Bad Wimpfen, Germany

Bad Wimpfen is a spectacular, non-touristy town on the Neckar River

Sleeping: Kornbauernhof in the Black Forest offers this one-bedroom apartment for $36/night.

Villages: Gengenbach is a hidden gem in the Black Forest.

Sights: Instead of the Rhine River consider driving the Neckar River between Heidelberg and Bad Wimpfen.