The Deutsche Bahn's high-speed 'Intercity-Express' trains connect cities throughout Germany.
ABOVE: An ICE T train of the German Federal Railways. INSET BELOW: An ICE 1 train in the German countryside.
By Durant Imboden
France's TGVs, Japan's Shinkansen "bullet trains, " and Eurostar may be better-known to English-speaking foreigners, but the Intercity-Express or ICE trains of Germany have been providing high-speed rail service on the Deutsche Bahn, or Germany Federal Railways, since 1991.
On any given day, more than 150 ICE trainsets connect German cities at speeds of up to 300 km/h or 186 m.ph., with some routes extending into neighboring countries. The busiest stretch of the ICE network, the Riedbahn between Frankfurt and Mannheim, has a capacity of 280 trains per day.
For you, the statistics translate into speed, frequency, and convenience: Intercity-Express trains are, quite simply, the best way to travel between most German cities. Even on long stretches, such as Berlin to Basel, train travel is competitive with flying after you've factored in ground transportation and other hassles.
(Need proof? Lufthansa offers AIRail service for passengers departing from Frankfurt International Airport. You can check in for your flight at the Cologne, Siegburg/Bonn, or Stuttgart railroad station and take an ICE train directly to the Frankfurt airport instead of catching a Lufthansa feeder flight.)
In this article, we'll describe what it's like to ride an ICE train, tell you how to buy tickets or use your rail pass, and point you to other Web resources for Intercity-Express passengers and railfans.other words for success pcos pregnancy success rate rhinoceros success salon success salon success academy scoliosis surgery success rate skills for success spell for success success by design success emoji success factor login success leaves clues success magazine success partners llc success rate of morning after pill during ovulation suited for success symptoms after iui success stories synonyms for success team success the best revenge is success the road to success is always under construction the secrets of lake success the smell of success tip for success tip for success to your success tools for success vasectomy success rate was reconstruction a success what is the success rate of radiation therapy whole food success factors workman success systems 16/8 diet success stories amazon onsite interview success rate best books for success bible verses about success and prosperity brain tumor radiation success rate