German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

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German Landscapes Seen from a Train Window

Whenever practical, we choose to take the train to our holiday destinations. It’s the most relaxing way to travel and we get to sight-see the countryside of our destination.

In Germany, where train travel is reliable, you can be amazed at the changes in German landscapes from one German Land to another. Here are some examples of the German landscapes we’ve seen while speedily rolling by towards our hiking destination in the Saarland last month.

"Small village one of the German landscapes we've seen from train to Saarland Germany"

"varied German Landscapes seen from a train window - Vineyards seen from train on way to Saarland"

" Boat on the Saar seen from a train"

"an old castle on a hill"

"Relics of industrial Saarbruecken"

These are just some of the German landscapes we see through our train window. The sight of these varied and sometimes amusing landscapes  always add to the pleasure of rail travel. Looking out the window will ease the boredom of long travels.

What about you? What landscapes have you enjoyed while traveling by train?  Does train travel to take you to your holiday destinations appeal to you?

32 comments to German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

  • Learn something new everyday! Thanks for the info, Ken!

  • I see you have the picture of Saarburg castle there, but no shots of the iconic charming little town, with its canal to the waterfall, and alleys on either side of the water with stores selling Italian ice and knick-nacks. What a beautiful place at night, when they light up the waterfall and the castle-like structure (mill?) at the top left of it! Also, do you know why they run the rows of Reisling grapevines up and down the steep slate slopes instead of topographically, parallel with the ridgeline? It’s because the less water the grapevine gets, the more flavor each smaller grape contains, so that it packs a more concentrated wallop into the wine! :)

  • So true that you can see so much from a train – we travelled through France to Switzerland last year and the train journey gave us a real taste of what these countries were like.

  • Andrea, it is near Völklingen. You know your German towns well.

  • A type of photo I know well. I also love to take photos on my train journeys. Was the last photo taken near Saarbrücken or near Völklingen?

  • They were, Laurel. And it was thanks to the persistence of Mrs Easy Hiker.

  • Never would have guessed these photos were taken from a train, I’m impressed. Our weekly hiking group travels by train and I agree, it’s very convenient in Germany.

  • Zorica

    lovely photos, and I agree, train is the best way for travel :)

  • Jools

    Another feast for the eyes here folks, das ist gut ja?! (apologies for that)
    Yeh sure both national stereotypes – French cusines is the best & Germany’s more efficient than the rest of the world – are ripe for some debunking, but providing you’re not ina rush and can just look out the window, just daydreaming and taking in those lovely, rolling green pastures, well why worry?

  • Love taking the train whenever I can… even in the US, it’s a nice change of pace from driving all the time.

  • Mrs Easy Hiker is glad to know people like this post. It was her pet idea.

  • Even under snow, the landscape can be charming, though slightly monotonous I must admit. Thanks for dropping by, Sabrina.

  • What a great idea for a post. Your photos are really beautiful!

  • Sabrina

    Sometimes I forget how beautiful my home country is :) Thanks for sharing these great shots! The last time I took a train in Germany was around Christmas and everything was covered in snow. It really looked like the winter-wonder-land people sometimes imagine it to be in winter :)

  • I love train travel in Europe precisely because there’s usually so much to see from the windows. I took some photos on the Eurostar in April but mine weren’t as sharp! They probably hadn’t cleaned the windows. Thanks for sharing these.

  • Germany really is very green and blue and beautiful. And it’s true about train travel – it’s not that expensive. I took the train from Munich to Oslo this summer. It took nearly 2 days, rather than 2 hours, but the price was about the same.

  • We took the shots through the windows., Jim. Yes, German trains, as you can see, are clean, even the windows. Hah! But I have to say, this train is a regional train that doesn’t go as fast as the, well, the fast trains.

  • That is not true in many European countries anymore, Denise, in Germany, for instance. Read my post on it http://easyhiker.co.uk/cheapest-train-ticket-in-germany/ . Same thing in France. With a bit of planning, you can find cheap train fare offers online. My only consideration for choosing flying is the number of hours required to travel by train to a specific destination, and only because I’m averse to using night trains (due to unpleasant childhood experience). Having said that, I’ve spoken to people who’ve taken night trains and most of them say it’s rather a comfortable way of overnight traveling.

  • You poke your camera out the window Michael, or shoot through the glass? Just wondering if the trains are so clean.

  • I’d live to travel through countries on trains, but it’s often much more expensive than flying

  • The little I know of Koreans, I can believe that the Koreans have a reliable train network as the Germans do.

  • These are gorgeous. We have very reliable and affordable train service here in Korea, too. The train is always my first choice when traveling here.

  • Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos! Traveling by train is such a great way to see the country. Impressive shots through the train window :)

  • Really great shots! Just traveled through Germany on the train, too, but my pics from the window aren’t very good. Absolutely love train travel, especially in Europe where you can get to so many destinations by rail.

  • John, nothing is always reliable. It lives off its reputation, like French cuisine.

  • I’ve been doing day trips with a friend recently and we’ve been taking the train. It’s surprisingly convenient and even with connections, we never end up waiting longer than 15 minutes for the next train. Although for hiking in the Black Forest and Swabisch Albs, I do find it does limit your destinations.

  • Michael, totally agree on rail travel being a great way to travel. Almost as good as hiking. ;) German rail isn’t always reliable; have a look at Jools Stone’s recent Berlin post.

  • All of the pictures included, except the last one, are why I love Germany so much! Beautiful scenery seems to be everywhere. You are correct, there are amazing sights to be seen out train windows :)

  • Needless to say I love the section along the river – especially love it when its through the grape growing regions.

  • That pretty much is the full gamut of scenery one can see out a window from farmland, to rivers, to the industrial sector.

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