North of Frankfurt

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We have managed to score flights to Frankfurt for late Aug 2022 with a return from Milan about 5 weeks later. We have spent a fair bit of time in Southern Germany & Italy previously but this time we may venture north first. We are keen walkers but fine dining and museums are not high priorities. Any suggestions of places you have visited & enjoyed?
 

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So many...

I love Hamburg and Berlin. But Kassel, Göttingen, Aachen and Trier are also great medium-sized towns. If you visit Trier, it's also just a quick day trip over to Luxembourg which is worth a visit IMHO.

I wouldn't bother with Bielefeld (some say it doesn't even exist, anyway) and the only thing I found worth seeing in Köln is the huge cathedral outside the main train station - which you can spend an hour looking at when changing trains en-route to somewhere else ;)
 

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Definite yes to Berlin!
Hamburg also has the world's largest indoor miniature railway, Homepage

I also did a tiny bit of exploring of the wineries around the western border of Germany..
A public bus starts from here, Neustadt (Weinstr) Hbf · 67435 Neustadt, Germany and visits winery town after winery town
The town is actually called "Newtown on the wine road"
though the town is technically South of Frankfurt
 

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I am still catching up on the site after a couple of days off line so a little late to respond.

In the far north, on the Baltic, we had a nice 3 day stay in Wismar. We had a car so visited Stralsund & Lubeck from Wismar. Lubeck itself would happily occupy a few days of your time. Bremen is another place worth a couple of days.

My recommendation for a bit closer is what is called Münsterland it comprises the flat area around the town of Münster. It is famous for rivers, walks bike rides and and a number of Wasserschloss - moated castles and palaces. The express train trip from Frankfurt is about 3 hours. We were going to spend 4 or 5 days there in 2020 before the current unpleasantness forced a cancellation.

I have attached a couple of thumbnails of the two Wasserschloss we saw on a previous fleeting trip.

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