-4-St. Stephan, Mainz, Cathedral with Chagall's stain-glassed windows, is a destination worth considering. The windows are Chagall's last work and his contribution to German-Jewish reconciliation. Our first impression was serious, "wow." (Mainz is 26 miles from Frankfurt.)
-5-Baden-Baden was once considered the summer capital of Europe and was the destination for Royalty and celebrities. The lovely city now attracts thousands of tourists who enjoy the spa resorts, restaurants, shopping, and the Baden-Baden Casino, established in 1801. We recommend a tour of the casino, as the frescos, classic paintings, chandeliers, and antique furniture are remarkable. The red Spätburgunder (pinot noir), from the Baden-Baden region, is delicious. Restaurant suggestion, we sampled this vintage and several other local beauties at the "Monte Cristo Tapas Bar," and enjoyed an exciting evening. ( )
-6-Cochen on the Mosel River is a must visit for white wine lovers and a relaxed visit to the German countryside. We stayed at a small hotel built in front of a vineyard, owned and run by six generations of the Andre Family. It was a great venue, serving delicious multicourse meals on the patio by their vineyard overlooking the Mosel River, and was convenient for day trips. We enjoyed hiking to the Cochem, and the Eltz Castles, and cruising around local villages. The dry Riesling vintages produced in the Mosel region are worth a try.
Trier is only an hours drive from Cochem, and it's Germany's oldest city, where Roman ruins and Medieval architecture waits for your visit. We ate at the Wirtshaus Zur Glock, a restaurant dating back to the 17th century, surrounded by walls built in the 12th century. (The German food was fresh and tasty.)