ICE: Der Intercity-Express

ICE is the abbreviation for Intercity-Express, the high-speed trains that run between the major cities in Germany.

To use the ICE you need a ticket that entitles you to do so, stating that a particular part of your journey is using such a train.

Visitors to Germany may prefer avoid using ICE trains, in order to travel the older, more scenic routes.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


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