Germany Trip Plan:
Historic Castles in Hesse

Germany trip plan: Historic Castles in Hesse
Castle Braunfels
[ source: Flickr]

If castles are your thing, this 7-10 day package may be just what you're looking for. Arrive in Frankfurt, pick up your rental car, and drive to one of our featured vacation apartments in the beautiful Lahn river valley. This package makes it possible to tour many of the most historic and well-preserved medieval castles and towns in Hesse. Braunfels, Weilburg, Limburg: these and other castles have their own special charm, and you can visit as many or as few as you like from your home away from home.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 - 10 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

If castles are your thing, this 7-10 day package may be just what you're looking for. Arrive in Frankfurt, pick up your rental car, and drive to one of our featured vacation apartments in the beautiful Lahn river valley. This package makes it possible to tour many of the most historic and well-preserved medieval castles and towns in Hesse. Braunfels, Weilburg, Limburg: these and other castles have their own special charm, and you can visit as many or as few as you like from your home away from home.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $700 for 2 persons / 10 days
Admissions: starting at $500 for 2 persons / 10 days
Car Rental: starting at $600 / 10 days
Gas: starting at $200 / 10 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2100 / 10 days
 4 persons, starting at $2600 / 10 days
 

Notes: The 7 day version of this vacation package is very packed, but still doable without too much stress . The good thing is that you can change the order of the visits based on your preferences or weather conditions easily. Most of the castles have opening times around the week during season, therefore making changes if needed should be easy. If you have 10 days at your disposal we recommend spending extra time in Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, and Wetzlar to visit more historic sights. You can of course change the order and mix these days in between (in case you've seen enough castles the previous day.)

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Germany

Day 1: Arrival in Germany[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Arrive in Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
  • Pick up rental car (pls. coordinate with your favorite car rental provider)
  • Drive to vacation rental apartment in Waldgirmes or Wetzlar. For each apartment we have maps and driving directions available.
  • Arrive at your home away from home and get settled in the apartment
  • Possibly buy some groceries (see grocery list for Wetzlar / Waldgirmes), and explore the local surroundings.
  • Have a nice dinner (see a list of great restaurant choices in Wetzlar or Waldgirmes.)


Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town

Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town
Old Lahn Bridge
[ source: Flickr]

  • Visit Wetzlar's historic old town
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have lunch or dinner in one of the great restaurant choices available in Wetzlar's historic old town.
  • Stroll through the charming streets of Wetzlar, sit in one of the beer gardens or bistros around Wetzlar's famous Dom (cathedral.)
  • Have an Italian ice cream in one of the recommended ice cafes.


Day 3: Explore the Braunfels and the Braunfels Castle

Day 3: Explore the Braunfels and the Braunfels Castle[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Braunfels and the famous Braunfels castle
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have a great dinner near the Braunfels castle (see list of restaurant choices.)


Day 4: Visit Weilburg and the Weilburg Castle

Day 4: Visit Weilburg and the Weilburg Castle
Castle Weilburg
[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Weilburg and the Weilburg Castle
  • Weilburg's historic old town also provides more sightseeing opportunities (see our travel guide for more details.)


Day 5: Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle

Day 5: Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle
  • Limburg's historic downtown also provides more sightseeing opportunities


Day 6: Visit the Greifenstein Castle

Day 6: Visit the Greifenstein Castle
Roman Castle Saalburg
[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit the Greifenstein Castle and the German Bell Museum. Use the opportunity for hiking in the nearby beautiful forests. Afterwards have lunch or dinner in an authentic German restaurant (see travel guide for details.)
  • OR: As an alternative visit the Roman Fort Saalburg, and have a nice dinner in Usingen's historic old town afterwards.


Day 7: Check out Büdingen and Castle Ronneburg

Day 7: Check out Büdingen and Castle Ronneburg
Ronneburg
[ source: Flickr]

Visit Büdingen and the 13th century built Ronneburg Castle. Büdingen is known for its medieval stronghold, which is still in good condition, and for its timber-framed houses


Day 8: Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main

Day 8: Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
[ source: Flickr]

Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main, visit its historic sites and museums (e.g., the Senckenberg museum.)


Day 9: Bad Homburg and Taunus Therme

Day 9: Bad Homburg and Taunus Therme
Taunus Therme
[ source: Taunus Therme]

Spend a day in Bad Homburg (e.g., spend a morning or afternoon at Taunus Therme, or the nearby Seedammbad.) In the evening enjoy great food and gambling at the Bad Homburg Casino.


Day 10: Concluding your Vacation...

Day 10: Concluding your Vacation...[ source: Wikipedia]

Spend another day in Wetzlar's historic old town and conclude your vacation with an authentic German dinner in a great restaurant. We recommend the Naunheimer Mühle (see the Waldgirmes Destination Guide > Dining Out for more details.)


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Where to Stay?

We feature nice vacation rentals and holiday apartments in destinations that are part of this trip plan. Click on a picture of the destination below where you would like to stay, then browse the vacation apartments, pick one you like, and fill out the Check Availability form with your desired travel dates. If you would like to stay in different locations please submit multiple inquiries, specifying the desired travel dates for each vacation apartment where you would like to stay. We will back to you with a free quote quickly (typically within 1-2 business days.)

Bad Homburg vor der Höhe

Bad Homburg vor der Höhe
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is located in Hesse on the southern slope of the Taunus, near Frankfurt am Main and Oberursel. The town is best known for its medically used mineral waters and spa (hence the prefix Bad, bath), and for its casino. Today, Bad…  [ + ] More Details

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Braunfels

Braunfels
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Even just a simple walk past Braunfels' market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.  [ + ] More Details

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Büdingen

Büdingen
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Büdingen is a town on the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse. It is known for its largely intact medieval stronghold and its beautiful preserved timber-framed houses. The town of Büdingen and its originally moated castle are…  [ + ] More Details

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt
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Located on the river Main, Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe and the transportation center of Germany. Frankfurt is the place of residence of the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it hosts some of the world's…  [ + ] More Details

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Greifenstein

Greifenstein
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Greifenstein is a community in the Lahn-Dill-Kreis in Hesse, Germany. Its administrative seat is Beilstein. Greifenstein covers 67.43 km² on the eastern slope of the Westerwald range. Its name comes from the castle of the same name in the constituent…  [ + ] More Details

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Limburg an der Lahn

Limburg an der Lahn
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Limburg an der Lahn, Hesse, is scenically located in the Slate Mountains. It is a rich agricultural area, and the Lahn River winds its way through the center of the town. Limburg is a rare example of a town that has a complete set of nearly undamaged…  [ + ] More Details

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Waldgirmes

Waldgirmes
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Waldgirmes is a small, charming village near Frankfurt in the midst of lush meadows and beautiful forests. It is located in central Hesse, from where all kinds of activities are possible: watch the castles go by on a Rhine river cruise, paddle on a canoe…  [ + ] More Details

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Weilburg

Weilburg
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Weilburg is, with just under 14,000 inhabitants, the third biggest town in Limburg-Weilburg district in Hesse, Germany, after Limburg an der Lahn and Bad Camberg.  [ + ] More Details

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Wetzlar

Wetzlar
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Wetzlar, in central Hesse, features an amazingly well-preserved and restored Old Town (Altstadt), with historic plazas, a 13th century Cathedral (Dom), and scores of historic houses. The tightly woven ensemble of the Altstadt with its half-timbered houses…  [ + ] More Details

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How to maximize your savings and spend less during your Germany vacation?

You can cut down your vacation costs significantly by following these simple rules:

  • Instead of eating out in restaurants most of the time your vacation rental apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen. By preparing your breakfast and dinner yourself you can save lots of money, but you can also live a more authentic Germany vacation by trying out local foods and recipes. (see some German recipe suggestions.)
  • Use public transportation instead of a rental car. We provide you with links and details on how to get around using public transportation. Check out the corresponding Live Like a German travel guide for more details.

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