Traveling by train in Germany

Map of Germany with capital city Berlin

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.

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Quick facts
Trains in Germany
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Germany
Pass benefits in Germany

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Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Reichstag, Berlin

Reichstag, Berlin

Town Hall, Munich

Town Hall, Munich

View of Lake Constance

View of Lake Constance

Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen

Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen

Germany quick facts

 
  • Capital: Berlin

  • Population: 80 million

  • Language: German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +49

Trains in Germany

 
Logo of German railway DB

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.

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Places to visit

 
Interior of the Reichstag Berlin
Interior of the Reichstag Berlin

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.

View of Cologne
View of Cologne

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.

View of Frankfurt
View of Frankfurt

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.

Town Hall, Munich
Town Hall, Munich

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.

The old Speicherstadt in Hamburg
The old Speicherstadt in Hamburg

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.

Black Forest scenery
Black Forest scenery

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.

Events

 
Rhine in Flames festival, Koblenz
Rhine in Flames festival, Koblenz

Rhine in Flames

May 3 - August 9, 2014

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, Frankfurt
Museum Embankment Festival, Frankfurt

Museum Embankment Festival

August 29 - August 31, 2014

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.

Oktoberfest, Munich
Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest

September 20 - October 5, 2014

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).

Jazzfest Berlin
Jazzfest Berlin

Jazzfest Berlin

October 30 - November 2, 2014

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)

Christmas market, Dresden
Christmas market, Dresden

Christmas markets

November 27 - December 24, 2014

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

Eurail Global Pass from USD$263

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.

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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.

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Eurail France - Germany Pass from USD$309

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.

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All Eurail passes with Germany

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

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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