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Travel to germany in september

Old Jun 26th, 2008, 06:46 AM
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Travel to germany in september

I am going with my husband to germany in Sept. and feel overwhelmed. We fly into Frankfurt on Sept. 24,--- meet with my sister in Munich for Ocktoberfest Sept 27 thru Oct 1.
What should we do inbetween 24 and 27 and from Oct 1 thru 7. We fly back out of Frankfurt. I thought we should do a German rail pass for about 1100.00 US (6 days of travel) Seems pricey but we do not have a credit card to rent a car. HELP!
Also we have reservations for lodging close to Munich for Ocktoberfest but do we need reservations for the rest of the trip?
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 06:59 AM
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You could spend a few days in the Rhine Valley and/or the Mosel Valley. There's a wine festival in Boppard from 9/26-29 and 10/3-10/5. Plan on lots of wine and food stands, street music, and a fabulous fireworks show on Sat 10/4. Boppard is a town with Roman roots and some reminders of its ancient past, the largest of the Rhine villages with an excellent location for daytrips to Bacharach, Marksburg Castle in Braubach, and the Mosel Valley towns (Cochem, Beilstein, Trier.) There's also a cool chairlift ride to an overlook where the river looks like 4 lakes - the overlook is called the "Vierseenblick" (Four-lakes-lookout) and there's a pleasant outdoor cafe up top. There are plenty of hotel and restaurant services in Boppard and the neighboring towns (St. Goar, Oberwesel, Rhens) but you should reserve in advance.
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 07:16 AM
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The Boppard fireworks also take place on 9/27.


Here are a few photos of the Mosel River towns:

http://www.mosel-reisefuehrer.de/mos...ightsengl.html

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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 07:18 AM
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"I thought we should do a German rail pass for about 1100.00 US (6 days of travel)"

A German rail twinpass (for 2) costs only $215 each for 4 days, $25 for additional days.
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 07:42 AM
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Is that 215 in US dollars? Where should I look for that price?
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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www.ricksteves.com/rail/germany.htm
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 09:01 AM
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Take a look in http://www.railkey.com/tickets/more-...AFF=EOR#german

"You have a choice of 4 to 10 flexible days of travel within a 1 month period. Adult 1st Class and 2nd Class passes are available. There are also Twin-passes good for two people traveling together. Travelers under 26 can save with the Germany Youthpass".

The price , for instance , is in second class, for adult twin :
4 days in a month 206$ / pp, 7 days in a month 277 $/pp, etc.
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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If you want to make a number of stops during one day in a single federal state, you should check out the Länder-Tickets sold by DB.

For around $40, up to five people can have unlimited travel, subject to some restrictions: second class only, and after 9AM weekdays (weekend days are 24-hours). These tickets also include transport on city train systems, and S-Bahns (streetcars).
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Hi J,

Before you buy a railpass, check the prices for each of your trips at www.bahn.de. They have discount fares in addition to the Länder-Tickets.



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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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IMO you should spend the three days along the Rhine Valley, Frankfurt to Koln and Bonn, with some time in Bacharach and/or St. Goar, then down the Mosel Valley to Trier, with some time at Cochem and Berg Eltz. You can see a lot very reasonably by train in three days. This is wine country so September is a perfect time to be there.

An alternative to rail passes is the Schoene Wochende (Beautiful Weekend) or Bayern (Bavaria) ticket options, or equivalent. They are for the local trains rather than the fast trains and for traveling after the morning commute. In this area you will want the local trains.

You should also check out point to point prices on the local trains, they are usually inexpensive compared to the faster trains. Your trips will be relatively short, you don't really need to pay for unlimited travel.
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 11:45 AM
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Bayern ticket is a Lander ticket. Bavaria is one of the Landers. ira referred to them more appropriately.
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Old Jun 26th, 2008, 11:49 AM
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The alpine area south on Munich has lots of charm and scenic beauty. You can travel on the Bavaria ticket (27 euros per day for up to 5 people for travel after 9am).

Things to see include Ludwig's castles (Neue Schwanstein, Hohenschwangau Linderhof, Herren Chiemsee) Oberammergau, Wiesekirche, Ettal Monastary, Garmish, Mittenwald, Bertschesgaden and Salzburg.
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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Thanks so much for the help. Would you recommend reservations or do you think we can just wing it. I am hoping for lodging for about 100 U.S. dollars per night.
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Old Jun 28th, 2008, 08:06 PM
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You might find that price in a Zimmer Frei in smaler towns but with the exchance rate that is shooting a little low for most places. More than likely you will be more the 80-100 euro range.
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Another option for the first few days before Munich would be to go east along the Main River to Würzburg. This is a beautiful city in another wine producing area (to balance the beer at Oktoberfest)
http://www.wuerzburg.de/en/tourisman...ons/index.html

It is at the northern end of the Romantic Road
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If you are in Munich and do not go to the mountains, you will regret it. See SALZBURG, BERCHTESGADEN, GARMISCH and the castles. Great way to spend your time and all very close to Munich.
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