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Daytrip to Wittenburg

Hi all-

I'm tentatively planning two weeks in Germany with one week in Berlin and the second in Munich/Salzburg sometime next year. If I wanted to make a day trip from Berlin to Wittenberg, what trains would I use? I've read about the ICE trains but I was hoping there would be a cheaper regional train. Are there audio tours I could rent once I'm there.

My grandfather was a Lutheran minister and I've always wanted to see where Luther lived hence the day trip to Wittenberg.

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There are direct regional express (RE) trains roughly every two hours from Berlin Hbf to Lutherstadt Wittenberg beginning at 6:32 am. Same story in the other direction beginning at 7:00 am. Those 2-hour intervals are peppered with additional journeys that require a change of train on the way.

You can look this stuff up yourself at the DB Railways site. Just click on "only local transport" when you do your search to find regional trains. Next year's schedules aren't loaded so just use the currently-available times as a guideline and check the actual times later.

https://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en

For regional trains you do not book in advance (unless they are part of a high-speed rail journey.) You just buy tickets or day passes at the station. For this journey, the Brandenburg-Berlin ticket (day pass) is normally on offer and covers the round trip for 2 persons at €33 for trips this fall. I'd expect a similar day pass offer next year.

https://sbahn.berlin/en/tickets/all-tickets/regional-transport/brandenburg-berlin-ticket/

As far as trains are concerned, Russ has covered that topic. Just make sure that you catch the train to Wittenberg or Lutherstadt Wittenberg, which is the official name. There is also a Wittenberge, which is also a destination of regional trains, but in an opposite direction.

The tourist information in Wittenberg do offer audio guides for rent. Look here: https://lutherstadt-wittenberg.de/en/city-tour/audio-guide-tour-1/ The tourist info is located opposite the castle church, a 20 min walk from the central station.