You can easily reach Germany from our country, even by train. The railway network in Germany has expanded enormously, the country has no fewer than 5.500 stations. That makes Germany an ideal holiday destination to explore by train. Whether you want to get to A from B quickly with one of the fast ICE trains, or just want to let the beautiful landscapes pass you by. We have listed the 3 most beautiful train journeys with our eastern neighbors for you. These are the most beautiful train routes through Germany!
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1. The Black Forest Railway
The name says it all: the Schwarzwaldbahn is located in the Black Forest, one of the largest nature reserves in Germany. This train route through Germany is about 150 kilometers long and takes you through the dark pine forests, past old castles and rocks, where a climb of 650 meters is made. The route starts in Karlsruhe before descending to the shores of Lake Constance. You can of course complete the route in one go, but getting off in Triberg on the way is worth it. Take a walk to the Tribergers Wasserfalle. Or get off at Donaueschingen, where the Danube rises. You can book a single journey from € 22 per person.
2. Left Rheinstrecke
The Linke Rheinstrecke is close to home, so ideal for a weekend away. This 185-kilometer train route runs from Cologne to Mainz and follows the banks of the Rhine, providing scenic views. From the train you have a continuous view of the river and the rolling hills and vineyards that lie behind it. At Koblenz, the views become even more special when you see the convergence of the Rhine and Moselle. You can also take this train ride in one go, but there are nice stops along the way. For example, get off at Sankt Goarshausen to view the 132-meter high Lorelei rock. Or get out in one of the other towns and taste the delicious Moselle wines. You can buy a train ticket for this route from € 20 per person.
3. Rasender Roland
A ride on a steam train always gives a wonderfully nostalgic feeling. The train sighs and puffs, while you see the most beautiful landscapes at a leisurely pace. This is also the case with the Rasender Roland† This train is moving the island of Rügen, on the Baltic Sea. The route starts in the rose town of Putbus and takes you past the stately seaside resorts of Binz and Sellin through the woods to the imposing pink Hunting Lodge Granitz, to the easternmost tip of the island: the seaside resort of Göhren. The route takes about an hour and a quarter from start to finish, but all of the stops mentioned above are well worth a stop. With a day ticket of €25 you can get on and off as often as you want.
4. The Brockenbahn and Harzquerbahn
There are also beautiful train routes in the Harz region that you can travel by steam train. The Harz is a wooded region in central Germany, between Hanover and Leipzig. The Brockenbahn and Harzquerbahn together form a network of 140 kilometers, the largest current train network in Europe. With the Brockenbahn you climb to the mountain Brocken, the highest point of the region, at 1142 meters. Along the way you will pass beautiful wooded areas. A stop in, for example, Wernigerode is worthwhile, a cozy town with many old half-timbered houses. A single ticket on the Brockenbahn or Harzquerbahn costs €31 for an adult.
5. Bavarian Zugspitzbahn
The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a picture in itself. You may know this place from the ski jumping competitions that are organized every year. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you can take the train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 2.962 meters. A cogwheel train leaves every hour from Garmisch-Partenkirchen station, which takes you up the mountain over the north flank. Optionally, you can transfer in Eibsee to the cable car that goes directly to the top, but that is also possible on the Zugspitzplatt, a plateau below the top. A single ticket costs € 36 for an adult. However, most people will opt for a return ticket, because otherwise it is a tough walk back. The costs for this are €61.
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