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Short stop(s) between Frankfurt and the Hof area

If our friends in Germany continue to allow entry to US citizens, I will be there Aug 27 through Sept 5. The primary impetus for the trip is a wedding in Bad Steben, near Hof. On my arrival day, I need to get from the Frankfurt airport to Bad Steben. I'm leaning toward trying the My Daytrip people for the transfer as opposed to the train. That gives me about 5 hours of time that could be used for a stop along the way. Any thoughts on a good place or two to stop?

Major cities/towns along the way include Aschaffenburg, Würzburg, Bamberg, and Bayreuth. All look pretty great to me Given timed entries and what not for museums/Schlösser/etc, I wouldn't really expect to do much of that. I'm open to smaller places, too. I don't think I've done anything in Germany I didn't like, but I particularly like architecture, parks, nature, and general wandering.

Of note, Bad Steben will be followed by Chemnitz for an open air concert and then Berlin for close to a week.

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Maybe the Mainschleife bei Volkach. See a few smalller Franken Wein towns along the Main and walk the vineyards. The view and resturant/hotel at Vogelsburg is pretty nice.

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We hope to be in your area of Germany beginning August 28 but in the two states north of you visiting Erfurt, Leipzig, Dresden and Gölitz for a few days each and taking day trips by train.

Our friend just returned yesterday from a 3 week visit to see his family, the Nila baker, near Hof. Small world. We finally made it to Bamberg two years ago and really like the beautiful, historical city center. It was extremely busy when we were there. It coincided with Octoberfest dates in Munich and it seemed like Bamberg had the bier pilgrimage overflow crowd. We had trouble finding restaurants with openings on the two days we were there. This year that shouldn’t be a problem for you but I like the idea of visiting a smaller village on the Main for a meal before stopping in beautiful Bamberg to stroll for a couple of hours.

Enjoy the wedding and your time in Germany. We are watching and waiting to see if we will be able or feel comfortable going.