Planning a trip to trip to Germany? Why not ditch the car ride and rather treat yourself to a beautiful train journey? We have brought you the list of the best and most beautiful train routes to travel in Germany. A slow but exciting journey through snow-capped mountains, rivers, and dense forest is all you need on this trip.
Germany train travel will allow you to experience the beauty of nature, the history of Europeans, and meet the friendliest people. The Government of Germany has decided to charge only €9 in June, July, and August to boost train travel. To get more detail visit the German railway’s official website.
1. Cologne to Mainz
Get a mesmerizing view of Rhine Valley on the Cologne to Mainz route. It will take you around one and a half hours, covering 86 miles. There are multiple options for you to stop at a pretty town during your journey. Koblenz is the best place where you can make a stop and enjoy the surroundings.
From the train window, enjoy the mountain cliffs, ships bobbing in the ocean, and lush greenery. The fresh air, shiny sun, and cool breeze are all you need on this train ride. It is undoutedly one of the best train journeys in Europe. Make sure that you book a seat beside the window so that you can enjoy the scenery.
Connecting: Cologne to Mainz
Best attraction: Rhine Valley (Germany’s scenic town)
Distance: 86 miles
Journey time: 1 hrs 40 min
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2. Konstanz to Offenburg
Lake, block forest, and lush greenery is what you will come across on your journey from Konstanz to Offenburg. As the journey begins you will get to see Lake Constance in Konstanz to the land of the black forest, Hansel and Gretel. The distance between Konstanz and Offenburg that the train covers is 80 miles which will take around four hours.
As soon as you leave Konstanz, you will see pine trees, and orchids and slowly you will enter black forests, quaint hamlets, and lush meadows. The train passes through pretty Triberg town and Hornberg Viaduct. Get the best view of Germany by train itinerary.
Connecting: Konstanz to Offenburg
Best attraction: Hansel and Gretel (the Black Forest)
Distance: 80 miles
Journey time: 3 hrs and 55 min
3. Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the world. The architecture symbolizes the European empire which is delightful to watch. The distance covered by train between Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle is 57 miles which will take almost two hours. The Bavarian countryside which starts from Munich to Fussen allows you to witness the most picturesque view of your journey.
No matter how many times you have seen the image on the internet or in image, you will not be able to stop yourself from saying Wow! The magnificent castle is the definition of beauty and elegance.
Connecting: Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle
Best attraction: Neuschwanstein Castle (One of the most beautiful castles in the world)
Distance: 57 miles
Journey time: 2 hrs 2 min
4. Saxon Steam Railway Route
The stretch of the Saxon Steam Railway Route is about 62 miles and the journey is approximately two hours long. It is a short train ride because of the steam engine train. This train ride will allow you to experience the old steam trains that are slow but fun.
The ride will touch various cities and towns including the Elbe region, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Lower Silesia, the Eastern Ore Mountains, and Vogtland. You will also get to see the culturally rich cities of Moritzburg Castle, Leipzig, and Dresden. Hope onto the luxury train and wonder different parts of Germany viewing the picturesque scenery.
Connecting: Saxony to Vogtland
Best attraction: Saxony’s Heritage (Thousands of years of culture and traditions)
Distance: 62 miles
Journey time: 2 hrs approx
5. Munich to Mittenwald
Take this ride of one hour and 51 minutes from Munich to Mittenwald which will enable you to experience the best scenic surroundings. Enjoy the scenery of snow-capped mountains, lakes, cute villages, countryside panoramas, and green fields.
During the winter seasons, this whole area turns into snow and the atmosphere becomes chilly. If you want to stay in Mittenwald then you should search for guest houses. You could easily get guest houses because the area is always visited by tourists. If you are traveling in Germany by train then this is the best route to get a glance at the beauty of Germany.
Connecting: Munich to Mittenwald
Best attraction: Bavarian Countryside(Germany’s beautiful snow-capped mountains)
Distance: 50 miles
Journey time: 1 hrs 51 min
6. Zugspitze Railway Route
One of the four rack railways still in use in the nation is the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway. The longest ascent in Europe, it extends from Garmisch (705m/2,313ft) to just below the summit of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. It is also the country’s highest railway route (2,650m/8,694ft). To get to the summit, you must change to a cable car at the station. The entire trip lasts around 75 minutes and is just as exciting as the final destination. It is one of the most scenic journeys in Germany.
Connecting: Garmisch to Zugspitze
Best attraction: Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain)
Distance: 11.8 miles
Journey time: 75 min
7. Harz Steam Railway Route
The train ride alone is a good enough excuse to visit the Harz Mountains. Starting from Drei Annen Hohne station, the ancient steam Brocken Railway meanders through the Harz National Park to Brocken, the highest peak (1,141m/3,744ft) in the Harz mountain range. Even though the trip is only 19 kilometers (12 mi) long, the vistas of the mountains and valleys are breathtaking.
Connecting: Drei Annen Hohne to Brocken
Best attraction: Harz National Park (Germany’s most visited national park)
Distance: 12 miles
Journey time: 1 hrs 40 min (approx)
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8. Three Lakes Railway
You may either take the Höllentalbahn (Hell Valley Railway) all the way from Freiburg to Donaueschingen or you can turn off at the Titisee station and catch the Dreiseebahn (Three Lakes Railway), which travels south. The Titisee, Windgfällweiher, and Schluchsee are three well-known Black Forest lakes that the railway passes through on its way to the Seebrugg station, where it ends. You’ll be rewarded with unbroken, stunning views of Bärental not long after leaving Titisee (Bear Valley).
The highest point on the route is the Feldberg-Bärental station at 967m (3,173ft) above sea level. The trip takes roughly an hour to complete the 19 km (12 mi) distance.
Since trains leave Freiburg every hour, purchasing tickets at the station without making a reservation is simple. Arrive a day early for a stay at the Alex, a stylish boutique hotel located just five minutes on foot from the main railway station, if you do want to take the time to explore the city and its charming old town.
Connecting: Freiburg im Breisgau to Seebrugg
Best attraction: Titisee, Schluchsee, and Windgfällweiher (three famous Black Forest Lakes)
Distance: 12 miles
Journey time: 1 hrs (approx)
9. Rügen Railway
The Rügensche Kleinbahn (RüKB) is a 24 km (15 mi) long narrow-gauge railroad system that runs on the island of Rügen between Putbus and Göhren. A large portion of the steam locomotives and wagons employed in this network is more than 100 years old, giving you the opportunity to experience a small amount of time travel. The classic train rumbles through posh seaside resorts and lush woodlands. Its slow speed (30kph/19mph) has earned it the nickname Rasender Roland (Dashing Roland). Tour around Germany by train and get to experience mesmerizing scenery.
Connecting: Putbus to Göhren
Best attraction: Beach resorts(Germany’s beautiful golden-sand beaches)
Distance: 15 miles
Journey time: 40 min (approx)
10. Fichtelberg Railway
The Fichtelberg Railway is a charming steam train that connects Cranzahl with Oberwiesenthal, Germany’s highest town, and a popular ski destination. During the hour-long, 17-kilometer (11 mi) beautiful train excursion, you’ll see sights that will surely surpass your expectations. Sehmatal Valley, trains passing each other at the charming Neudorf, Hammerunterwiesenthal, Pöhlbach Valley, five bridges, and a viaduct are just a few of the photo opportunities you’ll see along the trip. The Ore Mountains are covered in snow around Christmas, and you can enjoy cities that are illuminated.
If you’re an early riser, enjoy Oberwiesenthal’s surroundings and stay the night to see the sunrise and sunset. A spa is available at the Alpina Lodge Hotel Oberwiesenthal for even more bathing.
Connecting: Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal
Best attraction: Sehmatal Valley (Germany’s one of beautiful valleys)
Distance: 11 miles
Journey time: 1 hrs (approx)
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In this article, we have brought you a list of the best scenic trains in Germany which will captivate you with their beauty. The best part about the train journey is that you get to cover various cities without a hustle. If you are taking a tour package, make sure that you research perfectly to get a reasonable tour package.
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