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local trains in Germany

Is there an on-line source for the local train schedule in southern Germany? I don't want to enter my origin and destination cities; I want to know all my options and see the complete route of destinations and maybe the schedule. Considering its Germany, this must exist somewhere. Thank you!

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"Is there an on-line source for the local train schedule in southern Germany? I don't want to enter my origin and destination cities" How can you have schedules without origins and destinations? (This train goes through somewhere (but not named) at 9:30 and somewhere else at 11:30?) If you are looking for routes, you might want to try this page. "Nahverkehr" are regional trains, and they are run by Bahn subsidiaries in each Land (state), that's why the maps are by Land. On some of the maps, the station color indicates how often a train stops there.

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"Is there an on-line source for the local train schedule in southern Germany?" No. Deutsche Bahn stopped publishing their complete schedules on-line long ago. The regional diagrams provided in the link by Lee show the majority of the routes (the only thing I see missing are some of the Straßbenbahn lines that run between closely adjacent cities). You can pretty much count on most trains to run at least hourly at an absolute minimum, and much more frequently during peak hours.

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Adrienne Do you understand how many stations there are in each Land in Germany? And how many connections there can be with trains every few minutes in some cases? Its not like the Coast Starlight with once a day service to a few places. Consider how much paper and how many screens full that would be. You don't define southern Germany. Baden-Wuerttemberg alone must have 300 or 400 stations, Bayern is a huge Land and must have way more.

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According to the CIA Factbook, Germany has almost 42,000 km of track routes in it's network. Germany has almost one-third (32.4%) of all route km in western continental Europe. According to the Bahn, there are 5400 stations in Germany. According to the Bahnland-Bayern website, there are 5800 km of track routes and over 1000 stations in Bavaria.

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Here is a somewhat messy map of the entire country of Germany and the surrounding countries. Click on 'detailed map blahblahblah' at the bottom of the page. You may need to zoom out to get the entire map on your screen. Between this and Lee's map, this is probably about as close as you'll get. You may be able to get the info you want by searching between two cities on DB's website, for example. Also, if you have access to a Thomas Cook guide (the BIG book, not the glorified pamphlet), that may be of help. I simply Googled 'map of German train stations' to get the hits I got; I also only looked at the one that I posted here. There may be many better ones Out There... Definitely NOT like Amtrak - for better and worse ;-)