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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt
"Board a comfortable coach in Frankfurt and head north on a relaxing 2-hour drive to Cologne in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The old city at the River Rhine is famous for its diverse art scene vibrant nightlife and the annual Cologne Carnival. On arrival in Cologne join a double-decker bus sightseeing tour followed by a guided visit of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). Learn about the history and impressive architecture of the Cologne Cathedral -- one of the largest Gothic churches in often referred to as the Shrine of the Holy Three Kings.Continue your day trip to Cologne's picturesque historic old town with its Roman buildings and medieval city walls. Your expert guide will tell you about Cologne's 2000-year history and introduce you to top Cologne attractions
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Small-Group Trier Day Trip from Frankfurt
"You’ll be picked up from central Frankfurt in the morning and taken on a 2.5-hour drive to Trier. Located in a lovely valley on the banks of the Moselle River Trier offers many historic attractions without being overcrowded by tourists. Your guide will take you on a walking tour to learn about Trier’s intriguing past. Touted as the oldest city in Germany founded around 16 BC Trier was once the capital of an ancient Roman province. The number and quality of surviving monuments are an outstanding testimony to Roman civilization. Today Trier is home to a whopping eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites many of which you'll see on your tour. Visit Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady and explore several Roman monuments like the Imperial Baths
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Private Tour: Customizable Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt
"After pickup from your Frankfurt hotel by luxury vehicle your private guide will whisk you away to the Rhine Valley in the beautiful German countryside. This private day trip focuses on the Upper Middle Rhine Valley from Rudesheim to Sankt Goarshausen — designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its dreamy scenery and remarkable history. Admire views of romantic villages pretty vineyards and medieval castles that frame the river and enjoy commentary from your guide about the sights you see. Since this is a private tour the exact itinerary is up to you so you can pick from a variety of sights and activities. Perhaps head to the Niederwald Monument or Lorelei Rock (Loreley Rock)
From EUR130.00

The Loreley Tips (5)

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I think you must read in advance to appreciate this place: Lorelei is a common high mount in Rhine's banks, that doesn't mean much to those who didn't know the stories and the legends that it suggested.

It's a funny thing when travelling, to be in a place that we had in mind from several readings, and that, suddenly becomes real, in its simplicity.

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Mar 09, 2015

The Loreley Rock

Going south on the majestic Rhein Valley, also called the Castle Route, at one point you will encounter the place where the Rhein downstream was squeezed into its narrowest and deepest point. Even in the 19th century, reefs and rapids made it extremely dangerous for ships and rafts to pass this point, so a tree bells warning told the crew it was time to pray. The legend says that here, on the top of the Loreley rock a blonde siren - Loreley lures sailors to their doom with her singing and enigmatic beauty. The legend continues when a son of a Count was sunk here, and his father sent troups to kill to witch on the peak. Then Loreley calls her father, the mighty Rhein river, and the waves went up, get her downstream and she was never seen since.

There is a footpath up to the top of the rock from the car park at the foot of the Loreley. A magnificent view is promised from up the peak.

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Dec 27, 2004

The Loreley

I dunno what I had in mind when I thought of The Loreley - something quite romantic and probably involving a statue or monument of some kind. I didn't realise it's just a bit of hillside.
And this used to lead sailors to their doom? Were they drunk or what???
I guess I should confine it to "tourist trap" - certainly if I'd come here just for this I'd be going home a disappointed man. But as a part of a journey down the Rhine, it was... well, quite nice.

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Nov 05, 2002

Onwards Down The Rhine (to Loreley & Some Castles)

We left Boppard without getting lost and headed on down the Rhine towards the Loreley. The route down the Rhine is littered with pretty villages with castles perched above them. This is a random example from somewhere between Boppard and Loreley.

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Nov 05, 2002
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Take a boat from one of the...

Take a boat from one of the viallges and make a short trip to the Lorelei! There is one statue of the Lorelei in the Rhine on that peninsula, you can make a walk there.
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