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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y


Does anyone know if it's easy/practical to get from Cologne to Berlin by train, and if so how long it takes? Also is there anywhere worth stopping off at in between these places?

Bex :)

2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting bex76


Does anyone know if it's easy/practical to get from Cologne to Berlin by train, and if so how long it takes? Also is there anywhere worth stopping off at in between these places?

Sure. My wife says there is a direct train about every hour; the trips takes about 4 1/2 hours. As to stopping off in between, I suppose that depends on what you consider to be worth your while.

Kevin Pfeiffer

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 10y

That's great, thanks Kevin.:)

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Yup, an hourly train leaving [from memory] at xx.45 and takes a bit under 4.5hours. There's nothing desperately amazing or stunning on the way to stop off an see, as most of the places you pass through - the Ruhr cities, Bielefeld, Hannover etc - are mostly industrial cities. Dusseldorf (only just up the road from Köln) has a nice centre, Hannover has the odd museum, Wolfsburg is the home of VW and has a museum, but you aren't missing huge amounts if you just travel straight through.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

I beg to differ - there are the Harz mountains, which are very charming and offer you to see rural Germany.

Think like this: How much have you seen of the British Islands if you zip from London to Dublin and limit your stay to those cities?

Personally I am very fond of the following sights: Wernigerode (smallest house in Europe, famous romantic castle and famous town hall), Quedlinburg (world heritage site, completely preserved medevial town centre with lots of timber structure buildings, world famous monastry), the Brocken narrow gauge railway up the Brocken mountain, the top of the Brocken mountain, and "Roßtrappe" ( meaning Horsespur) and "Hexentanzplatz" (witches dancing place) nearby Thale. Usually it is also very good skiing there, but this year there has not been enough snow yet.

So if you are going now at this time of the year and have limited time, consider taking a ride on the narrow gauge railway plus spending a day in Quedlinburg. The best ride is from Wernigerode up the Brocken, because there they still use the historical steam engines, but this depends upon heavily the weather on the top of the mountain. There is a small museum on the Brocken on the history of the place, including items from the Cold War, when the Soviets used it as a vantage point to spy on planes landing and starting in London and Paris.

Best way to get there from Berlin: Take regional train from Berlin to Magdeburg and change there to the HEX Connex trian to Quedlinburg. Trip takes about 3 hours and ticket is 31 EUR one-way.

The Youth Hostel in Quedlinburg is:

Jugendherberge Quedlinburg
Neuendorf 28
06484 Quedlinburg

Tel: 03946/811703
Fax: 03946/811705
Email: JH-Quedlinburg( at )
Schedule of narrow gauge historical train

As for getting from Quedlinburg to Cologne, the trip takes about between 5 1/2 and 6 hours. You need to go back to Magdeburg and change there to the IC/ICE trains coming from Berlin or Leipzig and going via Hannover to Cologne. Price is 78,00 EUR or 83,00 EUR depending upon the connection.

Hope you change your mind about going from straight from one big city to the other!

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Bex

U can check the following site, and see if there is a direct train, from Cologne to Berlin, and how long it would take. U can also buy a ticket online at this site, if u are living in Europe.


[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 11:19 PM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

My apologies - I was thinking in terms of the normal/direct rail route as opposed to a more vague geographical sense, which is actually quite embarrasing.

I agree with t_maia that the Harz mountains have some great sights and are on the way between the two cities, and a great place to stop off for a couple of days if you have time. If you are just looking for a stop over of a few hours though, it will be trickier to get anywhere/see anything worthwhile.