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Top Day Trips from Frankfurt

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The lively metropolis of Frankfurt makes a convenient base for exploring Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, the Romantic Road, and the Rhine River Valley, some of Germany’s most popular spots. Here are some of the top day trip destinations from Frankfurt.

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-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.

Heidelberg
A half-day or full-day tour to nearby Heidelberg is at the 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.

Trier
Go back in time with a visit to Germany’s oldest city, Trier, dating back to 2000 BC. Under two hours from Frankfurt, Trier’s main sights are the remnants of the Roman colony established in the city in 16 BC, including Germany’s oldest cathedral, built by Constantine the Great in AD 326. 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.

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.

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

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See two countries in one day on your Black Forest and Strasbourg day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling by luxury coach, you'll visit the spa town of Baden-Baden ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $264.68
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Frankfurt Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg Day Trip

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Visit two of Germany’s most famous attractions in one day with this Frankfurt Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours at a discounted price. First, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Frankfurt Super Saver: City Highlights Tour plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip and Cruise, Frankfurt, ... 
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Frankfurt Super Saver: City Highlights Tour plus Full-Day Rhine Valley Trip and Cruise

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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

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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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

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Eltz Castle Tour from Frankfurt with Rhine River Dinner

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Follow the footsteps of medieval lords and aristocrats on a tour of Eltz Castle, and then enjoy dinner on the banks of the Rhine! This must-do day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.91
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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

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.62
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Frankfurt Combo: Heidelberg Half-Day Trip and Frankfurt City Tour

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Combine two tours to explore both Frankfurt and nearby Heidelberg in one day. Start with a half-day trip to Heidelberg to visit the impressive Heidelberg ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Explore the medieval cities of Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling with an expert guide, you’ll learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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 to enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the world-famous Cologne Cathedral ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty,' on this day trip from Frankfurt. Travel through the gorgeous ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $327.02

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