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Warning! DB German Rail network interruption 23 April-8 May

Rather surprisingly DB German Rail today announced that they have to lock down the Kassel-Hannover high-speed track segment from 23 April to 8 May. Apparently some rather urgent repair work has to be conducted that prohibits any use of the tracks in both directions during the repair.

You need to pass this segment on many Frankfurt-Berlin, Munich-Berlin, Frankfurt-Hamburg and Munich-Hamburg journeys.

In order to avoid getting stuck make sure you book connections that bypass this segment. For example there are Frankfurt via Erfurt to Berlin direct ICE trains, Munich via Erfurt to Berlin ICE trains. Hamburg to Munich vv. you should proactively route yourself via Berlin and Erfurt. Frankfurt-Hamburg is most likely going to be a problem and you'll probably have to accept lengthy detours.

Posted by
5559 posts

NIce heads-up Andreas.
I wonder why the delayed announcement... I saw this problem about a week ago when pulling up itineraries for my Hamburg-Thüringen journey and elected to go with the ICE route via Berlin.

Posted by
2297 posts

Oh darn, that will affect my trip to Hamburg as well ... hmm, maybe I needed this excuse to take a detour via Oldenburg to visit an old friend ;-)

Posted by
2297 posts

Oh darn, that will affect my trip to Hamburg as well ... hmm, maybe I needed this excuse to take a detour via Oldenburg to visit an old friend ;-)

Posted by
12886 posts

Thanks for the information. Maybe I'll escape this sort of interruption when I am in Germany in June.