Germany is filled with interesting destinations, like the dynamic capital Berlin, or major cities like Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg or Munich. You can also explore the dense forests, mountainous regions, river valleys or sea coast. In short – Germany has it all.
Traveling by train in Germany
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Germany quick facts
Population: 80 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +49
Trains in Germany
The German rail network, run by Deutsche Bahn (DB), is renowned for its timeliness and reach. The ICE trains are very comfortable, and reservations are not required.
Places to visit
All sides of life in Berlin
Be prepared to see and do it all in Berlin. Learn about the city’s dark past, and celebrate its colorful rebirth. City tours allow you to walk, cycle, sail, ride or fly through Berlin and take in the culture, art, architecture and history that make this city famous. See the remains of the infamous Berlin Wall, and ride Europe’s fastest elevator to the panoramic observation deck in Potsdamer Platz.
Your Eurail pass is also valid on the S-bahn rapid transit system. Take the S-Bahn to Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz for the panoramic observation deck.
Art, architecture and athletes in Cologne
One of the oldest towns in all of Germany, Cologne (Köln) was established in 50 A.D. Nevertheless, it’s still young at heart. Construction on the famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) began in 1248, and attracts 6 million visitors a year. On the modern side, Cologne is the leading media city in all of Germany. From the 900-year-old Town Hall to the Chocolate Museum, Cologne is not to be missed.
The famous Cologne Cathedral is less than a 10-minute walk from station Köln Hauptbahnhof.
Delightful contradictions in Frankfurt
Although it is known as one of the financial and business centers of Germany, Frankfurt has no shortage of historical, artistic and architectural offerings to please even the most curious of travelers. Home to many trade shows, events and exhibitions, Frankfurt also offers quiet harbors, historical landmarks and cultural wonders. Not to mention beautiful natural surroundings.
The S-bahn will take you to the Hauptwache stop, in the middle of the great shopping area in Frankfurt: the Galeria Kaufhof shopping center.
Memorable and majestic Munich
Ancient Bavaria blends with modern convenience in Munich (München), a lovely, ancient city on the Isar River. Although more than 70% of the city was destroyed during World War II, it has been carefully and lovingly restored to recapture its old-world appeal. Shopping, museums, nature and nightlife come together in one gloriously appealing city.
The S-bahn will conveniently drop you at Marienplatz City Center, where you can enjoy shopping, food and nightlife in one simple location.
Port pleasures in Hamburg
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany, and its largest port city. Its position on the river Elbe connected northern Europe and Scandinavia with the world. A medieval city with modern features, this prosperous region’s skyline is dotted with church steeples, including St. Michel’s tower. Take a stroll through the old Speicherstadt, enjoy the food and shopping, and then dance the night away at the wide variety of nightclubs.
If you take the S-bahn to Stadthausbrücke, St. Michel’s is less than a 10-minute walk away.
The Black Forest
Deep in the southwest corner of Germany lies the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), an enormous natural reserve that stretches more than 125 miles (200 km) long and 37 miles (60 km) wide. It’s home to lakes, rivers, nature hikes and an amusement park. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss it. Don't forget to pay a visit to Freiburg, a quaint town filled with hidden lanes and streams, sometimes called the 'capital' of the Black Forest.
From Freiburg, the towns and villages in the southern part of the Black Forest can be explored by bus and tram services.
Rhine in Flames
On 5 selected days in spring and summer (beginning in May), the night sky along the Rhine is illuminated with the finest fireworks pyrotechnics have to offer.
Rhine in Flames takes place in Bonn, Rüdesheim – Bingen, Spay – Koblenz, Oberwesel and St. Goarshausen. All these cities can be reached by train.
Museum Embankment Festival
Every August, 10 museums in Frankfurt hold special events and one-off exhibitions. The festivities stretch for 8 kilometers on both sides of the River Main. Music, food and art stand central.
All festivities can be reached by public transport.
In October, Munich transforms into the beer capital of the world. Nearly 1.6 million gallons (7 million liters) or Germany’s finest brews are served each year. Enjoy your beer in large halls with the locals. And don't miss the traditional food like sauerkraut and wurst (sausages) to fill your stomach.
The beer halls can be reached best by S-Bahn (tram) or U-Bahn (metro).
Founded in 1964, this popular jazz festival runs for 4 days in November.
The venue is a 3-minute walk from metro station Spichern straße (exit Bundesallee)
Beginning in late November, German city centers transform into atmospheric outdoor Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt), where you can buy traditional gifts, eat plenty of local dishes, and forget the cold of winter after a few mugs of hot mulled wine (Glühwein). The perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
The Christmas markets can be found within walking distance of main train stations.
Eurail passes for Germany
Most popular passes with Germany
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The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.View Eurail Global Pass
Eurail Benelux - Germany Pass from USD$280
The Eurail Benelux-Germany Pass lets you experience four countries by rail: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and Germany. Visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, sample Belgian beer in Brussels and find traces of the Berlin Wall.View Eurail Benelux - Germany Pass
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The Eurail France-Germany Pass is the best way to explore these popular European countries. Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, walk the Grand Prix circuit in Monaco, delve into >Berlin's underground scene and drink beer with the locals at a Munich beer garden. Plus, enjoy stunning views of the French Alps, Black Forest and the Rhine Valley from the comfort of your train seat.View Eurail France - Germany Pass
All Eurail passes with Germany
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:
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Pass Benefits in Germany
Check out the extra discounts and offers for Eurail pass holders in Germany, including reduced prices on boat trips, trams and bus tours. You can also use the S-bahn light rail system for free.
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