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Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Whether you're heading to an exciting city such as Berlin, Hamburg, Koblenz 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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Grand Imperial Cities
Small Group
4.5 stars(46 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
13 days from
£2,295 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
5 days from
£895 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.0 stars(22 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
Small Group
4.5 stars(48 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express
4.1 stars(14 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Amadeus Queen
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
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£1,795 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Discover Poland
Small Group
4.9 stars(7 reviews)
2022AugSep
13 days from
£2,595 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Poland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Neuschwanstein Castle
2.9 stars(7 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Zermatt Matterhorn Mountain
2022Aug
2023Aug
10 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Luxembourg, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
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Grand Alpine Explorer
4.4 stars(7 reviews)
2022AugSep
14 days from
£3,895 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Harz Mountains Christmas Markets
4.2 stars(10 reviews)
2022NovDec
6 days from
£995 pp
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Germany tours
Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge
6/Aug
hugh gingell
5 stars
“Excellent and N amazing experience.
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Glacier Express and Rhine Cruise
3/Aug
Helen222
5 stars
“The Glacier Express journey and Gornergrat railway trip in Zermatt both lived up to expectations. Hotel in Zermatt was superb with our balcony overlooking the Matterhorn. The river cruise was very enjoyable with superb food including four course lunches! Excellent, friendly service. The lighter your case the better as there was a lot of switching trains, we both took too much.. There were some unexpected glitches requiring additional coach travel but all was handled competently by our tour guide.
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The Majestic Rhine (Rail and Cruise)
2/Aug
L Miller
5 stars
“Everything from the ship to the crew to the staff was first class. The cruise directors were so friendly and efficient - everything from the food to the service was excellent and the staff were so funny and friendly - I cannot recommend it enough and would certainly travel with great rail journeys again.
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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
23/Jul
R Tweed
5 stars
“great journey
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Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
15/Jul
Richard Newton
5 stars
“Great guides and couriers, wonderful locations and first class accommodation on board the ship.
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Discover Poland
6/Jul
Leslie Dumbell
5 stars
“The whole two weeks went very well and was action packed just how I like it.Went to three Chopin concerts two being in the open air at the Chopin park and two dancing waters shows. All free and brilliant.
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
22 Dec 2021
B Vasudaven
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday filled with enjoyable activities, good food and fellowship. Well organised. Very helpful professional staff and crew. Only wish we had checked out a couple of hours later and had a 2 hrs city tour of Cologne on the last day . Very pleased.
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Colditz, Meissen and Saxony by Steam
Sep 23 2020
Mr Michael Arnold
5 stars
“Excursions and hotels all very nice, plenty of free time and it was also very warm(!)
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Berlin, Dresden and Prague
Oct 22 2019
Mr M Arnold
5 stars
“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.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys

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 Majestic Rhine and The Classic 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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