BahnCard 25 and why to take the train in Germany

Traveling by train is one of the coolest ways (I think) to get around Germany, and the BahnCard 25 is an awesome way to make it even cooler. Cooler on your wallet: the BahnCard 25 gets you a discount. And cooler on the environment: every BahnCard 25 holder since April 2013 has traveled with green energy.

A sample BahnCard 25

What the BahnCard 25 used to look like. Nowadays the red parts are green.

 

What perks come with the BahnCard 25?

Are you traveling by train inside Germany? Are you going to take several trips? If so, it may be worth it to buy a BahnCard 25. The card costs €50 and gets you 25% off all train trips you book. This includes the already-discounted Sparangebote (savings specials).

Is it worth traveling by train in Germany? Absolutely. Off the top of my head, here is a list of all the great things I can come up with about train travel in Germany.

  • It usually costs less than flying.
  • It uses green energy.
  • It can take the same amount of time as a flight or shorter. This includes getting out to the airport, going through security, and getting your baggage afterwards.
  • Train stations are usually in the middle of a city, while airports are nearly always on the edge of town. See my point above.
  • No need to worry about your bags getting lost. They travel with you in the car the whole time.
  • No security checks or lines to worry about.
  • There’s no turbulence and no seat belts. You can get up any time you want to stretch your legs.
  • The food in the dining car is so much tastier than an airport food cart.
  • Every major German city is well connected with the rail, and most smaller ones too. You can get from Berlin to Frankfurt in four hours.

Should I go on, or have I convinced you yet? Here’s one more story. Some businessmen were traveling from Hamburg to Berlin. They didn’t know about the Hamburg-Berlin train route, which takes less than 2 hours. There was no direct flight from Hamburg to Berlin, so first they flew from Hamburg to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Berlin. That’s a huge detour, a layover, and a lot more airport hassle. Should have taken the Bahn!

 

When a BahnCard 25 is worth it

Let’s do the math. A BahnCard 25 costs €50, and saves you 25% on every trip. So it will pay for itself if you spend more than €50 x 4 = €200 on your train trips. The BahnCard 25 is valid for a year, so you have a long time to make it worth the investment. Or, if you just want to check out your options, there’s a trial version for four months also available which costs half the price.

Where can you go with a BahnCard 25? Just have a look at the website of Germany’s train company, Deutsche Bahn! There you can see the unbelievable possibilities.

 

What do you think? Do you travel on the train in Germany? Does your country have a rail network? Let us know!

 

We’re gonna try participating in the Sunday Traveler blog party! Sundays are great days to take the train.

 

Have a look at some of the other travel blogs!

Popular Cities to Visit in Germany

Popular city to visit in Germany: Cologne

Photo by: Mark Mullen

Germany is a very popular tourist destination. In fact, it´s the second most-visited European country, attracting millions of tourists per year, only second to Spain. With its unique culture, rich history, scenic landscapes and delicious gastronomy (not to mention the good beer), it is truly an unmissable destination. But where do tourists go? Where should you go? The good thing is, many of you are asking the same question: which are the popular cities to visit in Germany? With so much to see and do (and eat, if you´re like me), Germany can be a tad overwhelming, though only in the best of ways. To guide you on your search, I´ve compiled a list of popular cities to visit in Germany for your upcoming trip.

So which are Germany´s most popular cities? Based on airtight, fool-proof statistics straight from the Statistisches Bundesamt (German Statistics Office) on overnight stays of international tourists, here are the popular cities to visit in Germany:

1.    Berlin
2.    Munich
3.    Frankfurt
4.    Hamburg
5.    Cologne
6.    Dusseldorf
7.    Stuttgart
8.    Nuremberg
9.    Dresden
10.  Hannover

The list doesn´t surprise me at all. Having visited some of these cities, I can assure that they made the list for good reason. While some cities may be larger, or greener, or more traditional, or colder than the others, there´s certainly something that will satisfy everyone. In the upcoming days, I´ll be posting “City Briefs” – city overviews of those found on the list – as well as other German travel tips and information to help you plan your adventure!

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