German travel destinations by train

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Inge wants to take a trip somewhere and buys a train ticket to Bingen am Rhein. The steep valleys of the Rhine and Moselle rivers with their castles are popular destinations in Germany. Other places include low mountain ranges like the Harz, the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest), the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) and the Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains), and destinations in the German Alps and foothills of Bavaria, like Allgäu. As well as the bigger and smaller cities like Dresden, Weimar and Heidelberg, other places like the Ostsee (Baltic Sea) and the Nordsee (North Sea) are popular vacation spots.

Most places can be reached easily by train. Depending on the route, there are various types of train: the Intercity (IC) and the Intercity-Express (ICE) are high-speed trains and don't stop as often as regional trains (Regionalzüge).

Compared with other European countries, train travel in Germany is relatively expensive. It is usually cheaper if you buy tickets in advance. It's also cheaper with a BahnCard (discount card) or with other special offers like regional day tickets. You can get more information at the train station or on the internet.

In Germany now there are also lots of cheap bus connections. Find out in advance which travel option is best for you.