Husband and I have 8 days between arrival in Frankfurt and when we need to be in Amsterdam. We're kicking around lots of ideas so I'm curious to hear from some who know the areas. We'd prefer to travel by train, and are looking for a blend of both historic and scenic stops. We like exploring cute villages with a hike or bike for a couple of hours, mixed in with stop(s) at larger cities that offer museums or unique sites.
We know we have somewhat limited time but are really wide open right now. Do we head south towards Heidelberg and Strasbourg, then circle back ultimately to Amsterdam? Do we go west and explore the towns and regions along the Rhine? Are there places worth stopping to see or stay in north of Frankfurt along the way? Where would you go?
Specific site recommendations are appreciated too although I know we can probably find good info in the Forums once we narrow down the route.
thanks in advance!!