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What to do and where to go

We've put some of the most obvious attractions into a Google map for you HERE so you will have a good idea of what to pack before you set out. There's golf, biking, swimming, sightseeing in Roman forts and open-air museums as well as trekking through the Taunus.

Though a small town, Bad Homburg has a wide range of shopping, from department stores and chains to small boutiques. Explore Louisenstrasse and the surrounding streets.

Wine Festival
Now, as luck would have it, Bad Homburg is holding its 24th wine festival from 14 to 16 May. (honest, guv, ‘ow was we to know?). This means that the centre of town – yes, right outside the theatre and all along Louisenstrasse – will be full of stands serving wine and other victuals for your enjoyment. There will be a few fairground rides too. The wine festival also means that many shops will be open on Sunday 16 May (to make up for the fact that most will be closed on Thursday 13th – Ascension Day).

Around Bad Homburg
The Taunus hills and forests are a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Our leisure map shows a couple of suggested excursions.
See also http://www.taunus.info/en/ or http://www.wanderkompass.de/wanderort/taunus/bad-homburg.html or
http://www.regioausflug.de/taunus/map.php or
http://www.taunusklub.de/ for suggested walks. These sites are all local and in German only, but well worth pursuing. On the last one of these links go to the menu on the left and browse in the section <Den Taunus erwandern> for some great suggested walks. These routes can also be cycled.

Two sights close to Bad Homburg worth visiting (both are also shown on the leisure and emergency services map) are:

This is a rebuilt Roman fort, archaeological museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Limes was the border between the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes. Well worth a couple of hours. Gorgeous walks and cycling in the surrounding woods. http://www.saalburgmuseum.de/english/home_engl.htm

Open air museum. Over 100 buildings from all over the state of Hessen - many of them hundreds of years old – have been reconstructed on 160 acres. Many handicrafts are kept alive here. A great morning or afternoon. Open 09:00-18:00 http://www.hessenpark.de/english/frame_find.html

For those interested in venturing further afield, there is of course Frankfurt. If you’d like to visit Frankfurt, but aren’t sure what to do or see there, try http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/frankfurt-am-main and the further links shown there to sights (mainly museums) or shopping. Our own Google map also shows a selection of museums and shopping

Rhine boat trip
For a long, lazy day – if it’s sunny – try a boat trip along the Rhine and cruise past ancient castles steeped in legend. There are two main companies offering these, Köln-Düsseldorfer (KD) and Bingen-Rüdesheimer (BR).

For KD see http://www.k-d.com/englisch/index.html. It’s best to drive to Bingen (80 kms from Bad Homburg), get a boat going downriver (i.e. north) to Boppard, and get a train back from there to Bingen. The boat journey takes a bit under 2.5  hours and the train journey back some 35 minutes. See http://www.bahn.de/international/view/en/index.shtml for train timetables.

For BR see http://www.bingen-ruedesheimer.com/rhine-cruise/lorelei/index.html. Here you also start from Bingen, but disembark at St Goar after a boat journey lasting 90 minutes. You’ll still have been through the best bit of the Rhine valley, and will get the train back to Bingen from St Goar – some 25 minutes.

If you are planning to make this journey, do look up the timetables to ensure you allow enough time to get back to Bad Homburg for the shows! Our Google map shows you where the boat trips start and finish.

If timing permits (on the way back from Bingen after a boat trip?), the Gutenberg Museum is well worth a visit. This is where movable type was invented, thus starting the information age. Mainz cathedral is a Romanesque one and St Stephan has nine famous Chagall windows. These are all shown on the Google map.

Rheingau and Rheinhessen
Both these areas produce lots of wine, some of it excellent. Rheingau is an area west of Wiesbaden (Kloster Eberbach is shown as a link on the map) reaching up to the bend in the Rhine, while Rheinhessen is the wine growing area along the Rhine south of Mainz.

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