Updated: 4 days ago
As you know, the fuel cost has been rising since 2022 started. The German government had introduced 9-euro summer tickets for each month from June to August. With this 9-euro ticket, all the public transport, including Regional trains, Trams, U-Bahn, S-Bahn and buses (excluding high-speed trains) can be used.
We had a very thrilling summer this time. As we are working full-time, we made a plan for each weekend at the end of May and listed all the places we wanted to explore in these three months.
Overall, we had travelled 7,967 KM in 33 days and explored 11 cities, 15 towns, 7 natural landscapes and 1 amusement park in three countries in just 27 Euro travelling cost.
Big hats off to Deutsche Bahn for introducing this ticket and managing all the routes effectively. Sometimes, we face few delays due to late arrival or departure of the trains or some technical issues, but we always manage to get to our destinations as planned. In total, 1.8 m tons of CO2 emissions have been saved this summer due to Germany's 9-euro ticket. We are so proud of ourselves that we are also a part of it and travel without harming the environment.
Weekend 1: Heidelberg & Frankfurt:
We started our summer adventure with our trip to Heidelberg from Munich. It was around 6 hours journey on a Regional train with 3 stops. As we already knew it would get crowded around 8 AM, we got the earliest connection at 5:30 AM.
Luckily, the trains weren't crowded, and we managed to reach Stuttgart as we had planned, but Stuttgart central train station was so crowded. Our train to Heidelberg was already full when we reached there that they had closed the train doors and didn't let anybody in.
We had to wait for another hour for the next train. No complaints :D What else do you expect in a 9-Euro ticket? We took the next train and reached Heidelberg around 12 PM (7 hours from Munich).
We had already planned a night's stay at Heidelberg. We dropped off our bags at the hotel and headed towards Heidelberg Castle and Königstühl. We spent the whole day exploring the castle and the hilltop.
We took the Bergbahn to reach the top and climb down by foot. On the same day, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that city had organised a summer firework on the Castle. We enjoyed the magical firework near the river Neckar.
On the next day, we enjoyed the lovely cruise on the river Neckar, Heidelberg and walked along the river Neckar and explored Heidelberg Old town.
Our next stop was Frankfurt, we took the train from Heidelberg to Frankfurt. It was only 1 hour and 30 minutes train. We also had a night's stay in Frankfurt. We reached Frankfurt in the evening and enjoyed a beautiful sunset near River Main with the view of Skyscrapers.