Munich - Frankfurt itinerary

Make the most of how easy it is to travel with a German rail pass by circling round the country in a voyage of reinvention. Each of the cities has had to pause, reflect and regroup over the last century and each has its own interesting cultural footprint to show you today. Let this route become your blueprint for travel or else just use it for inspiration when planning your own trip through Germany.

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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 Nuremberg

 
Munich-Nuremberg

Transfer: 0

Reservation needed:

  • 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 Nuremberg to Dresden

 
Nuremberg-Dresden

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  • Nuremberg, Germany

    Nuremberg

  • Dresden, Germany

    Dresden Hbf

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Dresden, Germany

 

Dresden is often described as the “prettiest city in Germany” with its ornate city skyline silhouette and the impressive Frauenkirche church. What’s even more impressive is that the church was completely rebuilt after decades of lying on the ground as rubble following the devastating bomb attack that took place in 1945. At first, the decision was to leave it in ruins but after reunification, plans for restoration began instead.

Other restored casualties include the Zwinger palace complex and Semperoper opera house.

Dresden

Dresden

Dresden
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EC trains run every two hours from Dresden Hbf to Berlin Hbf and the journey takes 2 hours 10 minutes. Reservations are not required.

From Dresden to Berlin

 
Dresden-Berlin

Transfer: 0

Reservation needed:

  • Dresden, Germany

    Dresden 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
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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 Essen

 
Berlin-Essen

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  • Berlin,

    Berlin Hbf

  • Essen,

    Essen

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Essen, Germany

 

Essen has a strong history for being one of the powerhouses of Germany and its famed Ruhr museum celebrates that fact. Housed in a former coal washing plant, the museum is part of the former industrial complex that has since been recognized as a World Heritage Site.

It’s not all about coal, though. Check out the Red Dot Design Museum, the imposing Villa Hugel and the art on show at the Museum Folkwang before heading to the medieval Dom.

Essen

Zeche Zollverein, Essen

Zeche Zollverein, Essen
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Direct ICE high-speed trains run approximately once an hour from Essen Hbf to Frankfurt Hbf and the journey takes 1 hour and 55 minutes. Reservations are not required.

From Essen to Frankfurt

 
Essen-Frankfurt

Transfer: 0

Reservation needed:

  • Essen,

    Essen

  • Frankfurt,

    Frankfurt Hbf

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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
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