The new ICE high-speed train between the German capital and Munich made its first journey last Friday, with only select guests invited for the trip.
The new “Sprinter” trains will take a brisk 3.55 hours to join the Bavarian capital with the federal Hauptstadt, blowing over two hours off current journey times. In the process, it is set to put pressure on airlines and bus companies, which currently dominate the market on the route.
Construction on the route started in 1996 and finished last year. Twenty-two tunnels and 29 bridges have been built on a new 107-kilometre stretch of track through the Thuringian Forest in former East Germany. Trains will travel at speeds of up to 300 km/h over hills and through tree-studded valleys in the idyllic state of Thuringia.
The completion marks the most significant achievement in re-connecting former East and West Germany after reunification in 1990. Plans were first agreed upon in 1991. Tickets will go on sale in October, while the first public journey will take place on December 10th.
Source: TheLocal.de / Photo: DPA