As as I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be in Germany for one month - from late April through late May and traveling solo. I'm starting off in Berlin and after 5 days will head down to Franconia for the first part of my trip. I'm getting a little confused about train travel there. I plan on getting a super saver fare to get from Berlin to my base city. And for the base city, I'm wavering between Würzburg and Bamberg, which is partly causing the confusion,
So I found the Nuremberg VGN network, which lets me train between many of the small towns around Nuremburg, including Bamberg, for pretty cheap fares. This would be handy if I decide to base myself in Bamberg. But it does not include Würzburg. Russ sent me a jpg showing the Würzburg Main Spessart line, which includes Bamburg and many other small towns.
So I'm confused about which network I use. I tried a couple of requests on DB and some worked, but others didn't give me a fare (for example, Würzburg to Dinklesbühl). It said that it could only give me the DB partial fare, but it then changes to a non-DB train. But how do I know what train? And how do i schedule a trip with 2 different train companies? I'm sure I'm making this way more difficult that it needs to be, but any help would be appreciated.
Also, if anyone could help me decide on a place to base myself there, I would appreciate it. I'd like to stay in a bit bigger town/city than a smaller one but don't really want to stay in Nuremburg. Bamberg and Würzburg both look interesting - Bamberg a bit more so, partly because the train situation seems to be easier. BUT I like wine and I know Bamberg is known for its beer and Würzburg for its wine. I drink beer and will certainly have some while I'm in Germany, but I like drinking wine a lot more. So I guess I'm wondering if that should be a factor in my decision. Logistically, I would like to visit Dinklesbühl, Nuremburg and a few of the smaller towns like Iphofen, Bad Windsheim and Neustadt an der Aisch on day trips.