These are the best destinations in eastern Germany

East Germany is spacious, diverse and diverse. Of Use And scold in the far north-east along the Baltic Sea coast the region extends to the north. At the eastern limit the or and the border with Poland the area before the southeast that Ore Mountains and follow the Czech border. The western demarcation consists of the borders with Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. A huge area where you can also explore a lot with the regional espresso. We show you the best destinations. It is important to us that it does not take more than twenty minutes to walk from the train station.

Berlin / Brandenburg

With the 9 euro ticket you are also completely free Berlin at the feet. Aside from long-distance traffic, you can use anything that looks like local public transport, but not the tourist ships on the Spree. Thanks to the dense S-Bahn and U-Bahn network, you can get to almost anywhere without having to contend with buses and trams, from Wannsee to Köpenick. Whole books can only be written about Berlin and its sights. But we want to show you which destinations you can easily reach with Regio.

Boat trip in the Spreewald

Outside the capital you will find RE 2 to the southeast Spreewald. If you get off at Lübben or Lübbenau, this unique nature resort with its boat rides is just a few minutes’ walk away. This is also on the path Tropical island. It’s no less than a 20-minute walk from Brand Train Station, but a shuttle bus will take you there.

The state capital is also worth a visit Potsdam (RE 1 from Magdeburg via Berlin to Frankfurt Oder) or the slightly smaller one Werder (Havel). Here you will find many beautiful ones, especially in spring Orchards with fruit wine to discover.

Things get a little more serious with a trip to Fürstenberg (Havel) (RE 5 from Rostock). the former Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp it is a few minutes walk from the train station. This also applies to that Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg. It is only twenty minutes from Oranienburg train station (RB 20 from Potsdam or RE 5 from Rostock / Berlin).

If you still have a sport excursion, we recommend a trip to Jüterbog. There you will find it Flaming skate, a total of 230 kilometers of skaters (and cyclists) only route through the Fläming south of Berlin. You can reach Jüterbog with the RE 3 from Berlin / Eberswalde / Schwedt / Stralsund. Alternatively, you can also hop on or off in Baruth. Baruth is on the RE 5 between Rostock and Elsterwerda.


Dresden And Leipzig they are the two largest cities in the federal state of Saxony. Both cities deserve to be seen in their own right. Because as soon as you leave the train station you are directly in both Dresden and Leipzig in the Old Town. You can get to Leipzig, for example, with the RE 42 from Nuremberg, the RE 6 from Chemnitz or the RB 20 from Eisenach. The RE 13 from Magdeburg is also a possible train. Incidentally, Leipzig and Dresden are connected by the RE 50 lines, so you can visit both cities one after the other.


TO Dresden Alternatively, you can take the RB 31 from Elsterwerda and then from the Berlin area, the RV 30 from Zwickau or the RE 18 from Cottbus. Frauenkirche, Semperoper, Zwinger, Residenzschloss – these are just some of the places of interest. Once in Dresden, you can use S-Bahn line 1 to explore one of the – subjectively – most beautiful regions in Germany: The Elbe Valley between the Czech border and Meissen – the Saxon Switzerland. Elbe Sandstone Mountainspaths along the Elbe, cities such as Bad Schandau, Kurort Rathen and Meißen but also the Koenigstein Fortress and the bastion bridge it is visible directly from the railway stations along the S1. You can also do this from the Schöna terminus walking in the Czech Republic walk – along the Elbe.

If you like the mountains of the region, you can go for example to the Altenberg spa (RB 72 from Heidenau). That one summer toboggan run it is only five minutes from the train station. Numerous other places in the Ore Mountains they are easily reachable with the regional express or the regional train. But be careful: on some routes – for example in the direction of Fichtelberg – steam locomotives are not covered by the fare of the 9 euro ticket.

Saxony-Anhalt / Thuringia

Between the Erzgebirge and the Brocken lies the Thuringian Forest. Here you will find, among other things, the city of Goethe Weimar. Weimar can be reached from Gera, Erfurt, Göttingen, Altenburg, Halle, Leipzig and Jena.

Harz narrow gauge railway
Harz narrow gauge railway

This also applies to them Harz narrow gauge railway. You can find them for example in Wernigerode, Quedlinburg and Nordhausen. In all three cities you have connections to the regional express and from there you can change to the Brocken. But be warned: a round trip to the top of the mountain costs 51 euros for adults. It is possible to reach Quedlinburg from Magdeburg and Thale (RE 11), Werningerrode from Halle and Goslar (RE 4) as well as Magdeburg (RE 21) and Nordhausen Nord from Erfurt (RE 56), Halle and Kassel (RE 9) and Göttingen (RE 80). Other excursion destinations in the Harz are available for exploration.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

We have already included many destinations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in our suggestions for Excursions in the north of Germany presented. In addition to the numerous beaches, which are only a few minutes away from the train station, tourist destinations such as Wismar and Schwerin should also be mentioned.

But in order not to repeat the North German guide text, we simply link it to you here.

A train of the ODEG - East German Railways

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