Travelling by train in Germany

For a country that likes to celebrate, the train journey across its dynamic cities is nothing but a huge party. An Interrail pass is your ticket to discover the historic city of Hamburg and taste the world-class nightlife in Berlin. Check out Oktoberfest in Munich and soak up the breathtaking views from Heidelberg Castle. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go see what Germany has lined up for you.

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Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Hohenzollern Castle, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

Three men in beergarden Munich

Three men in beergarden Munich

View of Lake Constance

View of Lake Constance

Strandbar in Berlin

Strandbar in Berlin

Germany quick facts

 
  • Population: 80 million

  • Language: German

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +49

Trains in Germany

 
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Places to visit

 
Christmas market in Hamburg
Christmas market in Hamburg

A wonderful Christmas Time

Germany is the place to be in late autumn and early winter. Watch Christmas Markets pop up all over the country, from Hamburg to Nuremberg and from Berlin to Dusseldorf. Wherever you go, you'll be sure to enjoy mulled wine, bonfires and carol singers - all wrapped underneath a warm blanket of holiday cheer!

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Triberg waterfalls
Triberg waterfalls

Adventure in Germany’s beautiful landscape

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is a playground for mountain biking and hiking and not to be missed is the cascading Triberg waterfalls. Venture onto Freiburg’s Schauinsland Cable Car to get spectacular views of the surrounding Black Forest, Swiss Alps and Rhine Valley from the Schauinsland mountain (1284 metres). Nearby is Lake Constance which is great for relaxing on one of the pebble or sand beaches. For those with bags of energy, choose from sailing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing and even freshwater diving.

Offenburg and Baden-Baden are two of the main train stations that take you to the edge of the Black Forest. To reach Schauinsland take the train to Bergstation. There are train stations located all around Lake Constance.

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

Berlin: Europe’s most underground city

Berlin, one of Germany’s über coolest places to visit, is open-minded, eclectic and downright individual. Mix your trip with a peek into recent German history, along with an exploration into some of Berlin’s great artistic expression. And by night get lost in Berlin’s hidden underground scene and see why it has become the city of choice for the young and young at heart. The Hauptbahnhof is Berlin’s main train station and worth checking out for the impressive architecture of the building.

From the Hauptbahnhof you can connect to trains across both Germany and Europe.

Bavarian courtyard
Bavarian courtyard

Epic architecture and summer beer gardens

Just an hour from Berlin, you can reach the Baroque city of Dresden, known as ‘Florence on the Elbe’. Take in the captivating skyline of elegant buildings and soaring towers. Hit the Brühlsche Terrasse, running along the River Elbe – a favourite among locals and travellers alike for coffee drinking and watching the world go by. Munich (München), the capital of Bavaria is also worth a visit. Come between June and October and take full advantage of the typical German beer gardens and enjoy the mesmerising buzz of Marienplatz’s street entertainment.

The Brühlsche Terrasse is a leisurely 20-minute walk from the Dresden Mitte train station. The Marienplatz metro brings you right into the middle of it all.

Red light district in Hamburg
Red light district in Hamburg

Get lost in the hardcore party scene

When it comes to partying, Berlin is effortlessly on the ball with an unrivalled diversity of bars and clubs. One club not to be missed is the Berghain and Panorama Bar with dark minimal and techno rattling out. Be prepared for shock-factor – this is not a place for the squeamish! Over in Hamburg there’s also some fine nightlife. Focus on the legendary Reeperbahn – a mile of eclectic nightlife and also home to Europe’s biggest red light district. Find all you need for a hedonistic night: great bars, restaurant, clubs and strip clubs.

The Berghain and Panorama Bar is a 15-minute walk from Frankfurt Tor metro station. Get off at the Reeperbahn train station and you will be in the middle of Hamburg’s red light district.

Liechtenstein Castle
Liechtenstein Castle

Immense forests and picturesque islands

Near Stuttgart, perched high atop a cliff overlooking the Echaz Valley, is Lichtenstein Castle – one of Germany’s most beguiling fairytale castles. Inside the Neo-Gothic-styled walls, you find a fascinating collection of historic armour and weapons. Germany’s biggest island is also a real treat to visit for a few days of relaxation. Rügen sits in the Baltic Ocean, south-west of the mainland and has over 500 kilometres of coastline. The Rügendamm bridge connects the island by rail with Stralsund, a small city on the mainland.

The nearest train station to Lichtenstein Castle is Kleinengstingen. To reach Rügen pick up a train from Stralsund.

Events

 
Rock am Ring festival, Koblenz
Rock am Ring festival, Koblenz

Rock am Ring

June 3 - June 5, 2016

Germany's biggest rock festival, held every June. One of Germany’s many music festivals, lasting 3 days.

Get the train to Koblenz, where you can pick up a special festival shuttle bus to Nürburgring.

Christopher Street Day, Berlin
Christopher Street Day, Berlin

Christopher Street Day (CSD)

June 23, 2016

CSD is a demonstration and event held across Europe to promote equal rights and non-discrimination. In some countries, similar events are known as Gay Pride. The Berlin version is one of the most colourful.

The route starts at Joachimstaler Straße, which is a 5-min walk from the Kurfürstendamm metro station.

Melt festival, Ferropolis
Melt festival, Ferropolis

Melt festival

July 15 - July 17, 2016

A popular German festival with an equal offering of rock and electronic music. It’s just a couple of hours from Berlin.

Get the train into Wittenberg, where you can pick up a bus to Ferropolis.

Oktoberfest, Munich
Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest

September 17 - October 3, 2016

Over 6 million people gather for this festival each year to guzzle copious amounts of beer and try the delicious food offered from the many fare stands. Join the Germans on this traditional drinking marathon and see if you can keep up!

The festival grounds are located 5min by foot from the Theresienwiese metro station.

Jazzfest Berlin, Germany
Jazzfest Berlin, Germany

Jazzfest Berlin

November 3 - November 6, 2016

Founded in 1964, this popular jazz festival runs for 4 days in November.

The venue is a 3-min walk from metro station Spichern straße (exit Bundesallee).

Interrail passes for Germany

 

Most popular passes with Germany

Interrail Global Pass from € 200

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Interrail Germany Pass from € 154

The Interrail Germany Pass is the best way to travel to Germany's highlights, like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Heidelberg and Cologne.

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All Interrail passes with Germany

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

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Pass benefits in Germany

 

Take advantage of FREE and discounted ferries, and reductions on various rail and bus transport, sightseeing tours and more.

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