Enjoy a car-free week filled with castles, interactive museums, river boat trips, Roman buildings and open-air archaeological parks as you explore some of Germany’s top UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Designed for family travelers, the tour begins in Frankfurt and continues by train to Koblenz for three nights and Cologne for four nights. Frankfurt is the base for a bus excursion to the reconstructed Roman fort at Saalburg. Surrounded by the ruins of temples and a Roman village, exhibits and activities in the fort invite families to step back 2,000 years into the life of a Roman settlement.
Then, travel by train to Koblenz, taking a river boat to see and visit some of the famous castles on the Rhine, including well-preserved Marksburg Castle. Take an exciting cable car ride across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, located on a promontory high above the point where the Rhine joins the Mosel River.
Trier, Germany’s oldest city, is a train ride away, and children can walk through northern Europe’s best-preserved Roman structures. They can climb the impressive four-story Roman gate and explore the extensive Roman Imperial Baths, the largest in Europe from this period.
After being wowed by the magnificent cathedral in Cologne, families can visit Chocolate Museum and get a Jurassic fix at the interactive Odysseum Museum. In Achen, only an hour away by train, kids love touring the city with its most famous resident, Emperor Charlemagne, as a guide. Find out more about the man who once ruled most of Europe at the interactive Charlemagne Museum.
More interactive stations reveal the past at Archaeological Park Xanten, Germany´s largest archaeological open-air museum, situated on the site of an ancient Roman city.
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