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Germany Train Travel DB Bahn & CNL

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My travels in Germany for two weeks will begin in Berlin this October. From there, our group of 3 adults plan to take a City Night Line train from Berlin to Munich. We then plan to train from Munich to Fussen and back, Munich to Nuremberg, Nuremberg to Rothenburg, Rothenburg to Heidelberg and finally Heidelberg to Frankfurt.

My question is regarding The German Rail Pass FLEXI that I can purchase on www.bahn.com. I am thinking it will be the best deal to get the 7 day FLEXI pass for each of us to use for all of these destinations. Does anyone have experience with this and will this be best for our group of 3 (we all want to stay together each train ride)? Also, I see there is a surcharge for the CNL train overnight from Berlin to Munich - can anyone explain what I should expect? Finally, any other advice I should consider about taking all of these train routes?

Thank you in advance.

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    Hi Skaleitin,

    I think the German Rail Pass Flexi will be too much travel for you. It costs 269€ for second class for 7 days of travel, or about 38€ per day of travel.

    Here's what your point-point tickets would cost if purchased separately:

    Berlin - Munich. With the Rail Pass, you still need to buy a couchette or a cabin, unless you think you'll be happy sleeping at your seat. So, you'll still need to do that. The advance-purchase price of a ticket from Munich to Berlin is about 47€. You're a little late purchasing the ticket to get the discounted fares, but it's still a savlings.

    Munich - Füssen & return. Use the Bavaria Ticket for the price of 33€ for all 3 of you.

    Munich - Nürnberg. Use the Bavaria Ticket for the price of 33€ for all 3 of you.

    Rothenburg o. Tauber - Heidelburg. The advance-purchase ticket is 29€ per person.

    Heidelburg - Frankfurt. The advance-purchase ticket price is 19€ per person.

    So the combined fares for your trip using the advance-purchase discounted tickets is 117€ per person. You can see that the Pass is overpaying for your travel by about 150€.

    But you need to make your plans firm and buy your tickets asap. The discounted fares do sell out.

    Have fun as you plan!

    s

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    Swandav's break-down omits the Nuremberg-Rothenburg leg - another €33 Bavaria ticket. That makes 6 legs. So €128 each with the individual tickets - roughly.

    "Saver fare" tickets for Berlin-Munich and the last 2 travel legs must be pre-purchased well in advance (NOW) in order to get those low prices of €29 and €19. Your actual price might be a little higher, or a lot higher if you delay purchase. You should check prices for these dates right now for a more accurate comparison with the rail pass. You do not have to check the other 4 travel legs that use the Bavaria Ticket - that price is fixed.

    Note that on weekdays the Bavaria Ticket is valid from 9 a.m. Note also that it permits the use of in-city transportation, so when you use it to travel to Nuremberg or back to Munich, you can use it on the U-bahn or the trams or buses that same day.

    Now some suggestions for an improved itinerary. IMO, Bamberg and/or Würzburg are preferrable to Heidelberg and Rothenburg. Both offer UNESCO World Heritage sights and a more "authentic" look at Germany than Rothenburg (a tourist mecca that gets 2.5 million visitors annually, one that Rick Steves has dubbed a "medieval theme park.")

    Bamberg and Würzburg are also much easier for you to reach than H'berg and R'berg. Bamberg is a 45-minute day trip by direct train from Nuremberg, while Würzburg is 1.2 hours from Nuremberg RIGHT ON the route to Frankfurt from Rothenburg or from Nuremberg - either your train will stop there or you will change trains there anyway. (Figure €33 for 3 adults on the Bavaria Ticket for Nuremberg-Bamberg and Nuremberg-Würzburg instead of the €29 each to H'berg.) Rothenburg to Heidelberg requires 4 trains over 4 hours or so; from Nuremberg, you'll need 3 trains to reach Rothenburg.

    Note also that you might not need to overnight in Frankfurt (presumably you're going there for your flight out.) You can reach FRA airport from W'burg in 1.5 hours by direct train.

    Bamberg:
    http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/624
    http://en.bamberg.info/sehenswertes/

    Würzburg:
    http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/169
    http://www.blaek.de/_images/baet/A_Mainbruecke-05.07.jpg

    Final tip: IPHOFEN, an adorable old walled town between Nuremberg and Würzburg and right on the train line as well. No pesky tourists.

    Iphofen photos: http://www.stadtbild-deutschland.org/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=2985

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