Holidays with nine-euro ticket – do: excursions, fitness and travel

The nine-euro ticket is coming. Questions are still open, but it should be available from June 1st. The cheap bus and train ticket is available for three months and is valid throughout the country. So if you buy your ticket in Frankfurt, you can also travel with regional trains in Bavaria or Lower Saxony. Only ICE and IC are excluded. And this is how a holiday with the cheap ticket works:

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By the Rhine and Lake Constance

In 2021, you could still travel from Badischer Bahnhof in Basel to Ulm in just over three hours without having to change trains. Now the train has to be changed in Friedrichshafen. Train fans will get over it, for the route all the way to the southern part of the republic offers magnificent landscape cinema: the Wild Rhine with the waterfalls near Schaffhausen, Lake Constance with the Alps in the background and lovely Upper Swabia, blessed with baroque buildings. At the end of the nearly 300-kilometer journey, the tallest church tower in the world, Ulm Minster, welcomes you.

Information about Hochrheinbahn: www.bahn.de

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Through the Black Forest

From the Baden metropolis Karlsruhe to Lake Constance and back: The Black Forest railway has been possible for more than 150 years. Almost no bridges, many tunnels – this was the goal pursued by builder Robert Gerwig, who literally “glued” the route to the mountain. The two terminal loops, which cover a height difference of about 400 meters between Hornberg and Sommerau, are ingenious. An engineering trick makes it possible: The linear distance of eleven kilometers between the cities has been extended to 26 kilometers of railway line. The journey from Karlsruhe to Konstanz takes three hours.

More information about the Black Forest Railway: www.schwarzwald.com/sehenswertes/schwarzwaldbahn.html

By train to the Allgäu

Departure to Bavaria: The Free State has many beautiful regional train lines, such as the route from Freilassing to Berchtesgaden with the national park. Or the Mittenwaldbahn, which runs through the Karwendel Mountains. Also beautiful: the route from Munich to Füssen. BRB departs once an hour in the direction of Königsschlösser. In the Bavarian metropolis, the peaks of the Alps are still vaguely visible on the horizon, but for every kilometer they dominate the landscape. The journey takes almost two hours through a real postcard idyll, at the end of which you are spoiled for choice: hiking on the Lechweg or visiting the “Kini” on the Neuschwanstein. More information about the Bavarian Regiobahn: www.brb.de

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Lahn in view

It connects the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse and is – as it was never fundamentally modernized in large parts – a relic from the early days of the railway: the Lahndal line between Niederlahnstein and Wetzlar, of which the Hessian part is designated as a cultural monument. The winding, extremely attractive route with its historic tunnels does not allow higher speeds, so it takes almost 90 minutes to travel the almost 90 kilometer long route. But the traveler always has the meandering Rhine tributary in view. The route is popular with cyclists because the Lahntalradweg has a railway connection.

Information about Lahn Valley Railway: www.daslahntal.de/aktiv-draussen/mit-bus-und-bahn-unterwegs

Along the Moselle

It does not always have to be the Middle Rhine Valley with its castles that delight railway fans. The little sister, Mosel, is no less beautiful. The route to the right of the Moselle, on which a train ran until the 1960s, now serves as a cycle path, but the regional express runs at frequent intervals to the left of the Moselle. Steep vineyards, enchanting wine villages and a decorative meandering river await the passenger on the 90-minute journey from Koblenz to Trier. It is worth getting off at Bullay to take a detour to Traben-Trarbach on the Mosel Wine Railway (13 km).

Information about the Moselle Railway: www.moselbahn.de and www.moselwein-bahn.de

Jewel in Vogtlandet

Tradition for 140 years: The Elstertalbahn with 30 stations and stops has the most bridges in Europe and is a faithful companion to the Weißen Elster. Between its source near Bohemian Cheb and the Otto Dix city of Gera in Thuringia, the river presents itself as a natural idyll with rare flora and fauna. The landscape is perfect for hiking or biking. Part of the “Thuringia Trail” runs through the floodplain of the Weißen Elster. Along the 140-kilometer route, there are countless historical and cultural sights such as the lower castle Greiz, the more than 1000-year-old St. Vitus Church in Wunschendorf or the Elstertal Bridge, built of twelve million bricks.

Information about Elstertalbahn: https://vogtlandauskunft.de/elstertalbahn

Into the sandstone mountains of the Elbe

Admittedly, the journey from Dresden to Bad Schandau takes only 44 minutes, but the route through Saxon Switzerland is certainly one of the most beautiful routes in Germany. The tracks nestle towards the Elbe; beautiful villages lie on both banks; behind towers the bizarre cliffs of the Elbe’s sandstone mountains, which inspired painters like Caspar David Friedrich. If you want to extend the short journey by S-Bahn for a day trip, go from Bad Schandau to Schrammsteinen and take the Weißen Flotte back to Dresden. From there, a regional express goes to the Bayerischer Hof.

Information about trains to the Elbe’s sandstone mountains: www.dvb.de

From the Elbe to the coast

The North Sea or the Baltic Sea? That is the question when you choose Hamburg as a starting point for a trip with the ticket of nine euros. The jam express from Altona to Westerland should be well known. But the shores of the Baltic Sea can also be reached by regional trains. The Hanse-Expressen, which runs every two hours, makes it possible in the direction of Rostock. Along the route there are gems like Boizenburg on the Elbe with its many small bridges or the stately castle Schwerin. If you want to continue to Rügen, change trains in Rostock. However, it usually only takes a few minutes before the next regional express departs for Germany’s largest island.

Information about Hanse Express: https://regional.bahn.de/regionen/meckpomm/service/strecken/hanse-express

Brandenburg “Super Lines”

Regional trains are actually designed for medium distances – whatever the term may mean. But the famous Brandenburg “superlines” are not satisfied with short distances, sometimes even several hundred kilometers. Every other hour, for example, there is a direct connection from Lutherstadt Wittenberg to Stralsund – there are 342 kilometers between the two cities. And RE 2’s double-decker carriages cover a distance of 367 kilometers on the way from Cottbus to Wismar and pass places like Lübbenau in the Spreewald or Wittenberge, the gateway to the Elbtalaue, but also real metropolises like Berlin.

Information on RE lines in Brandenburg: www.odeg.de

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