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Take the D train

This is not an homage to Duke Ellington, but it could be. He proposed that you take the A train, but is this ticket even better? For sure, if you want to discover all of Germany. Starting from May 1, 2023 unlimited travel on many trains and public transport throughout Germany is possible for 49 euro a month. DW’s Lukas Stege explains where to get the Deutschland ticket, or ‘D-Ticket’, and what you need to know about it. This is almost too good to be true, so jump on it, quickly.

This probably goes without saying, but here’s why taking trains (always) is a good idea, but especially in Germany. Germany has an extensive and well-developed rail network, with efficient connections between major cities, towns, and even smaller villages. The network is known for its punctuality and reliability, making it easy to plan and navigate your journey, and that’s a great feature if you don’t feel like driving.

Speed! Germany is renowned for its high-speed train system, known as the ICE (InterCity Express). These trains can reach speeds of up to 320 km/h (200 mph), allowing for quick travel times between major cities like Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne. If you’ve not taken a German train, prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime.

And, probably most importantly, think of the environmental Sustainability: Trains are a greener mode of transportation compared to cars or airplanes. By choosing the train, you contribute to reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact. Germany places a strong emphasis on sustainability, and its efficient rail system aligns with the country’s commitment to eco-friendly practices.

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