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Best way to Wittenberg

How is the best way to get from Essen to Wittenberg? When I looked at the bahn site it looks like I have to take 4 different trains and one bus ! Is there a better city to leave from that takes a more direct route. If I go to Essen for Karneval, I'll go to Wittenberg on Ash Wednesday to get my ashes like Luther!

Posted by
16165 posts

As far as I can tell from the bahn site, its very straight forward. Direct ICE train to Berlin then change to another ICE or Regional Express to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg. Or are you looking for a route with a Q-D-L ticket?

Posted by
18022 posts

Looking at the Bahn site, from 8 AM until 6 PM, I see 12 connections, all using an ICE or IC (or both). Some have only one connection. Some have Savings Fare tickets as low as 29€. Only if I select "local transport only", which gets me regional connections, which start at 44€ for a QdLT, do I see that many trains to complete the trip (but no bus).

The connection should have "Lutherstadt Wittenberg " as the destination.

I assume you are asking for next year, since Ash Wednesday is already past for this year.


If the connection is to "Wittenberg Kapelle, Neuenkirchen-Vörden", I do get four trains and 2 buses, but that is not Luther's Wittenberg.

Posted by
17 posts

Oh thank you so much! I am much relieved to know I can do it with two trains. I plan to be traveling on a Europass.

Posted by
16869 posts

It sounds like the correct station name has solved your problem. You might also enjoy Rick's video on Luther.

If you're only traveling in Germany, then the German pass is often a good value (but it's not a Eurail product, so you won't find it on all railpass web sites). Check prices next December or January, when there may be special offers.