I often get asked ‘What is there to do?’ for those looking for some easy and fun things to go see and do around the area. I’ve made a list of 14 easy day trips from Spangdahlem, Germany (could easily be done from the Ramstein area as well) that cover multiple countries. So if your new here and not sure where to start or just overwhelmed and need a few easy choices this is a great list to get you started. It’s a free printable PDF file so you can have it at hand and take it with you.
Note that all these trips you can drive to in 2 hours or less from Spangdahlem, AB, the time is in (XX) after the location name. Also if there is a * before the name it means that we have been there and there is more info on the blog about that location. You can use the search box on the right and find that extra info.
This is an image of the printable, to download and print the file you can find it HERE
I want to take a minute to highlight a few things on the list:
Belgium – for Bastogne I highly recommend this for a visit, it’s full of history including the Band of Brothers story, and more. I’d really suggest visiting it during the Battle of the Bulge reenactment, it’s done in Dec of each year. This year it’s Dec. 12th & 13th with the majority of the events (the walk, throwing of the nuts, etc) on the 12th. They also have a small Christmas market set up so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone 😉
France – Metz is a great stop especially for those driving to Paris. You can get out stretch your legs, see the amazing Dom, grab some lunch, pick up some chocolate and continue along. They also have an indoor flea market every so often.
Luxembourg – Vianden is one city you don’t want to miss! It’s got a fantastic castle, don’t miss the lookout for the great photo op of the whole castle, as well as cute medieval city. Cobblestone lined roads, a neat church, good food, and more. If your looking for a thrill then check out the *Indian Forest Ropes & Zip Line course, so much fun!
Netherlands – In Vaals you can walk though the labyrinth and in the middle stand where 3 countries meet, which is unique.
Back to Germany – Cochem is a great village that is close with a neat castle. While the tour is in German (English pamphlet) we enjoyed it because photos are allowed inside the castle, unlike most guided tours. Lots of festivals in the village as well!
Manderschied – is great for the ruins and hiking but especially popular for the Medieval festival done once a year in Aug. It’s great and worth checking out, the jousting event is in German but fun to watch. Get there early to get a good spot.
Cologne – is one of the larger cities so it has lots of things to do. The indoor water park is great for the winter when your wanting a break from the cold weather. There is a love lock bridge behind the Dom and the Chocolate museum is fun and tasty!
I hope this gives you some ideas to get started we’ve only done 10 of these so I still have a few more to get crossed off the list myself! Happy Travels!