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Best Day Trips from Frankfurt

By Viator, November 2014

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With a huge number of domestic and international flights landing in Frankfurt, the lively metropolis makes a strategic base for exploring central Germany, with excellent transport links to Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and the Rhine Valley. If you’re short on time or money, basing yourself in the city and exploring the surrounding sights can be easier than traveling around the region,  so to give you some ideas, here are some of the best day trips from Frankfurt.

1. Rhine River Valley

One of the most popular day tours from Frankfurt is to the idyllic Rhine River Valley and the most atmospheric way to explore the region is by boat. Take a boat cruise from Frankfurt to Mainz then continue through the UNESCO World Heritage listed section between Mainz and Koblenz – one of the most scenic boat rides in Europe, dotted with impressive hilltop fortresses, medieval villages and natural landmarks.

2. Heidelberg

A day or half-day tour to nearby Heidelberg is top of many traveler’s itineraries, reached by a drive along the dramatic Bergstrasse, or Mountain Road. Stop off at one of the many wineries and castles before you reach the main attraction –the romantic Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg), once the principal residence of the Kurpfalz Princes and now renowned as one of Germany’s most beautiful castles.

3. Trier

Go back in time with a visit to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, dating back to 2000 BC. Less than 2 hours from Frankfurt, Trier’s main sights are the remnants of the Roman colony established in the city in 16BC, including Germany’s oldest cathedral, built by Constantine the Great  in 326 AD. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, the ancient city is set on the banks of the Moselle River and features one of the earliest Gothic buildings in Germany, the Liebfrauenkirche, Roman Baths and a 20,000-capacity Roman Amphitheater.

4. Romantic Road

Lying close to the start of Germany’s iconic Romantic Road, Frankfurt makes a perfect launch pad for exploring Bavaria’s most scenic tourist route and there’s plenty to explore even if you’ve only got one day. Starting out at nearby Wurzburg, the road takes in attractions like the medieval town of Rothenburg, the walled city of Augsburg, the Tauber Valley vineyards and, further south, the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle.

5. Black Forest


Those looking to escape the city will find plenty to do in Bavaria’s majestic Black Forest with ample opportunities for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Don’t miss a visit to the picturesque spa town of Baden Baden en route.

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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

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Heidelberg and Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit two of Germany's most charming places on a full-day trip from Frankfurt. With an expert guide to show you around Heidelberg, you'll explore the ruins at ...  Read more

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Eltz Castle Tour from Frankfurt with Rhine River Dinner

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Guided Rothenburg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit Rothenburg ob der Tabuer in the Franconia region of Germany on a full-day trip from Frankfurt. Accompanied by an expert guide, you'll take a guided ...  Read more

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Frankfurt Super Saver: City Highlights Tour plus Rhine Valley Cruise and Wine Tasting

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Experience the highlights of Frankfurt and the surrounding Rhine Valley in one day by combining two best-selling tours at a discounted price. In the morning, ...  Read more

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Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and explore the scenic woods of Germany's Black Forest on a day trip from Frankfurt. Head to Baden-Baden where you ...  Read more

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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Explore the historic city of Cologne on this full-day trip from Frankfurt! Travel by luxury coach to Cologne and enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the ...  Read more

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Small-Group Trier Day Trip from Frankfurt

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