My family of 3 are driving from Copenhagen to Geneva - where we will stay for a week - taking 3 days to go down and 2 coming back. I am looking for a point to stay the first night after a longish drive - my second night will be in Bacharach. Cologne is an option, but not sure I want to deal with traffic and city after a 9 hr drive. Hamburg is too close to home - I want to be able to take time to get to Bacharach, see St Goar, etc. Any suggestions either in/around Cologne or another place east/north of there that would be interesting for a night? I am not interested in checking off sights - though am always up for a spa, cave, curious spot. After Bacharach we will drive down rt. 9 through Bingen, Mannheim, Baden Baden and stay around Freiburg. We will also be driving through this area on the way back north, so don't have to see everything. I'd like to go to the spa once, though my daughter doesn't want to do the the nude thing. There are a couple organic vineyards I'd like to see. Any suggestions on day 1 overnight, or interesting non-touristed things would be appreciated, as well as b&b in freiburg.
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