My wife and I (both 63 years old) will be traveling to Germany from January 25, 2019 to About February 12. We will fly into Frankfurt. We want to explore the Frankfurt-Munich area for about 8 days. Is it worth it to go to the Black Forest in January-February? Are the little towns on the Romantic High Way going to have much open? or does most of stores/restaurants/hotels close up. Are there any boat trips available along the Rhine during this time? We would like to go to Rothenburg, Freiburg, and Munich. Suggestions? Travel by train tips? Thanks Brad
Brad: I've been to the Black Forest a couple of times going through. There are other places in Southern Germany and Western Tirol (Austria) with far more beautiful scenery.
We did go in February once to ski in Innsbruck, so I cannot attest to what's going to be open on the Romantic Highway. I would assume things will be open even though it may be cold.
It's doubtful that tourist boat trips will be on the Rhine this month.
Freiburg is in the far southwest of Germany--far from Rothenburg and Munich. Are you sure you want to go there? Other cities might be easier to get to by train, like Salzburg or Innsbruck.