The Perfect Day Trip from Frankfurt
A trip to the magical Burg Eltz Castle, and a stopover in Rudesheim is the perfect day trip from Frankfurt.
This is one of the day trips I did with my Mum whilst in Germany. Don’t pay for a tour bus, or possibly struggle by train, hiring a car gives you the freedom to do whatever you want for the day and arrive at a time when you have the castle to yourself.
- rentalcars is the company I went through to hire a car.
- I booked the car a day in advance.
- The price includes insurance, but doesn’t include a GPS. You need a GPS and it will be an extra 20 euro.
- They are located at the main train station in Frankfurt (opposite Starbucks).
- I did not need my International Drivers Permit I paid $40 for before going overseas.
- The car collection point was about a 300-metre walk around the block to a huge car park building where all the hire cars are parked.
Drive to Burg Eltz Castle
The castle is actually closed in winter so there are no tours but it’s still very pretty to visit when no one is around.
We collected our car at 8am, but if it were summer I would definitely collect a bit earlier to avoid crowds at the castle.
The drive took around 2 hours with the average speed being 130km/h. Lucky the GPS doesn’t direct you onto the autobahn. When you arrive at the car park, you will have to walk about 15 minutes to get to Burg Eltz. I think there are a few ways to get down to the castle but this is the only way I know.
Drive to Rudesheim
Rudesheim is a quaint little wine making town in the Rhine Valley. It’s about 67 km from Burg Eltz but it doesn’t feel far when you’re driving at 130km/hr. The GPS will direct you to cross the river on the ferry, which costs around 5 euro. There are plenty of things you can do here but we just caught the cable car up over the vineyard to the Niederwald Monument, and wandered around the Christmas Market before heading back to Frankfurt.
The drive back to Frankfurt
The drive back to Frankfurt takes only about 50 minutes. The stressful part is driving in the city to find the car park block to return the car.
We really enjoyed the daytrip to Burg Eltz and Rudesheim. The drive was nice as you pass through the cutest little towns along the way, and the castle was just as pretty as I imagined. Rudesheim was a fun addition to the day with the slightly scary ride on the old 2-person cable car over a vineyard to the monument. The Christmas markets there were also lovely.