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From medieval castles to meandering countryside, stylish cities and snow-capped mountains, Germany is a fascinating holiday destination.

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See the best of Germany in comfort and style

Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Whether you're heading to an exciting city such as Berlin, Munich, Hanover or Cologne, intent on discovering the natural beauty, medieval towns and rich cultural heritage of Bavaria or keen to experience the splendour of the Rhine Valley, German trains will get you there.

Sit back, relax in your seat and watch from your train window as Germany's beautiful and varied landscapes unfold before you. On a German rail tour, the journey is often as rewarding as the destination.

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Amadeus Queen
(8 reviews)
2020MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Grand Imperial Cities
(51 reviews)
2020MarAprMayJunJul...
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen
(11 reviews)
2020MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationDenmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
(53 reviews)
2020MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Grand Alpine Explorer
(6 reviews)
2020JunJulAug
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Berlin, Dresden & Prague
(10 reviews)
2020AprJulSep
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  • DestinationCzech Republic, Germany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Rhine Falls
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2020JunSep
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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Cologne's Wonderful Markets
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2019Dec
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Discover Poland
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2020MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Saxony by Steam
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2020MayJunSep
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The Harz Mountains
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2020Feb
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Zell am See
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2020MaySep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany
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Berlin, Dresden & Prague
Mr M Arnold
“The tour manager was brilliant and the group made up of interesting and nice people who geld as a group of travellers. Hotel were very nice and the Eurostar was a great experience as was the German rail network.
Cologne's Wonderful Markets
Mr C Woodhead
“i was impressed with the way Janet Thomas dealt with our 41/2hr delay on German Railways.
Delights of the Danube (Rail & Cruise)
Mr J Rowse
“The holiday was very good, visiting Berlin and Prague before boarding the Amadeus Brilliant which was excellent. Accommodation and food on board also excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Discover Poland
Anonymous
“A country I had not visited before excellent local guides which gave a greater understanding of Poland's history as a nation and from a personal/human point of view the 3 centres where we stayed enhanced the history & travelling between them gave understanding of the Polish way of life
Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge
Mr P Troutman
“This was our first trip to Europe. Our experience was beyond expectations. The tour director, the accomodations, the fellowship of the group all combined to make it memorable.
Highlights of the Baltics & Scandinavia
Anonymous
“on the whole accommodation was excellent Scancia in
Romantic Rhine, Black Forest & Lake Constance
Anonymous
“Excellent all round - a wonderful trip
Colditz, Meissen & Saxony by Steam
Mrs J Yaxley
“A wonderful holiday in great company. The overnight hotels in both Nuremburg and Cologne were acceptable as overnight stays. The main hotel in Dresden was excellent, lovely rooms, fabulous food. Well organised by Great Rail. Excursions were all excellent. We felt the Tour Manager treated us all rather like schoolkids but it didn't spoil the holiday. Would certainly recommend.
The Harz Mountains in Winter
Anonymous
“Every thing was fine well organised hotels were good.

Exploring Germany with Great Rail Journeys

Great Rail Journeys creates every rail tour in Germany with care in order to ensure that our customers enjoy not only a wonderful travel experience with us but also obtain outstanding value for money.

The price of each of our Germany rail holidays includes all transport, a programme of excursions and activities that are designed to showcase the highlights of each destination we visit, accommodation and, where appropriate, selected meals. Some of our holidays, such as The Romantic Rhine and The Glorious Danube, incorporate superb river cruises which provide our customers with an entirely new perspective on some of Germany's most stunning scenery.

 

 

Our itineraries also include free time, allowing our customers to further explore a destination at their own pace, arrange further enjoyable experiences or simply relax.

Our choice of overnight accommodation is based upon the convenience of location, quality, comfort, the range of facilities provided and, of course, value. Often we will choose friendly family-run hotels that offer guests a more personal service and an informal atmosphere.

For complete peace of mind, customers are accompanied on their rail tour of Germany by one of our experienced and knowledgeable Tour Managers. On hand to answer questions and provide assistance, advice and information, the Tour Manager's role is to enable our customers to enjoy a memorable and worry-free trip.

Popular Tourist Destinations

From the magnificent snow-capped Alps that line southern Germany's border with Austria to the wide and pristine white sandy beaches that fringe the Baltic Sea at its northern tip, Germany possesses every kind of terrain and many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Unforgettable destinations include the Black Forest's fairy-tale inspiring expanse of dense evergreens and fir trees in which the mighty River Danube rises, the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge; a valley carved through slate rock by the river and which is renowned for its abundance of ancient castles and vineyards, and the Harz Mountains which offer a beguiling landscape of rugged peaks, wooded valleys, crystal lakes and waterfalls at the heart of Germany.

 

 

 

The Efficient German Rail Network

Train travel in Germany is excellent as trains are generally clean and well-maintained, whilst a typically German efficiency ensures punctuality; DeutscheBahn, the operator of Germany's national rail network reports that ninety percent of its trains arrive within five minutes of their scheduled time.

In the majority of Germany's towns and cities the railway station is conveniently situated toward the centre, providing quick and easy access to a destination's attractions and places of interest.

On some rural routes or those less frequented by passengers, services referred to as 'taxi trains' or 'rail buses' operate on a 'stop by request' basis in much the same way that a bus does.

German Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of Germany. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

Germany's Climate

As with many western European countries, Germany's climate is generally temperate and extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, are rare. Rainfall can occur at any time of year although in winter, eastern Germany, where temperatures are generally lower than in the west of the country, is more likely to experience snow.

Bavaria, in the south, has a typically Alpine climate and is a popular destination with skiers and snow-sports enthusiasts in winter. German summers tend to be warm and sunny with temperatures falling between 20°C and 30°C although rainfall increases slightly during June, July and August.

German Cuisine

Aspects of Germany's cuisine, such as the Black Forest Gateau, pork schnitzel and apfelstrudel (apple strudel) have gained popularity worldwide, but visitors on our tours will find many more specialities to enjoy. Wurst (sausage) is extremely popular; the country produces more than fifteen hundred different types, with individual regions producing their own unique variations. These are typically served with sauerkraut: finely shredded and fermented cabbage. Pork is the preferred meat and schweinshaxe - a pork hock served either roasted or boiled - is found on many German menus. Bread, of which there are more than six hundred varieties, and potatoes are both staples of German cuisine. Germany is also famous for its beer and produces a wide range of styles with pilsner, lager, weizen (wheat beer) and schwarzbier (black beer) among the most popular.

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