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Travel Itinerary

Southern Germany

Destinations

Using the following route map in Google: Route Map

The itinerary starting from Frankfurt, Germany includes two major German towns, a college town, towns along the southern border with Austria, on Lake Constance (Bodensee), the Romantic Road and along the Rhine. An ideal time frame for this itinerary would be 4-weeks. To shorten your trip, you could fly into Munich and after visiting Rothenburg ob der Tauber drive west to Heidelberg and then south resuming the original route to Freiburg im Breisgau, etc. Short Route Map

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 1 Night

To begin our Southern Germany Tour we fly into the traditional overseas gateway to Germany, Frankfurt am Main. Home of the US 3rd Infantry Division after WWII this is a city I am well familiar with. Frankfurt, the city of Goethe with the largest financial center on the continent yet it has less than 10% of the population of London.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in the city on August 28, 1749. Goethe, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, was considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era. Our fist stop will be at the house in which he was born "at midday, as the clock was striking twelve", and where he grew up with his sister Cornelia. Goethe's house and attached museum are open to the public.

Purchased in 1868 from Duke Adolph of Nassau’s castle gardens in Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Palmengarten is a renowned botanical garden, one of three in Frankfurt. The garden is the site of numerous concerts and other cultural events.

Established as a civic foundation in 1815 by the banker and businessman Johann Friedrich Städel, the Städel Museum ranks as Germany’s oldest museum foundation. Under a single roof, its collection offers a virtually complete survey of seven hundred years of European art from the early fourteenth century to the present.

One of my favorite museums in Frankfurt is the Verkehrsmuseum (Transport Museum). More than two dozen rail vehicles and omnibuses are housed in the original depots and grounds of the former Frankfurter Waldbahn-Gesellschaft (1889-1929), as well as in the landmarked Schwanheim terminal. A collection of documents, photographs, tickets, uniforms, route maps, and a panorama signal post round out the 125-year retrospective.

The museum’s highlights include the first horse-drawn tram run by the Frankfurter Trambahngesellschaft, dating from 1872, and a vintage 1900 steam engine. Normally open only on Sundays, be sure to check their latest schedule.

Sachsenhausen is a popular entertainment area of Frankfurt with its main street, Schweizer Strasse hosting a thriving hub of coffee shops, where every Tuesday and Friday there is a local farmers market. On the river itself, you will find multiple museums which host yearly events including the ever-popular Museumsuferfest, allowing you to enjoy each museum at a heavily discounted price for three nights. Every two weeks, the Mainkai hosts a Flohmarkt (Flea Market) where you can find vendors offering bric-a-brac deals and high-end wares at reasonable prices. At Alt-Sachs (Old-Sachsenhausen), you’ll be greeted with cobblestone streets, traditional German-style drinking spots and several night clubs.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 3 Nights

After leaving Frankfurt we head East and cross the Rhine at Bendorfer Brücke near Koblenz towards the Moselle River which flows by Cochem. As you arrive near Cochem keep your eyes out for the Reichsburg Cochem which was built in the 12th century and last restored in the 19th. The only remnants of the original castle are portions of the ring wall, octagonal tower, “Hexenturm” witch’s gate and the building housing the great hall (Rittersaal).

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 1 Night

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 3 Nights

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 2 Nights

The Höllentalbahn translates to Hell Valley Railway, but in reality is a heavenly experience and a must-do when you are in the Black Forest. This 75 km (46 miles) route connects Freiburg im Breisgau with Donaueschingen via the dramatic Dreisam river valley and takes around 90 minutes on an average. It is the steepest rail line in the country, elevating to an altitude of 278 m (912 ft) to 885 m (2,904 ft) during its course. The most exciting part of this route is crossing of the Ravenna Gorge on the 40-metre-high (131 ft) Ravenna Bridge

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Things to see:

  • Höllentalbahn: Freiburg im Breisgau to Donaueschingen
  • Dutch Quarter
  • Altr Markt
  • Alexandrowka
  • Brandenburg Gate

Restaurants:

  • Maison Charlotte
  • Drachenhaus
  • Speckers Landhaus

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 3 Nights

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Things to see:

  • Sanssouci Park
  • Dutch Quarter
  • Altr Markt
  • Alexandrowka
  • Brandenburg Gate

Restaurants:

  • Maison Charlotte
  • Drachenhaus
  • Speckers Landhaus

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 2 Nights

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 4 Nights

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 3 Night

RegensburgCalled “Italy’s northernmost city”, Regensburg is Germany’s best preserved medieval city. Situated at the northernmost point of the Danube River the city offers world renown sights such as Porta Praetoria, the gate to the Roman Castra Regina, the Old Stone Bridge and St. Peters Cathedral. You can visit the Reichssaal which for 200 years served as the seat of parliament for the Perpetual Imperial Diet with its original torture chamber.

The Thurn und Taxis palace belonged to the family dynasty that founded Europe´s first postal service and is now part of the Bavarian National Museum. To fall in love with this town, just stroll through the narrow streets and alleys of the old town and you can see what the city once was and still is today. In contrast with many other city centers, the residents have not been ousted by office-workers. The historic city center has a healthy mixture of shops, offices, flats, hotels, restaurants, and cafés.

Listen to the delightful voices of the boy´s choir of Regensburger Domspatzen, taste the delicious sausages at the Historic Sausage Kitchen or take a boat trip on the Danube River. The historic Wurstkuchl has stood on the Donaustrudel, right next to the Stone Bridge for over 500 years. Where in the Middle Ages the Regensburg stonemasons and dockworkers had their refreshments, much has remained the same to this day: The open charcoal grill, the home-made sausages made from pure pork ham, the sauerkraut from our own fermentation cellar and the famous sausage cake mustard according to the historical recipe of Elsa Schricker.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 3 Nights

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.

Drive Time: 27min 31.95km

Length of Stay: 1 Night

After landing in Berlin we'll take a quick 27 min jaunt down to Potsdam, the often overlooked capital of the federal state of Brandenburg. On our list of things to do, are ensuring that we have all of our luggage, the rental car (optional) is sorted out and that we shake off the remnants of our jet lag. Beyond that enjoy the wonderful palace and gardens at Sanssouci.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands with posh rose gardens. Sanssouci served as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge.