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Freiburg im Breisgau Transportation: 33 reviews and 43 photos
Freiburg is on the main railway line between Frankfurt and Basel, so it is well served by InterCityExpress (ICE) trains going north and south. The journey from Frankfurt to Freiburg takes just over two hours, with stops at Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Offenburg.
On weekends and holidays the trains can get quite full, so it's worth the slight extra fee (EUR 1.50 if you book online) to get a seat reservation. Otherwise you might have to sit on the floor as these folks in the first photo are doing.
Update: The fee for a seat reservation has since gone up to four Euros per person and direction (for a maximum of two trains), so it isn't as much of a bargain as it used to be. I still usually get a reservation, especially Fridays and Sundays when the trains are fullest.
Second photo: This train from Zürich and Basel has just arrived at platform 1 of the Freiburg main station. The train is in two halves, both of which will go to Cologne, and from there the second half will continue on to Amsterdam.
Third photo: People boarding the ICE train.
Fourth photo: In a second-class coach of an ICE train going from Freiburg to Frankfurt, and then on to Berlin.
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