Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Potsdam, Lübeck, Timmendorfer strand

The trip goes on, today I'm leaving Berlin and heading my way to Lübeck. But first a short visit to Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
 Regional Express train at Berlin Hbf
 Regional Bahn. I'm taking this train to Potsdam, a trip of 25min from Berlin Hbf

 Arriving to Potsdam, Charlottenhof station
 Berlin-Magdeburg railway is passing through Potsdam and this railway that opened in 1838 was the first railway line of Prussia

 Potsdam Charlottenhof
 German Versailles is Palace of Sanssouci, in Rococo style
Terraced vineyard
 Sanssouci Park

 New Palace, in baroque style.

 Nearby the New Palace is the Potsdam Park Sanssouci railway station
 My next train
 Potsdam Hbf is the main station in Potsdam. It is served as end stop for Berlin S-Bahn.
 Main entrance
 S-Bahn to Berlin takes 39min compared to Regional train that takes 25min. Tatra KT4 tram is on the bridge.
 Back to Berlin Hbf. My next trip will be to Lübeck via Hamburg.
 Berlin Hbf is serving long distance trains (to the left) and regional trains (to the right)
 Upper platforms are serving ICE services to Munich and Basel via Frankfurt
 Lower platforms are service ICE services to Hamburg and Munich (via Leipzig)
 My seat reserved for Hamburg
 SBB-CFF-FFS Re 420 from Switzerland. This subtype is adapted for service in Germany
 Passing by stations at 200km/h. Here is Glöwen

 Note a fence on the platform to warn the waiting passenger from standing to close to the rail (the railway here has maximum speed of 230km/h)
Schwanheide station was a border station during the division of Germany on the Berlin–Hamburg Railway in the German Democratic Republic.
 Approaching Hamburg. The time to change the trains were very tight. Many trains in Germany i took this summer were delayed about 5-10min, enough to become stressed when changing connections.
 After a 30min ride from Hamburg by Regional Express train, and I'm in Lübeck.
 The Hamburg–Lübeck railway is part of the line to Denmark, and it was electrified as late as 2008.
Lübeck Hbf
The Holsten Gate and Petrichurch
The last trip for today is to a place 15km northwest from Lübeck - Timmendorfer Strand
The Bay of Lübeck. TT-Line operates ferry service Travemünde - Trelleborg with ferries named: M/S Robin Hood, M/S Peter Pan, M/S Huckleberry Finn
The beach on the Bay of Lübeck is about 6,5 kilometers long.
Classic chairs can be rented
Travemünde is also linked by ferry connection with Helsinki and Malmö operated by Finnlines. Here is M/S Finntrader. The trip Malmö-Travemünde takes 9h by ferry compared to 6h by train.
Timmendorfer strand station
RB85 line serves Lübeck-Puttgarden service. Here is a train to Puttgarden
Shortly a train from Puttgarden is arriving. I'm going back to Lübeck.
Hanseatic town of Lübeck. The town is famous for Thomas Mann's house. Thomas Mann, winner of Nobel prize in Literature portrayed his family and class in his first novel, Buddenbrooks.
Diesel/electric powered Hess Swisshybrid bus
Cosy and narrow streets of the old town
St Aegidien church

Trave river

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