Punctual German Rail = Great Time
Those with the travel-bug most likely love anything that has to do with planes, trains, and/or cars. Am I right?
I know I do. Yet, this isn’t about planes or automobiles, really. It’s all about the trains.
Germany’s network of trains is exceptional; offering a handful of choices for your train travel needs.
Suppose you’re in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, or Belgium; and you got this burning desire to come to Deutschland? By the time you’ve gone through airport security, managed to get your clothes & stuff back on, and sit on the tarmac for umpteen hours—you’d have already been there if you hopped on the ICE Train (these babies do 300 k/h or 186mp/h, so they’re really, really, REALLY fast).
Um, that’s the Inter-country rail line; but, not the only one. Express service of the ICE will take you nonstop on intra-German lines (like Berlin to Frankfurt, Hamburg to Duisburg, you get the point).
Don’t want to kill a day traveling? Use the Night Train (called the DB Nachtzug). Oh, this is a gem of a line—with sleepers, couchettes, and women-only compartments with routes taking you to/from Berlin, Munich, Copenhagen, and Prague (to name a few). There’s even room for your bicycle onboard.
Already in one of Germany’s big cities, and want to head out towards the suburbs? You won’t need the night train or the ICE—you’ll take the S-Bahn. No women-only compartments needed since most travel is within a 60km radius of any major city. They’re quick, they’re convenient, they’re punctual, and they’re affordable.
Better than having to fight your way to the center of town from the airport, I think.
Even better that just about everything runs on-time in Germany. Being punctual is of the utmost importance to us! ;-)
It’s also important to easily buy your ticket, too. Most of Germany’s train tickets can be bought on Bahn.de as well as at the stations themselves, even on the trains (with a small surcharge).
Wow, what a great (easy, affordable) way to see the German countryside and the best of its cities, no?
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