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Germnay - Munich to Black Forest, Black Forest to River Valley- Suggestions required!


My husband and I are doing a 11 day Germany trip, we land in Munich and intend to spend 5 nights in munich doing various day trips (Salsburg, Nuremberg etc). We plan to leave Munich on May 25 and head to Black Forest.
We then intend to spend 3 nights in Black Forest, 2N/3 D in River valley, and then reach Frankfurt by 30 May to catch a train to Netherlands.

Need advice on what should be our base in BF and River Valley - preferably places which are well connected by trains. Also places which have good hiking options, which do not require a guided tour.

For BF - we are pretty clue less - would like to use the KONUS - but not sure how to determine if a hotel is empanelled or not.

For Rhine Valley - am thinking either Mainz or Bacharach [We want to explore the river boats and hike around the place].

Also, what would be the best way to travel from BF to RV? We are ok to change the duration if that would make more sense.

Any suggestions would be welcome :D

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"River Valley" is not a place name. I assume you mean the Rhine Valley or Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Page 2 of this flyer lists all towns that issue the KONUS card.

Gengenbach (Konus town) has a favorable location for visiting the towns along the Black Forest Railway (Gutach and the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum, Haslach, Villingen, Triberg.) From G'bach it's also easy to reach Schiltach and Freiburg. Enter "Gengenbach" to search for Gengenbach accommodations at this tourist authority website for the Black Forest:

Mainz is a big city well south of the scenic section of the Middle Rhine Valley - not the best place if you want to be where the scenery and the best cruising lie. Here is a map of your target area. Bacharach, Oberwesel, St. Goar and Boppard are all nice towns in the MRV near one another. In part because the "best" cruise (IMO) is Bingen-St. Goar or Bingen-Boppard, I suggest St. Goar or Boppard as a base town; when your cruise is over, you are "home" with no further connections to be made. ALSO: St. Goar has a FERRY crossing so you can use trains on the opposite river bank; Boppard does too, though it's somewhat less convenient to cross the river there. St. Goar has the best (IMO) river scenery of all the towns with 3 castles visible from town; Rheinfels is right in town and a popular castle to visit. Hiking from St. Goar along the clifftops south to Oberwesel is wonderful; Boppard has good hiking as well. Boppard has a really nice river promenade, a chair lift and scenic overlook, and more lodging/dining choices than the other towns. Boppard is also better located for a scenic train ride up the Mosel Valley or a visit to Burg Eltz. Bacharach has the nicest old-world buildings but it lacks some of the features found in St. Goar and Boppard and is a bit less convenient for train travelers. Anyway, if you stay in St. Goar you are only 10 minutes from Bacharach, and you really should wander down there for a look through the town.