Arriving in Munich by junge1 ()
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There are two train stations in Frankfurt a. M. - Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and Flughafen (airport). Once I cleared customs at the airport it is only a short walk to the train station, they are all connected. A ticket at the counter was 108 Euro one way. If the ticket is bought on the internet it cost less. There are also discounts for frequent travelers, seniors and students. Duration of travel is 3 1/2 hrs via Mannheim, Stuttgart, Ulm, Augsburg to Munich. This second generation ICE train has a maximum speed capacity of 205 mph. The train seen on the right, a first generation ICE train, has a maximum speed limit of 155 mph. Most EU countries have trains with similar top speeds. The fastest we went on this trip was at one time 160 mph. On the the return trip from Munich to Frankfurt (Flughafen) via Ingolstadt, Nuernberg, Aschaffenburg to Frankfurt a.M. we hit 186 mph once we left Ingolstadt. The scary thing is that there is no noise and/or other indicators of this speed.
The actual speed is determined by many factors, and stretches where the train actual hits 205 mph are rare. In Germany the assumption is that if the distance between two points is 400 miles or less, taking the train takes less time than flying.
The drawback of these speeds is that one doesn't have enough time to to have a full course meal - there just isn't enough time.
This picture was taken on 18 December 2018, Sig...
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Is that you standing beside the train? Makes me wonder - who took the photo of you?
Thanks for the info about the 1st and 2nd generation German trains. Not quite as fast as the French TGV trains, but their tracks were laid for straightness and speed. I see I have some catching up to do re the German trains. Keep up the good work! :-)