Day 1: Arrival Munich
Discover the city in a round trip by tram, a very popular means of transportation in Munich. During the trip, you experience a journey through time, which introduces you to Munich's art, culture and everyday life and to many well-known attraction sights and memorials. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Munich.
Day 2: Historic trip through a romantic landscape
From Munich, the journey goes directly west into one of the most attractive landscapes of Germany, the Black Forest in the area where three countries, namely France, Switzerland and Germany meet. Grant yourself the unique experience of a pleasant and relaxing trip on the Pigtail train (Sauschwänzlebahn), sitting in one of its old carriages. With this train, the great-grandparents once swayed through the romantic countryside. In the zone between Freiburg and Constance, the train steams past viaducts, rattles over gorges and storms through tunnels until it screeches to a halt in the terminal station in the little town of Weizen. In the evening you can gradually bring the day to a conclusion over a substantial assorted cold meats and sausages plate with Black Forest gammon and other delicacies of the region. Overnight stay in the area of Freiburg.
Day 3: On the Swabian train
In the full sense of the meaning as expressed by a German folk song, you undertake a pleasant and relaxing train journey on the "Öchsle" steam train. This was once the property of the Royal Württemberg Staatsbahn and, until 1964, transported generations of students, workers and farmers through the Swabian province. Afterwards you can visit one of the world's best known manufacturers of model railways. In the Märklin Museum a wide spectrum of historic and current Märklin products are displayed ranging from toys for girls to the digitally controlled model train layout. As a farewell, you can purchase your favourite products and other distinctive collectors' items in the store (it is online). Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Stuttgart.
Day 4: Journey to the past
Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Swabian Mountains in a trip with the museum train, the Sparrow of Ulm (Ulmer Spatz). Thanks to the charitable society of train lovers, this historic rail-bus still exists today and performs its contribution to the general public by keeping the interest in the history and presence of trains alive and by continuing to arouse new interests. Afterwards there is the opportunity to come in "physical contact with trains" in the Bavarian Train Museum in Nördlingen. Take the opportunity to re-live the fifties and experience a live railway station from that time. In this museum, there are no halls and modern showrooms, only the railway station as realistically reproduced as possible. On the terrain, you find (almost) everything required to enable the smooth running of steam locomotives and diesel-electric locomotives. Before you continue your journey to Nuremberg, you can still make time to relax with a pleasant afternoon coffee in the railway museum's dining carriage. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Nuremberg.
Day 5: Visit the oldest Railway Museum
On your journey, the opportunity to visit the oldest railway museum of Germany should not be missed. In the German Railway's Company museum (Firmenmuseum der Deutschen Bahn), approximately 40 historic rail vehicles are on display. Your tourist guide conveys interesting facts regarding the milestones in the history of the railways. You receive a complete picture of the development of the first railway vehicle, from the historical Adler locomotive up to the current high-speed Inter City Express (ICE) trains. Before you depart for Berlin, let me whet your appetite! "Drei (Bratwürste) im Weckla" is the name of a typical Nuremberg snack. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 6: Inhale Berlin during a steam train trip!
Become acquainted with the pulsating German capital on a traditional bus round trip. It passes the Brandenburg Gate, the parliament building - the Reichstag, the museum island (Museumsinsel) and Checkpoint Charlie. Afterwards, you could take a stroll in the Wuhlheide people's park. There, an exceptional type of train journey awaits you: the train driver and conductors are children and teenagers, under the supervision of experienced, honorary "park-trainers", of course. Enveloped in a cloud of steam the train puffs away through the park. Subsequently, you can take another look at the collection of lovingly restored steam, diesel and electric locomotives. In the afternoon, you arrive at the Technical Museum on your trip into the history of the railways from 1918 to 2000, displayed in no more than 33 stages. You also gather information on the dark side of the railway's history, namely the deportation of the Jews. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 7: Departure
Best travel season: May - October
Closest airport for arrival: Frankfurt Airport
Closest airport for departure: Cologne/Bonn Airport
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