a bit more rested we are going to push for Freiburg - he can do the driving! We were also able to find a four person room which was a challenge elsewhere. Perhaps we could stop at Baden Baden although that may not be realistic. Any preferences people have for routes Freiburg to Morzine? The Alsace region does sound lovely - should we go on the French side at that point or continue down through Switzerland. Don't want to be on highway all the way. We have not driven in Europe - outside of Britain - before. Thanks again!
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Aug 11th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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If you want to see Alsace it is best done on your drive from Frankfurt to Freiburg. You could get off the autobahn (A5) and easily visit Riquewihr or Kayserburg.Good dog walking area. Also the 4th most visited French castle, Haut Koenigbourg, is nearby.

Possible stopovers enroute to Morzine are Fribourg, Gruyeres, and Murten. Also Chateau Chillon.

Do not forget to purchase a Swiss vignette at the border. Also I think all drivers must be present when renting a car
,if that is an issue.Driving in Europe is not a problem.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 01:48 PM
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Thank-you!. Most likely stop enroute to Morzine is Friboug or Chateau Chillon as they are directly enroute. I had never heard of Chateau Chillon and it seems like it would be a lovely spot to stop. Do you think it would be very crowded with tourists? Also, any suggestions on places to eat along the road? Casual outdoor patio type places would best suit us.
Also will the German side of our first leg (Frankfurt - Freiburg) not be as interesting as going on the French side? Is there a spot halfway on German side people would recommend to stop and have a little walk? I have looked at the Michelin guide but like to hear what other travellers think. Hope I have not done the wrong thing by booking a place in Freiburg. Though I have read here and elsewhere that it is a lovely town. And I read there is a spa there so perhaps we can skip BadenBaden! Has anyone been to the thermal baths in Freiburg?
Thanks for the vignette tip.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Frankfurt - Freiburg
You could stop at the rest areas on the autobahn. Scroll to service areas on next link.

http://www.gettingaroundgermany.info/autobahn.shtml

Rest areas shown:

http://www.autobahnatlas-online.de/index_e.html

If you want a more serious stop there is a castle/park in Schwetzingen:

http://www.schloss-schwetzingen.de/e...me/268239.html

and Kaffeehaus Schwetzingen:

http://translate.google.com/translat...ed=0CEIQ7gEwAA

As far as which is more interesting, the France or German route.Driving through the Black Forest like Baden Baden to Freiburg would be interesting but would add 6 hours of driving while the France wine route and Colmar which I mentioned in an earlier post would add an hour of driving plus stops.

You will enjoy your stay and the cafes in Freiburg.Your hotel will probably be near the town center which is a good strolling area. There are some driving excursions from Freiburg if you are up to it.Ask the T.I. or your hotel about thermal baths.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 11:23 PM
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Rest areas shown:
Click Routes, click A5
http://www.autobahnatlas-online.de/index_e.html
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Aug 15th, 2012, 12:29 AM
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Thank-you! This has been very helpful.
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Aug 15th, 2012, 02:03 AM
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We spent almost a week last September in the Alsace region. The countryside was stunning and the villages so beautiful. If you get a chance to visit there you will not be disappointed.

We also flew into Frankfurt and had no trouble making our way to Riquewihr for our overnight stay.
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 01:12 AM
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Just wanted to touch base again. We have done our drive to Morzine and our stopover in Freiburg.
Freiburg was such a charming town! We could have easily spent more time here. My children loved wandering around the old town centre, getting breakfast at the outdoor market and checking out all the gargoyles on the cathedral.
Unfortunately the weather turned on our second leg to Morzine and torrential rains prevented us from doing much sightseeing along the way. We did pop into Fribourg Switzerland for a break. It was a very pretty town but the few people we interacted with were not very friendly. We drove past Chateau Chillon, etc but could hardly see through the driving rain!
We now make the drive to Torino from Morzine. There is already snow on the mountains it is so unseasonably cold. Thanks for your help
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:11 AM
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thanks for dropping in with your news, kpiepen. I was sure that you would enjoy Freiburg - shame that Fribourg wasn't so successful.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!
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