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From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

1. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

Frankfurt: "The Sandman" Nightmarish Walking Tour

2. Frankfurt: "The Sandman" Nightmarish Walking Tour

Experience the scary side of Frankfurt, Germany, on a guided walking tour that pays homage to E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story, “The Sandman.” Visit some of Frankfurt’s top attractions while learning about the city’s history from your guide.  Your nightmarish journey starts at Frankfurt’s cathedral. There, meet your guide, a man in eye-catching clothing. Head out to visit some of the top attractions of the city. Stop at Rotes Haus, the Saalhof, the Eiserner Steg footbridge, and finally at the Mainkai with a view of the museum banks (Museumsufer).

Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

3. Frankfurt: Romantic Road & Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tour

Embark on a day trip from Frankfurt along the Romantic Road, Germany's oldest and most loved holiday route. Travel through Würzburg into the Tauber Valley to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the epitome of German romanticism. Depart Frankfurt in the morning, start the drive through the Spessart to Würzburg. Passing the university town, the Tauber Valley will be reached. Bad Mergentheim and Markelsheim are located where three major wine-growing regions come together. Drive to the Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the official starting point of the Romantic Road. Crossing the River Main, enjoy views of the Marienberg Fortress and the Käppele, the Chapel of Grace. Visit the city of Weikersheim next, where the Renaissance castle and the Baroque garden can be visited. See the historic market square, then pass Röttingen, Germany’s first European town, and Creglingen. Rothenburg ob der Tauber will be reached at lunch time. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a must when traveling in Europe. Famous sights are the medieval town wall, the historical marketplace, the town hall, the Gothic Parish Church of St. Jakob, and the Plönlein, an area featuring a colorful timber-frame house. The tour ends round-trip back in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

4. Frankfurt: Scary Sightseeing Tour with The Hangman

Enjoy a 1-hour walk through Frankfurt at night with a robed hangman as your guide. Follow your scary guide (if you dare) on a journey of discovery of Frankfurt's history and his bloody work. But while you listen to your guide, be aware, for he must finish his work and he has no time to waste because the devil is after him.  Start your journey into the past at the cathedral, where German kings and emperors were elected and crowned. Continue towards the bank of the Main where many culprits, mostly women, were drowned in the water. Finally, reach your final stop, the Römer, Frankfurt's famous Town Hall, where you will learn all about the Römerberg's gruesome past as the location of many medieval death penalty punishments and torture chambers.

Frankfurt: Bad Homburg Scary Tour - The Eyes of Hell

5. Frankfurt: Bad Homburg Scary Tour - The Eyes of Hell

Welcome to Bad Homburg. Enjoy a 1-hour walk through the city and the curepark with a scary theater play. Your journey into the darkness will start at the beautifully renovated construction of the historical train station, Bad Homburg. Two masked men will await you. One of them will warn you of a mysterious thread. Will you dare to follow these shady men into the curepark? There you will see some mineral springs, constructed at the time of Emperor Wilhelm 2, and the building of the local casino. But be on your guard because the killers out of nowhere and the black order are sneaking around this place. Will your guide protect you from them or has he got other plans for you? The origin of this madness lies in a 3 decades long war but its terrible outcome now again appears in the here and now.

Frankfurt: The Black Death Tour

6. Frankfurt: The Black Death Tour

Learn more about the terror of the Black Death that haunted Frankfurt many times during the Middle Ages. Start your journey near the Eschenheimer tower, one of the main entrances of the city in the 16th century. Find a plague doctor on his way through the infested city. Join him and learn more about the worst pandemic in human history. Nearly a third of the whole population of Europe died by the plague. In addition to this, the continent was in the midst of the Thirty Years' War. Frankfurt was frequently sieged because of its strategic position. Learn about the many plagues that fell upon the city, and about its sudden disappearance in 1667.

Rüdesheim am Rhein: Christmas Boat Cruise on the Rhine

7. Rüdesheim am Rhein: Christmas Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Experience a romantic cruise on the Rhine River. Cruise past medieval castles and snow-capped ruins covered as you admire the view from your heated and cozy ship. Listen to festive Christmas music as the boat cruises and snack on freshly-baked waffles and local coffee from the onboard restaurant. Finish the day with a visit to the world-famous Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen, where you can taste mulled wine and cookies while admiring the traditions of other countries.

Frankfurt: 'The Hour of the Vampires' Scary Tour

8. Frankfurt: 'The Hour of the Vampires' Scary Tour

Welcome to the Niddapark in Frankfurt. Enjoy a 1-hour walk with a scary theater play through the park. Your journey into the darkness will start under a bridge. There, you will meet Leon and his servant. Let him tell you about how he was changed into a vampire. In a time of the early romantic, when the air was fragrant and arousing, he found his great love. At that time Frankfurt was a prosperous commercial center.  Like all vampires, his thirst for blood is insatiable but at the moment he can control it because his craving for revenge is much more powerful. However, your vampire guide is not your biggest threat so be on your guard. There is a great gathering of lost souls in the nearby forest. They are waiting for the opening of the great feast and they are very thirsty. Will you dare to follow Leon on his way through the wood where his destiny will await him?

From Rüdesheim: 2-hour Christmas Boat Tour on the Rhine

9. From Rüdesheim: 2-hour Christmas Boat Tour on the Rhine

Take part in a romantic tour by boat down the Rhine. The old castles on the hills, covered in snow, make for a magical view, which you can enjoy from your comfortable seat in the warm cabin of your boat. Listen to the stories and customs of ancient times as you cruise down the Rhine. Hear the fairytales, myths, and legends of the Rhine. Learn about the many architectural monuments and cities along its banks, and hear about German Christmas traditions past and present for a lovely day on the river. Enjoy drinks and snacks on board as you watch the fairytale landscape drift past. End your wonderful trip with a visit the world-famous Rüdesheim Christmas Market, where you can try glühwein and cookies while enjoying Christmas spectacles from all around the world.

Franfurt Horror Tour: Terror of the White Spider

10. Franfurt Horror Tour: Terror of the White Spider

Experience Frankfurt from a completely different perspective as you follow a group of actors around the city whilst they perform a self-written play that you will find yourself in the middle of! Prepare to be spooked as they act out convincing performances, and enter a dark forest with a shady prophet who has something interesting to say about the history of the city and some of its famous locals. Hear selected quotes from former residents, including Goethe and Schopenhauer, that will take you to the doors of madness. Hear about the last secret of the universe whilst creepy figures threaten your guide. Death will be the end of life. What remains is hope - or the fear of the unknown - and the redemption or terror of the white spider!

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What people are saying about Hessen

When we arrived, the "hangman" had long been there and was smoking with the other participants ... this took away some of the mystique. The acting talent of our executioner was outstanding, he was able to switch to a completely different role within seconds and credibly tell about the time. It's just a shame that the hangman's mask was only worn briefly in between and that he looked very "bourgeois" the rest of the time. Still, this tour is a very fun pastime if you're not expecting a costumed spectacle. I would recommend it!

It was very, very interesting, well played and performed. There were three of us and we also learned a lot of new things. We had a lot of fun and we will do more scary tours. We say thank you very much and continue by us for this great performance 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

The actors are totally absorbed in their roles, you can feel the passion with which the tours are carried out. We were lucky that there was a full moon, that had a very special charm. We can recommend this experience without reservation!

It was a nice tour with a great city guide. We heard a lot about the history of Frankfurt and also experienced a great acting performance. Simply great. I can only recommend it.

If the weather is nice, a scary tour through the old town of Frankfurt. The various pitches of the executioner's voice emptied one to be feared. The devil's eyes ...