Frankfurt - Füssen itinerary

Museum Embankment Festival, Frankfurt

With its reputation for efficiency, travel on the German rail network is an absolute pleasure. Clean, fast, and rarely requiring reservations, it’s amazing just how much of the country you can see in relatively little time.

Use this route for inspiration or follow it down to the letter to see the cities who each have a character of their own. Plus one extraordinary castle…

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Frankfurt, Germany

 

Frankfurt is the main transport hub of the country, with Germany’s busiest airport and substantial road and rail connections. It’s a city of big business (the German stock exchange is based here) and plenty of glittery, gleaming skyscrapers.

There’s still plenty of old world charm to be found, though. Stroll along the oft overlooked neighborhoods of Bockenheim, Bornheim, Nordend and Sachsenhausen to see elegant 19th century houses or else pay a visit to central Romer square and the museums at the River Main.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

Skyscraper skyline of of the business and financial center Frankfurt, Germany

From Munich to Nuremberg

 
Munich-Nuremberg

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  • Munich, Germany

    Munich Hbf

  • Nuremberg, Germany

    Nuremberg

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Nuremberg, Germany

 

Unfortunately, Hitler chose Nuremberg as the host city for the Nazi party rallies and created a vast, purpose-built complex there on which to broadcast his political propaganda. It is to the city’s great credit that it has managed to reinvent itself as a beacon for human rights now as well as a damn fine place to stop for a beer and bratwurst on one of its cobbled and cosmopolitan streets. You can still visit the rally grounds, together with their poignant museum.

Nuremberg

Cityscape of Nuremberg

Cityscape of Nuremberg
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ICE high-speed trains run twice an hour from München Hbff to Nürnberg Hbf. The journey takes just over an hour. No reservation required.

From Heidelberg to Cologne

 
Heidelberg-Cologne

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  • Heidelberg,

    Heidelberg Hbf

    • Mannheim Hbf

  • Cologne, Germany

    Cologne

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Cologne, Germany

 

Renowned for its exuberant carnival, Cologne is city that knows how to have a good time.

 

Visit the towering Dom cathedral, the pastel-pretty Altstadt, the Roman ruins and the home of Eau de Cologne.

 

Make time to sip the local drink: kolsch. It’s a light coloured beer served by the glass across the city. Make sure to cover your glass with your beer mat when you’re ready for the top ups to stop otherwise they just keep on coming…

Cologne

Cathedral of Cologne

Cathedral of Cologne
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IC trains leave from Cologne Hbf to Hamburg Hbf every hour and the journey takes just over 4 hours. Reservations are not required.

From Cologne to Hamburg

 
Cologne-Hamburg

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  • Cologne, Germany

    Cologne

  • Hamburg, Germany

    Hamburg Hbf

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Hamburg, Germany

 

Hamburg is a dynamic harbour town that’s seen plenty in its 1200 year old history. Despite being the second most populated city in Germany (after Berlin) it holds the credentials as being one of the greenest, with 50% of its land hosting parks, farms or waterways, thanks to the ambitious redevelopment program that was necessary after the war.

 

Steel and glass now stands alongside the baroque Hauptkirche St Michaelis and all-night revellers cross paths with early shoppers at the Sunday morning Altona fish market.

Hamburg

The old Speicherstadt in Hamburg

The old Speicherstadt build with red bricks in Hamburg
Info

ICE high-speed trains run throughout the day from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf at a frequency of just less than once an hour. The journey takes between I hour 42 minutes and two hours. Reservations are not required.

From Hamburg to Berlin

 
Hamburg-Berlin

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  • Hamburg, Germany

    Hamburg Hbf

  • Berlin,

    Berlin Hbf

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Berlin, Germany

 

With a history for reinvention that would dazzle Madonna herself, Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Germany. Check out edgy designers and outlandish nightclubs or else fall silent and pay your respects at the many memorials to its tragic, recent past.

 

Stand at the Brandenburg gate or else see the city from on high from the landmark Fernsehturm tower. See the remains of the wall that divided a city, and the world, at the vibrant East Side Gallery. 

Berlin

Cityscape of Berlin

Cityscape of Berlin
Info

Direct high-speed ICE trains run throughout the day from Berlin Hbf to Munich Hbf (although at irregular intervals.) The journey takes between six and seven hours and reservations are not required.

From Berlin to Munich

 
Berlin-Munich

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  • Berlin,

    Berlin Hbf

  • Munich, Germany

    Munich Hbf

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Munich, Germany

 

Home to Oktoberfest and a great deal of confidence and good cheer, Munich is a fun city to visit whatever the time of year. Head to Marienplatz for street entertainers and pavement cafes, then admire the grandeur of the Rathaus, Residenz and twin-domed Frauenkirche church.

 

To catch up with life in the modern era, visit BMW world or admire the work of Picasso and Andy Warhol in the Pinakothek galleries. And if you can visit in winter, you’re in for a treat. Munich has some of the best Christmas markets around.

Munich

Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz, Munich
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RE regional trains run from München Hbf to Fussen every two hours. The journey takes just over two hours and reservations are not required

From Munich to Füssen

 
Munich-Fussen

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  • Munich, Germany

    Munich Hbf

  • Füssen,

    Füssen Hbf

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Füssen, Germany

 

Füssen’s main attraction access to the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s Disney home: Neuschwanstein. Built by Ludwig II, before he was declared insane, it’s a testament to a dreamy vision of architecture and creativity if nothing else.

 

There’s more to Fussen than just the castle, though. Nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps it’s a good base for hiking and trekking activities and has an understated charm all of its own. 

Fussen

Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen

Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen

Scenic train routes

The tracks from Mainz and Koblenz up towards Cologne (Köln) pass along the banks of the Rhine providing beautiful views across its quiet, stately water and the vineyards and church steeples that glide past in the background.

 

Heading south from Munich towards Austria and Italy marks one of the most spectacular train routes in Europe. As the train rises through the mountains, deep pines, barren rock and snow capped peaks, it’s easy to feel small in the face of this outdoor display of brilliance.

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