With many direct international flights Frankfurt is a great gateway to explore Germany. And in combination with the city of Stuttgart there is much to see and to do during your 8 day stay!
If you do not want to pack and unpack almost every day the City Duo tour Frankfurt, Stuttgart & surroundings may be the right tour for you.
But WHY should you consider booking the 8-Day City Duo Frankfurt, Stuttgart & surroundings (8R09)?
- It is easy and convenient to fly in and out of Frankfurt International Airport
- Frankfurt itself is nice to visit with the historic Old Town around the “Romerberg” and the Cathedral, the museum river bank and the European Central Bank
- It includes a day trip to Limburg an der Lahn and Weilburg, historic cities not far from Frankfurt. This day trip is something “off the beaten track” and rail travel along the “Lahn” river through the Lahn river valley in between Limburg and Weilburg is very scenic.
- It includes a day trip to Rudesheim am Rhein, the charming town located right at the Rhine River is definitely worth a visit. Located in midst vineyards Rudesheim am Rhein is not only for Riesling lovers. You hike along the “Romantic tour” (cable car & chairlift rides, two boat rides on the Rhine River as well as a visit of Rheinstein Castle).
- Stuttgart itself is nice to visit. The town has the largest vineyards within its city limits from all towns in Germany. And for automobile lovers Stuttgart is a must do. Both, the Mercedes Museum as well as the Porsche Museum are located here.
- Metzingen was the center of the textile industry in Germany. When Hugo Boss started to sell over production to the inhabitants of Metzingen “factory outlet” started here which makes the Outlet City Metzingen authentic and unique. Today the city hosts the largest Hugo Boss Outlet store worldwide (about 55,000 sqft.) and almost all of the major brands (e.g. Prada, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, WMF, Burberry, Joop!).
The tour includes a 2nd-class ticket for the high-speed “ICE” train from Frankfurt Central Station to Stuttgart on Day 5 and from Stuttgart to Frankfurt International Airport on Day 8 (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour). Those two tickets can be upgraded to 1st-class rail for an extra of US $ 89.00 per person (including seat reservations)! Here you also find everything else that is included: transfers, rail tickets, tours and admissions.
Price per Person
|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 979||US $ 1,579||US $ 879|
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Day 1 – Frankfurt Int. Airport/ Frankfurt
Your City Duo tour Frankfurt, Stuttgart & surroundings starts right from Frankfurt International Airport. From the airport terminal you will take the commuter rail directly to Frankfurt Central Station, located in Frankfurt City Center. It only takes 12 minutes from the Airport local train station located below baggage claim in arrival Hall 1 of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt Central Station. The fare is covered by the “Frankfurt Card” which is already included in the price of the vacation package. Your hotel is located in short walking distance of Frankfurt Central Station. Frankfurt is a very modern metropolis which nevertheless offers many historic sites such as the Romerberg (hill of the Romans) with its beautifully restored timber-framed houses, of course the Goethe Haus where the world famous poet once lived, the Paulskirche, symbol for democracy and freedom in Germany, “Alt-Sachsenhausen“, where in Schellgasse number 6 you will find Frankfurt’s oldest timber-framed house which was built around 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt’s historic landmarks.
Day 2 – Frankfurt
Today you have a full day for sightseeing in Frankfurt. You can get around Frankfurt by using the public transportation system within Frankfurt (busses, trams, subways, suburban trains) all day. The fare is covered by the “Frankfurt Card” which is already included in the price of your tour package.
The Frankfurt Museum Riverbank is one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. The exhibition buildings are lined up on both sides of the Main riverbank, several famous museums are to be found in the city centre. Visit the “Stadel“, the German Museum of Architecture as well as the Museum of Applied Art or the “Schirn Kunsthalle” to name only a very few. Don’t miss out on Frankfurt’s “Zeil“, a huge pedestrian zone where shopping is the name of the game.
Day 3 – Day trip by rail: Limburg an der Lahn & Weilburg
Today you go on a circle tour (by rail) which takes you to two beautiful smaller cities just north of Frankfurt, Limburg an der Lahn and Weilburg. Both towns are idyllically located at the Lahn River. You start by visiting Limburg. A direct train takes you right from Frankfurt Central Station to the town which was important in medieval times because of its location at the trade route from Frankfurt to Cologne. Travel time to Limburg is about 70 minutes.
Limburg has a charming little Old Town with many timber-framed houses, some dating back to the 12th century. The “House of the Seven Deadly Sins” for example or the “Werner-Senger-Haus” (located just across), which dates back to 1250. The widely visible landmark of the town, the Cathedral (“Limburger Dom”, also known as “Georgsdom”), is located next to Limburg Castle. It is a beautiful example of the Late Romanesque architecture. And since the Cathedral was built on the highest place in town you have a beautiful view from the Cathedral grounds over the Lahn River Valley and the Old Town. The picture of the Cathedral was taken from the Old Bridge over the Lahn River where you also find the Statue of St. John of Nepomuk.
A direct train will take you from Limburg an der Lahn to Weilburg. Travel time is about 30 minutes. The rail journey itself is very scenic since the railroad tracks run along the Lahn River through the Lahn River Valley. The river is very popular in Germany for kayaking.
Weilburg used to be the governmental seat of the House of Nassau-Weilburg. It has a historic Old Town with timber framed houses. The landmark though is Weilburg Palace (“Schloss Weilburg”) which was first erected as a Castle in the 14th century. It was converted in the 16th and 18th centuries into a Palace and it is considered among the best-preserved Renaissance Palaces. Adjected to the Palace is the Lutheran “Schlosskirche” (Palace Church) from the early 18th century. Also the Garden located on the Palace Grounds is worth visiting. From here you have a beautiful view into the Lahn River Valley.
At your convinience take the train from Weilburg back to Frankfurt. Travel time is about 90 minutes.
Day 4 – Day trip by rail: Rudesheim am Rhein & Romantic Tour
Today a train takes you from Frankfurt Central Station to Rudesheim am Rhein, gate to the Mittelrheintal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning valley measures around 65 kilometres in length, here the majestic Rhine Rivers breaches the Rheinische Schiefergebirge (schistose mountain). Along the Mittelrheintal are so many historic monuments and cultural landmarks as just about no where else in Europe. The vineyards are towering high above the rapidly floating Rhine River – beautiful landscapes to see!
Especially during your Romantic Tour (ticket included) which starts right in the Old Town of Rudesheim am Rhein: by cable car you will be “sailing” above vineyards (where the white wine “Riesling” is grown) when you take a ride up to the “Niederwald”-Monument – the “Germania“. The monument symbolizes the foundation of the German Empire. From the Germania Monument you will walk on an easy walk to the “Hotel Jagdschloss Niederwald“, built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge. Here you may have a cup of coffee or have lunch. By chair lift you will then take a ride down to Assmannshausen, “sailing” above vineyard where red wine is grown. A short Rhine River Cruise will first take you to the historic Rheinstein Castle. The way uphill to the Castle is for people who like to take a hike – the walk to the Castle may be challenging for people who have problems walking up- or downhill. In this case you may consider to just stay on the Cruise ship which will take you back to Rudesheim am Rhein). For those of you taking the hike: take some time to visit the Castle (admission included) – the roots of the castle date back to the late 13th century and the setting within the vineyards above the Rhine River is absolutely stunning. You have a great view from the Castle. A riverboat will then take you back to Rudesheim am Rhein.
Rudesheim is not only famous for its “Drosselgasse” (a lively alley with restaurants and taverns stretching from the river into Rudesheim Old Town). Rudesheim am Rhein is also famous for its scenic location in midst steep vineyards along the Rhine River and for the Riesling which is grown here. The Riesling is a dry white wine which is very popular in Germany. Explore the Old Town of Rudesheim and also maybe take a walk into the vineyards from where you have great views of the Rhine River and the scenic area surrounding it. If your arrival in Frankfurt is before noon you may consider taking a funicular ride up to the “Niederwalddenkmal”, a monument which was constructed to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire. From next to the “Germania” figure you have a great view over Bingen (across from the Rhine river). In the evening make sure to try a glass of Riesling and enjoy dinner in one of the many wine taverns, e.g. at the Wine Restaurant Rudesheimer Schloss where you will find local specialties as well as German “Gemutlichkeit”. After dinner take the train back to Frankfurt where your hotel is located.
Day 5 – Stuttgart
At your convinience you will depart from Frankfurt by high-speed “ICE” train. The direct train to Stuttgart Central Station takes about 80 minutes.
The foundation of this “little” cosmopolitan town is different to many others, as it was established in the 10th century by the Duke Liudolf von Schwaben who found the area quite suitable for breeding his horses, the old name for the stud being Stutengarten, ”mare’s garden”, today “Stuttgart”.
Since you are holding the “StuttCard PLUS” you can explore the Stuttgart region all Inclusive. It covers free travel on the public transport network in the entire Stuttgart Region as well as admission to all museums like the Stuttgart State Gallery, the Stuttgart Museum of Art, the Mercedes Museum, and the Porsche Museum. Also admission to Solitude Palace is included as well as the fare to visit the world’s first television tower from where you have a beautiful view into the area (if the weather is nice all the way to the Black Forrest).
Many historically interesting landmarks are to be found in Stuttgart, the Klösterle (“little cloister”) in Bad Cannstatt or the Alte Kanzlei (“old chambers”) as well as the Fruchtkasten on Schillerplatz with its collection of musical instruments. However, the center of the town is the Palace Square (“Schlossplatz”). The square, a former military parade ground, is one of the largest plazas in Stuttgart. Stuttgarts main shopping street, the Koenigstrasse (“King´s Street”) also passes by the square and close to the square you also find the State Gallery of Stuttgart (“Staatsgalerie”), one of Europe’s leading museums.
If you are interested to visit the Automobile Museums you may want to start with the Porsche Museum today. It is located in Zuffenhausen, just outside of Stuttgart, next to the world headquarters of Porsche. More than 80 vehicles and many small exhibits are on display at the Porsche Museum in a unique ambience. In addition to world-famous, iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, and 917, the exhibits include some of the outstanding technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche from the early 20th century. From Stuttgart central station the direct suburban train only takes 8 minutes the rail station is right next to the museum. Also, if you always wanted to drive a Porsche, how about on this day? Porsche offers the “Porsche Drive”. You can rent different types of Porsche such as the 911, the Panamera and the Cayenne right at the museum.
DAY 6 – Stuttgart
Today you have a full day for sightseeing in the Stuttgart area and you “StuttCard PLUS” will also still be valid today. You may want to visit Solitude Palace which is located in Ludwigsburg, about 50 minutes outside of Stuttgart. The delightful little Rococo Palace was built as a hunting and pleasure palace and it offers magnificent views of Ludwigsburg. The fare to get to Ludwigsburg and the admission to the Palace are covered by your “StuttCard”.
If you would like to have a glas of the local wine you may want to visit the Royal Burial Chapel (Sepulchral Chapel) located on mountain Wuerttemberg (admission covered by your “StuttCard”). To many people this is the most romantic spot in the region, with a magnificent view over the Neckar Valley. King Wilhelm I had built the mausoleum as a memorial to his wife Katharina, who died at a very early age.
And, another very famous Automobile Museum is waiting for you today. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world that can document in a single continuous timeline the more than 130 years of auto industry history from its very beginnings to the present day.
On nine levels and covering a floor space of 16,500 square metres, the museum presents 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits. During a two-hour tour of the exhibition, you will experience a unique journey through automotive history. Transported by lift to the uppermost level of the museum, you arrive back in 1886, where two museum tours gradually spiral their way down through the time and the extensive collection and back to the present day – and the museum exit.
Day 7 – Day trip by Rail: Outlet City Metzingen
Today you will enjoy a unique shopping experience! Depending on the day of the week you will either travel by direct rail to Metzingen (travel time about 40 minutes) or on board of the shopping bus which operates from Stuttgart City Center. Metzingen was the center of the textile industry in Germany. When Hugo Boss started to sell over production to the inhabitants of Metzingen “factory outlet” started here which makes the Outlet City Metzingen authentic and unique. Today the city hosts the largest Hugo Boss Outlet store worldwide (about 55,000 sqft.) and almost all of the major brands (e.g. Prada, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, WMF, Burberry, Joop!). When you travel with us you will be greeted at the welcome desk and you will get to try a glass of the sparkling wine which was grown in the vineyards located around Metzingen. The Outlet City Metzingen offers tax free shopping and refund service right at their service center.
Day 8 Stuttgart/ Frankfurt Int. Airport
Depending on departure time of your flight you may have some more time for sightseeing in Stuttgart today. If your flight departs in the morning you will take one of the high-speed “ICE” trains which take you directly from Stuttgart Central Station to the AiRail terminal at Frankfurt International Airport. Travel time is about 75 minutes.
Please note that extra nights in Frankfurt and Stuttgart can be added to the 8-Day City Duo Frankfurt, Stuttgart & surroundings (8R09). Also, if you have one more day, a visit of Heidelberg can easily be added. Please do not hesitate to contact us about those options or other ideas you may have.
This is already included in the price of your tour
|Day 1 - Frankfurt Int. Airport to Frankfurt/ Frankfurt||Commuter Rail ticket (not restricted to a specific time) valid from Frankfurt International Airport to Frankfurt (the direct train only takes 12 minutes), Ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Frankfurt||Hotel Concord (or similar if not available), located within 5 walking minutes from Frankfurt Central Station||Frankfurt Card for free use of public transportation within Frankfurt and discounts to many sights, city tours, restaurants, and shops|
|Day 2 Frankfurt||Ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (buses, trams, subways) within Frankfurt||Hotel Concord (or similar if not available), located within 5 walking minutes from Frankfurt Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Frankfurt, Frankfurt Card for free use of public transportation within Frankfurt and discounts to many sights, city tours, restaurants, and shops|
|Day 3 - Frankfurt to Limburg an der Lahn and Weilburg/ Frankfurt||Rhein-Main day pass ticket (ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system in the greater Frankfurt Rhein-Main region)||Hotel Concord (or similar if not available), located within 5 walking minutes from Frankfurt Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Frankfurt, RheinMainCard for free use of public transportation in the greater Frankfurt Rhein-Main region and discounts to many sights|
|Day 4 - Frankfurt to Rudesheim am Rhein/ Frankfurt||Rhein-Main day pass ticket (ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system in the greater Frankfurt Rhein-Main region)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Frankfurt, RheinMainCard for free use of public transportation in the greater Frankfurt Rhein-Main region and discounts to many sights, Cable car to Niederwalddenkmal, chairlift to Assmannshausen, boating trip to Rheinstein Castle, admission Rheinstein Castle, boating trip back to Ruedesheim am Rhein|
|Day 5 - Frankfurt to Stuttgart/ Stuttgart||High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket from Frankfurt to Stuttgart (the direct ICE train takes 1:20 hours), 48 h StuttCard PLUS (free use of the public transportation system (commuter rail, buses, trams, subways) within the greater Stuttgart area||Hotel ARCOTEL Camino Stuttgart (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Stuttgart Central Station||StuttCard PLUS for free use of public transportation within the greater Stuttgart area which covers the admission to many sights like the Porsche Museum as well as discounts to many city tours, restaurants, and shops|
|Day 6 - Stuttgart||Ticket for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (commuter rail, buses, trams, subways) within the greater Stuttgart area||Hotel ARCOTEL Camino Stuttgart (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Stuttgart Central Station||StuttCard PLUS for free use of public transportation within the greater Stuttgart area which covers the admission to many sights like the Mercedes Benz Museum as well as discounts to many city tours, restaurants, and shops|
|Day 7 – Stuttgart to Outlet City Metzingen/ Stuttgart||Regional Rail or Metzingen Shopping Bus (depending on the day of the week) ticket from Stuttgart to Metzingen and back to Stuttgart||Hotel ARCOTEL Camino Stuttgart (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Stuttgart Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Stuttgart, Outlet City Metzingen Welcome Voucher for a free glass of the sparkling wine which was grown in the vineyards located around Metzingen as well as for shopping tips and discounts by the stuff of the tourist information center|
|Day 8 - Stuttgart to Frankfurt International Airport/ Frankfurt International Airport||High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket from Stuttgart right to the AiRail terminal at Frankfurt International Airport (travel time is about 75 minutes)||no hotel needed||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Stuttgart|
The tour package we provide includes a day by day itinerary as well as all tickets, vouchers and information necessary to enjoy a great independent tour. It also contains general information about the cities you visit which you can downloaded from our website once your tour is confirmed.
This is not included in the price of your tour
- Airfare from/to your origin to/from Frankfurt International Airport
- all meals other than breakfast (which is included)
- gratuities (tips)
- tourist tax
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