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From medieval castles to meandering countryside, stylish cities and snow-capped mountains, Germany is a fascinating holiday destination.
Germany enjoys one of Europe's most advanced, efficient and reliable rail networks. Travelling between Germany's major cities on a high-speed ICE (InterCity Express) train is easy, comfortable and enjoyable, but a comprehensive regional network ensures that virtually any destination in the country can be reached by train.
The German love of rail travel has seen significant investment in the country's railways over the last few decades. Legacy rolling stock has been replaced with modern and comfortable trains and tracks have been upgraded or re-laid, particularly in eastern Germany - as necessary to ensure a largely punctual and smoothly-running rail system.
This means that rail holidays in Germany are enjoyable and worry free. 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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Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.… see more
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Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display on this panoramic rail journey through mountain passes and lush valleys.… see more
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Begin your Imperial adventure early and explore the multi-faceted histories of two European giants, Berlin and Prague. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.… see more
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Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.… see more
10 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >
Discover the contrasting cultures of the fascinating Baltic region, from colourful Scandinavia to the splendour of Russia, via the historic countries of Latvia and Estonia. Explore glorious palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites on this unique Baltic Explorer rail tour.… see more
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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