8 Best Day Trips from Frankfurt

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Map of day trips from Frankfurt

Cochem

Cochem is a small medieval town situated in the Lower Rhine region, on the border to the Netherlands. It’s a popular spot for tourists looking for a break from the everyday hassle of modern life.

Cochem has remained largely unchanged since its inception, so you will still find the old market square, city hall and the famous octagonal market hall in almost the same places that they were in the Middle Ages.

It has one of the largest fish markets in the world, where you can buy fresh fish from the Rurtal canal for a fraction of the cost you’d pay in Paris.

The city is also famous for the Fischbach Falls, where the Kneiff, Sieg and Wupper Rivers all converge to form the river Lower Rhine. The falls run throughout the year, fed by the melting snow on the surrounding peaks.

This makes Cochem’s location popular for people looking to escape the cold winter months and enjoy family-friendly activities.

This video from Travel Channel’s Around the World in 80 Ways “Forgotten Germany” provides a great overview of what you can find in Cochem.

Getting to Cochem

Cochem is located near the Mosel River and is Germany’s most visited wine region.

One of the best ways to see this beautiful city is with a Bus and Boat tour. This combination tour provides a 3 hour interactive wine experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Having this wine tasting on a boat is a great experience! After wine tasting you’ll have an opportunity to see the fairy tale Rhine Castle on a walking tour.

During the 1.5 hour tour you will experience Cochem from the back of a horse drawn carriage

To book a boat and a bus tour:

Strasbourg

  • Strasbourg is one of the most beautiful cities in France, with its famous clock tower and of course, the cathedral. It is the capital of the Grand Est region and was originally a German city. It was taken over by the French in 1681.
  • The city is an excellent place to invest in a vacation rental in. If you plan to stay within the city limits, there are plenty of apartments available to rent, usually through Airbnb.
  • With so much historical value and beauty, it’s hard to go wrong with any of the vacation rentals in Strasbourg.
  • The city has more than one cathedral, which is a great attraction to tourists. Inside, you’ll find beautiful art from all over Europe, as well as the Strasbourg gargoyles.
  • The old town is pretty picturesque, and the cafés are some of the best in France.
  • Some lake activities can be done here as well, like sailing and swimming.
  • The Reichsstrasse boulevard starts just south of the cathedral and runs all the way to the German border. The road is quite beautiful and is a fantastic place for a walk, jogging or even a bike ride.

Getting to Strasbourg

Strasbourg lies in the Bas-Rhin département between the eastern bank of the Rhine and the Black Forest in the German southeast. The three largest cities near the city of Strasbourg are Strasbourg itself, Colmar, and Kehl.

The Place de la République, Strasbourg, France.

Wurzburg

Getting to Wurzburg

By Plane

Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) is only a 4-hour drive from Wurzburg. Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get there. However, if time is not a factor, you could take the scenic route and take a train.

It’s an easy 12-hour trip (about 1 hour each way) from Frankfurt, Germany to Wurzburg. There are two options for traveling from Frankfurt to Wurzburg by rail:

Day trains: These trains are about 12 hours long and runs just once a day. These seats are more comfortable, but cost around 75% more than regular trains. Because the train takes 12 hours to reach Wurzburg, transferring in Mainz or Koblenz can be complicated.

Night trains: These trains take much of the same route as the day trains, but operate at night. The entire trip takes 9 hours and 15 minutes and costs 38% less than the day trains.

Both night and day trains offer rapid transit between main train stations along the route.

Plane Ticket it is not very cheap, but the plane ticket price includes a rental car, so you can use it to reach your accommodation.

Cologne

Cologne is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the east bank of the Rhine. It is the fourth-largest city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich and the largest city by area, with 2,800 hectares including an average of 1,355 hectares in the Düsseldorf metropolitan area and with over half of its 386,421 inhabitants living in the Düsseldorf Metropolitan Region.

The city is famous for its Cologne carnival, which takes place every year in which residents dress up in costumes, party, and enjoy countless street processions and parades. There are many attractions, including the Cologne Cathedral,… the oldest Gothic church in Western Europe and the Irish-born Irish Heritage Centre at the Irish Centre in the city centre.

Getting to Cologne

The Cologne central station is located on the Cologne/Frankfurt H�rzburg railway and offers connections to the Mainz central station and Dusseldorf central station. Taxis and buses are easy to find outside the station and are the best alternatives to reach Cologne's central locations.

Car

Cologne Airport is only 30 km from the city and the A3 is the main road that leads to the city. The autobahn A44 leads to Munich and Nuremberg. It would take about 3 hours to drive to Frankfurt from Cologne.

Intra-European Train

The ICE network (InterCity Express) from the Frankfurt central station connects Cologne to Vienna, London and Paris via Brussels.

Munich Airport and Cologne Airport

Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN) is the largest airport in Germany. The airport is located around 8 km northeast of the city. It has direct connections to more than 30 European cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Milan and Rome.

Frankfurt H�rzburg Airport (FRA) is located about 25 km southwest of the city. It has direct connections to more than 50 European cities and is the gateway to Germany for most Asian cities.

Black Forest

Getting to Black Forest

Black forest is a village in southern Germany that has been turned into a popular tourist attraction. You will find many of the attractions described under the Black forest region above, along with many other options. You can follow the simple driving instructions above.

Some History –

The Black Forest was a forest that once covered a large area of southwestern Germany and extended into northern France. The portion that remains today accounts for a third of the total Black Forest.

It was a great source of timber for the region, and the economic landscape changed when the demand for wood began to equal the supply. The forests were also at risk from industrial development.

By the 18th century, most of the trees had already been cut down. As the forests disappeared, the cutting of timber became more regulated. A common practice was to log the trees while they were still in their natural state, but the government was becoming more concerned with conserving the forest. By the end of the 19th century, the Black Forest decreased to its present size of about 457 square kilometers or 175,000 acres.

Sights to See –

{1}. The Black Forest spa
{2}. Schauinsland mountain railway
{3}. Schönster Saarloos Wineturm
{4}. Niederwald monument
{5}. Hochstein mountain railway
{6}. Narni tunnel

Mainz

Getting to Mainz

Mainz is a perfect city to visit for a day trip from Frankfurt/Main airport. You can get off at the Mainz-Kastel station, which is the last stop on the Frankfurt – Mainz S-Bahn and where you have different options for getting to your destination.

Getting to Mainz by Train from Frankfurt/Main

Go to Mainz-Kastel station by train and get off at either the main station of Mainz or at the Hauptbahnhof.

The Mainz Hauptbahnhof is about a 10 minute walk from both places.

Mainz by Bus

If you prefer to travel by bus, you can get off at the main bus station of the city. Depending on the type of station, the trip from Frankfurt/Main to Mainz Hauptbahnhof takes from 30 to 90 minutes.

Mainz by Taxi

A taxi should cost around €60 to get from Frankfurt to the Mainz Hauptbahnhof. It is recommended to always have a price estimate as you can ask the driver and get an idea how much the trip will cost from the airport to the city.

Rhine Valley Cruise

Taking a Cruise

Cruising is one of the greatest ways to travel. You board a ship and sleep and eat all day. You get to make stops at ports of call in port cities or private islands where the boat docks. When you get back to the ship you shower and restock for the next port of call.

It’s all very relaxing, fun and just what you would want. And there are a number of cruises that can be booked on different ships from around the world, so you can travel anywhere you want.

Some of the best cruise lines include Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, and Celebrity.

For your trip to Germany, you can arrange any cruise with any of these cruise lines.

Heidelberg

Germany.

Heidelberg is an old German city that lies in the southwestern part of the country in the beautiful Neckar river valley. It is the capital of the Heidelberg district and has an estimated population of over 160,000 people (which does not include the students and working age folks in and around Heidelberg). Heidelberg is a small city with venerable historical buildings and some great architecture, but most of the reason to come here is that it is situated close to the most beautiful castle in Germany.

Heidelberg Castle is one of the most spectacular castles in Germany. It was built in the 12th century and is surrounded by the picturesque old town. There is a permanent exhibit of the History of Science and a collection of old cars. It was once the headquarters of the Holy Roman Empire and has some of the most spectacular rooms.

The castle is one of the city’s main attractions, but Heidelberg also has a number of other interesting and historic buildings including a Roman amphitheatre, an 11th century church, and a Gothic town hall. It is also a great place to buy some of Germany’s famous handcrafted porcelain.

Getting to Heidelberg

Heidelberg is quite easily accessible from Frankfurt, which is the capital city of Germany.

The easiest way to reach Heidelberg from Frankfurt is to simply hop on a train. The journey should take around 2.5 hours, and the trains are quite comfortable.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Heidelberg is the Odenwald, which is a famous wine region right outside of the city.

If you feel like visiting the local wine region, you can hop on a train to Weinheim, which is just a short car ride away.

Weinheim is quite close to Mansfelder Land, which is very popular among young couples in Germany.

Mansfeld is a historical wedding venue with very specific rules that make it unique. You can visit for a few hours and see why it is considered one of the great places to get married in Germany.

When you arrive at Mansfeld, you can take a stroll around the park and learn a bit about the history of the region. If you have time, you can attend a wedding.

There are strict guidelines about the way weddings are to be held here, and the views from the park are exquisite.

Once you arrive back in the city center of Heidelberg, you can do a bit of shopping and enjoy some wine in the local pubs.