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Offline winsteadi

Has anyone done this?  Any assistance in terms of lodgings and food?


Offline Galloper

http://www.adfc.de/4141_1

for lots of information.   There are quite a few youth hostels in Germany so worth while joining for cheap friendly accommodation.   Other than that, look for Gastattes (bars) with a "Fremdenzimmer" sign.   The rooms are generally very good and a lot cheaper than hotels.   Plenty of campsites in the more scenic parts.

There's plenty of choice in terms of food, a lot of bars serve food and it's generally very good.   You also get plenty of fast food stands and they're also pretty good.

You'll find lots of information on the normal tourist web sites.   If you're in a town, look for a sign "Verkehrsampt"   It's the tourist office and they will be able to tell you what accommodation is available and book it for you as well.
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Offline briwasson

I haven't biked that exact route, although I've traveled in the area quite a lot (I work for SAP AG, which has its HQ right outside Heidelberg). FRA to Heidelberg isn't the most scenic area of Germany in which to bike, but it's not too bad. If it were me I'd take a train from FRA down to Freiburg in the Black Forest and then ride back to Frankfurt via the Rhine/Alsace area, through Strasbourg, and then up through the Mosel.

Lodging availability depends a lot on when you are traveling. You generally should not have problems finding "zimmers" (private rooms for let), Pensions or Hotels. During holiday periods, though it could be challenging, especially along the Mosel (the Trier to Koblenz section).

I have a personal Web page with general hints about lodging in Germany while bike touring that you might want to check out for more suggestions. http://www.brianwasson.com/trips/lodging.htm?ac

I also have a site that you might find  useful about taking bikes on trains in Germany (and Austria). http://www.brianwasson.com/trips/trains.htm?ac

As another poster suggested, the tourist bureaus in each town can generally book lodging for you each night. You can usually find them by looking for a big, green lower-case "i" sign.

Germany and Austria are my favorite places to bike, hands-down. A great bike culture, very friendly to tourists, and with a great infrastructure to support touring.

Offline winsteadi

http://www.adfc.de/4141_1

for lots of information.   There are quite a few youth hostels in Germany so worth while joining for cheap friendly accommodation.   Other than that, look for Gastattes (bars) with a "Fremdenzimmer" sign.   The rooms are generally very good and a lot cheaper than hotels.   Plenty of campsites in the more scenic parts.

There's plenty of choice in terms of food, a lot of bars serve food and it's generally very good.   You also get plenty of fast food stands and they're also pretty good.

You'll find lots of information on the normal tourist web sites.   If you're in a town, look for a sign "Verkehrsampt"   It's the tourist office and they will be able to tell you what accommodation is available and book it for you as well.

Thanks - do you know whether the Frankfurt airport will charge to keep my hardshell bike case for the ten days I'll be gone? 

Offline winsteadi

http://www.adfc.de/4141_1

for lots of information.   There are quite a few youth hostels in Germany so worth while joining for cheap friendly accommodation.   Other than that, look for Gastattes (bars) with a "Fremdenzimmer" sign.   The rooms are generally very good and a lot cheaper than hotels.   Plenty of campsites in the more scenic parts.

There's plenty of choice in terms of food, a lot of bars serve food and it's generally very good.   You also get plenty of fast food stands and they're also pretty good.

You'll find lots of information on the normal tourist web sites.   If you're in a town, look for a sign "Verkehrsampt"   It's the tourist office and they will be able to tell you what accommodation is available and book it for you as well.


Danke - Thanks - do you know whether the Frankfurt airport will charge to keep my hardshell bike case for the ten days I'll be gone?  Or is the best alternative simply putting the bike in a disposable cardboard case and buying a new one on the return?  If so - can one readily buy a new cardbord bike box for the return?  Is renting a better solution? 

Offline briwasson

See the following Web site for info and costs for storing luggage at FRA:

http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/cms/default/rubrik/25/25224.luggage-339764.html

Offline brad

I used to live in heidelberg and am very familiar with many variations of this route. I speak German (and now French as well). I have a wealth of information and books if you want I can give some specific advice.

Here is a short piece I did on one trip: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=lt&doc_id=1371&v=5j
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener