Train Travel in Germany

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Deutsche Bahn

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The USA are such a big country that it is often inconvenient to travel by train. The very opposite is true for Germany, where train travel can make your tour all the more memorable. Thanks to the long—established Deutsche Bahn and its well—connected route network, train travel is easy and very popular in Germany. Especially for American tourists, who are not used to winding, narrow roads and extremely high—speed autobahns, going by train is a secure and stress—free way to explore the country. And best of all, if you plan ahead a little bit and search for the right deal tailored to your needs, it is also the cheapest way. Deutsche Bahn offers a number of deals that are great for tourists who do not want to spend their whole holiday in only one place.

If your motto is the journey is the reward. and you want to see as much of Germany as possible in a very short time, then the German Rail Pass is what you need. This ticket enables visitors to travel on all scheduled trains for between three and 10 days within a four week period. In more specific terms this means for example, you could travel from Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide) by the Northern coast down to Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), the biggest city in the South and at the foot of the Alps, and stop to explore every town you wish along the way for only 175 Euros in three days. As you can see, train travel in Germany can be both convenient and cost effective.

Another great ticket is the Schönes—Wochenende—Ticket, which is only valid on either Saturdays or Sundays. For as little as 37 Euros up to five people or parents with an unlimited number of children aged 14 and younger can travel for one day all over the country.

Quite similar to the Schönes—Wochenende—Ticket are the Länder—Tickets. These regional day tickets are available in every state and then valid only in the state you buy it for. Again, these tickets can be used by up to five people or parents with their children, but the advantage compared to the Schönes—Wochenende—Ticket is, that you can travel at any day of the week. Let’s say, you are in Bavaria and you wake up in Bamberg (Bamberg vacation rentals | Bamberg travel guide), Germany’s so—called Little Venice and you want to visit Neuschwanstein, one of the world’s most beautiful castles, then have a stroll through the Alps and finally enjoy a stimulating evening in the Bavarian state opera in Munich, you simply have to buy a Bayern—Ticket. For only 28 Euros you can get everywhere you want quick and easy. The best thing about these tickets is that they are also valid in the subway and on busses in the relevant cities.

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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