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Sightseeing on the road north of Frankfurt

by Psus Online Now Oct 29, 2005 at 2:31 PM

Arriving Frankfurt 7:15 AM driving north to Koeln then northeast to Schwelm by 7:30 PM. What sites are there that we should see? A quaint town? A castle? A Roman ruin? A great place to eat? A beautiful church?

I know it's not much time, but I also know there has got to be something there that I just shouldn't miss.

Thanks.

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  • Ritchie_Lionheart's Profile Photo

    RE: Sightseeing on the road north of Frankfurt

    by Ritchie_Lionheart Online Now Oct 29, 2005 at 3:41 PM

    Drive alon the Rhine, best right, but left is not bad neiter. Avoid motorways. You decide: FAST or SCEBIC, impossible to have it both.

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    RE: Sightseeing on the road north of Frankfurt

    by abalada Online Now Oct 29, 2005 at 4:28 PM

    Most scenic route would be to drive from Frankfurt to Cologne through the Middle Rhine Valley
    talderloreley.de/index.en.ph...
    http://www.welterbe-mittelrheintal.de/

    > A quaint town?
    The Middle Rhine Valley is full of them.

    > A castle?
    No shortage on them.
    talderloreley.de/impressione...

    > A Roman ruin?
    Also many, but often the only remaining are the foundations.
    There are some Roman ruins spread over Cologne
    koeln.nicecity.de/english/ar...
    Best for Roman ruins in Germany is the city of Trier
    http://www.trier.de (but not on the direct route)
    Just north of Frankfurt there is the Saalburg, a reconstructed Roman fort
    http://www.saalburgmuseum.de/

    > A beautiful church?
    Many. The most important on this route are:
    the nearly 1000 years old Mainz Cathedral
    mainz.de/WGAPublisher/online...
    Cologne Cathedral (the most visited building in Germany)
    koelner-dom.de/index.php?id=...

    I would do this trip by train
    - castle spotting is nicer/easier from the train
    - driving into and parking in the city center of Cologne is not that much fun. And the cathedral is really next to the main railway station.

    DB timetable
    reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/qu...
    From: FRA
    To: Schwelm
    Via: Koblenz

    With a normal train ticket (valid 2 days) you can make stops as long as they are en route.

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  • RE: RE: Sightseeing on the road north of Frankfurt

    by Psus Online Now Oct 31, 2005 at 12:15 PM

    Ritchie Lionheart,

    Thank you. I definitely want scenic.

    Do you know a route number? Highway number?

    Thanks again, Psus

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  • RE: RE: Sightseeing on the road north of Frankfurt

    by Psus Online Now Oct 31, 2005 at 12:16 PM

    Abalada,
    Thanks for all the websites. I am definitely going to check them out.
    Psus

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