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Regional train heading west from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Photo by Christian Allinger (CC BY 2.0).

Travel and saving with the German Rail Pass, Feb-Mar 2017

Above: Regional train heading west from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Christian Allinger).

I’ve set foot inside Germany at least once each year since 2001. I’m back “home” for the 17th consecutive year with the following “mostly Bayerisch” itinerary:

  • München
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Mittenwald
  • Reutte in Tirol (Österreich)
  • Oberstdorf
  • Augsburg
  • Heidelberg

Thanks to their springtime 20% promotion, I’ve secured a 2nd-class German Rail Pass for seven days of travel inside one month.

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Fotoeins Friday: Track 14B, Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Deutsche Bahn, IC 2218, Oberes Mittelrheintal, Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Germany,

The nebulous transition

I’m racing past kilometer 554.

The simple black and white sign on the east flank of the river counts down to the end, to the river’s mouth where the mineral-rich mud and silt enter the North Sea. Another sign tells me what this famous rock-face landmark is.

There’s barely enough time at Loreley to detect the hint of a siren’s call, as the train marches to the next bucolic town. Though small in size, the town and its buildings seem to stand fast in a “group hug” of the river bank in a futile attempt to hold back the rush of the Rhine.

This feels like routine, a journey in western Germany which I’ve repeated many times over the last 15 years. With heavy heart, I’ve departed my adopted hometown of Heidelberg for the umpteenth time. I’m traveling north to meet with friends I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

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Berlin Grunewald: no train will ever leave track 17

Deutsche Bahn, Regional Express, Rhein, Rhine, Bingen, Bingen am Rhein, Germany,

Germany, inside the numbers for Nov-Dec 2015

(I made the image above at Bingen am Rhein on 25 November 2015.)

I returned to Germany this past fall for a month-long trip. It’s instructive to look back at these key numbers: 15, 8550, 3200, 14, 7385, and 4.

15 consecutive years

2015 marks the 15th year I’ve set foot inside Germany. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany between 2001 and 2003, and since leaving, I’ve returned to the country at least once each year.

In the air for 8550 kilometres

•   One-way distance: 8550 km, YVR-LHR-TXL (Vancouver-London Heathrow-Berlin Tegel).
•   Journey time, including LHR layover: 15h25m east (total), 15h45m hours west (total).

YVR-LHR-TXL, Great Circle Mapper

Vancouver — London (Heathrow) — Berlin (Tegel)

On the train for 3200 kilometres

The following map shows the approximate journey on the train through Germany over the 4-week interval. For more details, click on the “arrow-window” icon at the upper left corner of the map below.

German Rail Pass, Deutsche Bahn, Germany,

A well-used 10-day German Rail Pass. I didn’t get “controlled” on 25 Nov and 6 Dec.

•   Saving money with 10-day German Rail Pass (GRP).
•   With a deal for the GRP at $440 CAD, usage each “rail day” $44 CAD ($32 USD).
•   Approximate train distances below with distance calculator (in German).

Date GRP Train route Distance (km) Total (km)
11 Nov 1 Berlin Spandau — Hannover Hbf
Hannover Hbf — Steinach
Steinach — Rothenburg odT
13 Nov 2 Rothenburg odT — Steinach
Steinach — Würzburg Hbf
Würzburg Hbf — Regensburg Hbf
15 Nov 3 Regensburg Hbf — München Hbf 126 1067
17 Nov 4 München Hbf — Karlsruhe Hbf 338 1405
19 Nov Karlsruhe Hbf — Speyer Hbf 50
21 Nov Speyer Hbf — Worms Hbf 43
23 Nov Worms Hbf — Mainz Hbf 48
25 Nov 5 Mainz Hbf — Koblenz Hbf 94 1499
27 Nov 6 Koblenz Hbf — Bielefeld Hbf 308 1807
29 Nov 7 Bielefeld Hbf — Köln Hbf 200 2007
1 Dec 8 Köln Hbf — Magdeburg Hbf 433 2440
3 Dec 9 Magdeburg Hbf — Hannover Hbf
Hannover Hbf — Hamburg Hbf
6 Dec 10 Hamburg Hbf — Berlin Spandau 300 3065
8 Dec B-Charlottenburg — Potsdam Hbf

•   Over 3000 kilometres covered with GRP.
•   Over 3200 kilometres on intercity trains, not including intracity trains.
•   19, 21, 23 Nov; 8 Dec: not included. 23 Nov thanks to TouristInfo Worms; 8 Dec S-Bahn.

To the 14 cities

I was fortunate to visit cities small and large, including four of the five largest cities in the country. It’s unusual I didn’t fly into Frankfurt airport or stopped inside Frankfurt am Main. I also experienced balmy conditions in mid-November: t-shirt and shorts weather in Munich!

Date City
11-12 Nov Rothenburg ob der Tauber
+13 +7
13-14 Nov Regensburg
+13 +4
15-16 Nov München
+23 +10
17-18 Nov Karlsruhe
+17 +12
19-20 Nov Speyer
+15 +6
21-22 Nov Worms
+9 +2
23-24 Nov Mainz
+6 +1
25-26 Nov Koblenz
+7 +4
27-28 Nov Bielefeld
+8 -1
29-30 Nov Köln
+12 +4
1-2 Dec Magdeburg
+11 +5
3-5 Dec Hamburg
+12 +6
6-10 Dec Berlin
+12 +2
8 Dec Potsdam
Wetterturm, weather tower, Deutsches Museum, Muenchen, Munich, Germany,

+17C (64F) on the weather tower, at 315pm on 16 Nov 2015 – Deutsches Museum, Munich.

With 7385 photographs

•   Image number, 24521 to 31905
•   7385 photos over 30 days
•   Average of 246 photographs each day

I “flipped” the four-digit image counter on my Canon EOS6D camera for the third time to exceed total exposure number 30-thousand. The reset occurred in Magdeburg, Germany with the image below.

Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany,

Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg – 3 Dec 2015.

4 highlights

Week 1, 11-18 November

Regensburg’s “Wurstkuchl” is known as one of the oldest places standing in Europe to serve food. High-quality locally-produced ingredients, long queues for sausage.

Week 2, 19-25 November

In what is known as the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, the oldest gravestone in Worms’ Jewish Cemetery (“Holy Sand”) dates back to 1058 AD/CE.

Week 3, 26 November – 2 December

In Magdeburg’s Old Town, the golden “Magdeburg Rider” is a copy of the oldest German equestrian statue (c. 1240 AD) now housed inside the city’s Cultural History Museum.

Week 4, 3-10 December

The “Bridge of Spies” in Potsdam once symbolized the deep Cold War divisions between “east” and “west” as part of the physical border between East Germany and West Berlin.

Thanks to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg, Karlsruhe, Speyer, Worms, Mainz, Koblenz, and Magdeburg for their kind hospitality and generous access to various services and facilities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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