Spectacular routes with the regional train

High gasoline and diesel prices are hitting many drivers hard. To relieve commuters and at the same time encourage them to switch to public transport, the federal government is planning discounted tickets for regional trains and buses.

In concrete terms, this means that trips with regional and local transport should only cost 9 euros per month throughout Germany in June, July and August. The Bundestag will vote on the € 2.5 billion project on May 18 or 19. This was reported by the German publishing network (RND).

9 euro ticket during the holidays?

The duration of the experiment would therefore fall in the middle of the holiday season. Travelers also benefit, as arrival and departure with the 9-euro ticket is likely to be cheaper in many cases than by car. Also, the savings price could allow many people on a tight travel budget to take a trip or a short vacation to Germany.

With the monthly flat rate, the whole of Germany can easily be explored by train. But which goals are particularly worthwhile? The 9 euro ticket on the railway lines with a panoramic view is a special treat. The travel reporter shows a selection of the most beautiful routes with regional trains.

1. With the Mittelrheinbahn through the Palatinate

Rhineland-Palatinate shows its most beautiful side on the tracks of the Mittelrheinbahn. The route runs along the Rhine from Cologne via Bonn and Koblenz to Mainz.

Train journey with a view of the Rhine: the Mittelrheinbahn travels through the beautiful river valleys of Rhineland-Palatinate.

From the windows of the regional train there is a splendid panoramic view of the ancient castles and idyllic vineyards of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are many attractions along the way. For example, it is worth making a stop to visit the 800-year-old Andernach Cathedral, which is one of the oldest cities in Germany.

The magnificent Mariendom of Andernach was built around 1200.

The Roman complexes in the picturesque center of Boppard and the Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar are also easily accessible from the Mittelrheinbahn train stations.

2. To the source of the Danube with the Black Forest Railway

The Black Forest Railway connects Offenburg in western Baden-Württemberg with Lake Constance. The 149-kilometer route winds its way through dense mountain forests and 39 tunnels.

When traveling with great views, train travelers should plan a layover in Triberg. From the train station it is only five kilometers to a 163 meter high waterfall. During an adventurous ride, visitors to Triberg also learn a lot about the Black Forest Railway, which was built in the second half of the 19th century.

The start of a long river journey: the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen.

In Donaueschingen, another train station on the Black Forest route, you have the opportunity to visit the source of the Danube. The gurgling spectacle of spring water in the princely basin in the castle park fascinates onlookers from near and far, because the rising water forms the origin of the 2,857-kilometer river through ten countries.

3. Beach hopping in the Bay of Lübeck

The railway lines from Lübeck and Hamburg to Fehmarn could also be described as bathing routes. On the way to the famous sunny island, regional trains stop at the Baltic Sea train stations of Timmendorfer Strand, Scharbeutz, Haffkrug, Lensahn, Neustadt and Grossenbode.

Regional train to Scharbeutz: The railway line runs from Hamburg or Lübeck to Fehmarn.

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Whether it’s originality in Scharbeutz, coziness in Neustadt or a little chic in Timmendorfer Strand: with the 9-euro ticket, travelers can head to several Baltic Sea beaches at the same time. It is usually less than a 20-minute walk from train stations in the Bay of Lübeck.

Dream destination on the Baltic Sea: Timmendorfer Strand beach is just a 20-minute walk from the train station.

There is even more beach at the destination station on Fehmarn. With over 2100 hours of sunshine per year, the island is one of the sunniest regions in Germany. The most popular and at the same time largest stretch of beach is Burgtiefe South Beach, a 2.5km long and up to 60m wide holiday paradise with white sand, blue water and great views of the Fehmarnsund Bridge.

4. Heavenly view from the Höllentalbahn

If you travel with the 9 euro ticket, you can embark for free for the next adventure in Donaueschingen: a ride on the Höllentalbahn.

The Höllentalbahn crosses the famous Ravenna viaduct near Hinterzarten.

The railway line crosses many historic tunnels and bridges from Freiburg to Villingen. On a twelve-kilometer stretch between Himmelreich and Hinterzarten, it traverses 400 meters of altitude and thus holds the record as the steepest railway line in Germany.

Heavenly views continually open up from the windows of the Höllentalbahn. A highlight is the view from the 224 meter long Ravenn viaduct over the Ravenna gorge.