Getting to Bad Kreuznach is very easy!
Trains from Mainz run every 30 minutes and take only half an hour until Bad Kreuznach and Bad Münster am Stein. The train station in Bad Münster is in the middle of the town, and it is easy to walk to the sights to see. In case of Bad Kreuznach it involves either taxi or bus or a longer walk to reach the town centre.
Bad Kreuznach is located a bit off of A61 (motorway/Autobahn), the one that connects Bonn/Köln (Cologne)/Koblenz (Coblenz)/Mannheim. Parking the car seems to be ridiculously cheap: we paid only 1,50 € for 4 hours!! (now I am used to the gangster and rip off prices of lousy Darmstadt with 1,60 € per hour….) A convenient car park is located very close to the spa part, at the edge of Salinenstrasse (B48 road) and Badeallee (the one which leads directly to the spa hotel). This was the one where we paid this low price and I assume that the other car parks have similar prices.
The train from Bad Kreuznach will connect you to main German lines in only a half hour in Bingen or an hour in Mainz. A very pretty secondary train line winds south of town down the Alsenz valley to Kaiserlautern.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.