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Wegen to Lucerne--Train to Rothenberg Germany?--Car rental Question

We will be leaving Wengen in Late June and Plan to spend a couple of days in Rothenber Germany, if we can get a train from Lucerne. We then plan to rent a car , tour the Romantic Road and the Rhinelandfor 4- 5 days then Fly out of Rankfurt. Does this eem logical, or should we rent a car in Lucerne and take off from there? Thanks for any help. Dennis

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Thank you Steve, we would probably take the car to Frankfurt, this is helpful.

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The fastest train route from Wengen to Rothenburg bypasses Lucerne. If you book far enough ahead (up to 92 days allowed) on the German Rail site,, you can get a Europa-Spezial Schweiz fare as low as 39 EUR.

Note: On the DB site correct spelling and the complete name is important. It's Rothenburg, not Rothenberg. There are several towns named Rothenburg in Germany. The one I assume you want is Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

If you're going to stop in Lucerne, buy your Wengen-Luzern (Lucerne) tickets in Wengen. According to the Swiss Rail site, the standard 2nd class fare is 43.20 CHF (about 29 EUR). If you book Luzern-Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the DB site, you can get the same 39 EUR Europa-Spezial Schweiz fare as the one offered for Wengen-Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The allotted number of discount fare tickets sell out fast so book ASAP.

After you get summary timetables for Wengen-Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Luzern-Rothenburg ob der Tauber, click on the arrow to the left of each departure time to see the connecting points.