2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Berlin — Munich
in under four hours

Since December 2017, the journey between Berlin and Munich on the ICE Sprinter takes less than four hours! Seventeen million people in Germany are taking advantage of shorter travel times, new direct connections and improved connections. In the project of the century, 230 km of new line were built, 26 tunnels with a total length of 57 km and 37 viaducts constructed, including Europe’s longest railway bridge (8.6 km) in Saale-Elster-Aue near Halle, four million tons of concrete and 156,000 concrete slabs of fixed track installed as well as 134 km of rail transmission line laid. The European Train Control System (ETCS) ensures that the new high-speed line on the new construction lines does not require signals on the track.

Berlin
Südkreuz
Halle
Leipzig
Erfurt
Nuremberg
Munich
Elbe Bridge Wittenberg 333 m
Saale-Elster Viaduct 8,577 m
Unstrut Viaduct 2,668 m
Bibra Tunnel 6,466 m
Finne Tunnel 6,970 m
Ilm Viaduct 1,681 m
Silberberg Tunnel 7,391 m
Grubental Railway Bridge 215 m
Blessberg Tunnel 8,314 m
Grümpen Viaduct 1,104 m
Froschgrundsee Viaduct 798 m
Berlin–Halle/Leipzig 200 km/h
Halle/Leipzig–Erfurt 300 km/h
Erfurt–Ebensfeld 300 km/h
Ebensfeld–Nuremberg 230 km/h
Nuremberg–Ingolstadt 300 km/h
Ingolstadt–München 200 km/h
Everything about the new high-speed line
Three DB info points in Halle (Saale), Goldisthal and Forchheim are available for those who want to know more about DB Group’s project of the century VDE 8.
Everything about the new high-speed line
Three DB info points in Halle (Saale), Goldisthal and Forchheim are available for those who want to know more about DB Group’s project of the century VDE 8.
Everything about the new high-speed line
Three DB info points in Halle (Saale), Goldisthal and Forchheim are available for those who want to know more about DB Group’s project of the century VDE 8.
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Europe’s longest railway bridge
The Saale-Elster Viaduct is the longest railway bridge in Europe. It is also an example of environmentally friendly construction.
2
In harmony with nature
To build the high-speed line, over 3,000 hectares of compensation land were created to replace lost habitat for animals and plants. For instance, sheep in the Unstrut valley graze the orchid meadows.
3
Building bridges using a cast
For the first time in the construction of railway bridges in Germany, bridges have been constructed using a cast, without bearings or joints. Sleek, low-maintenance and cost-efficient – impressive hallmarks of five integral and semi-integral bridges, like the one here, the Grubental Railway Bridge.
4
“Deeply meaningful” records at Mount Blessberg
Twenty-six new tunnels have been built for the line – a total length of 57 km. The longest of these is the Blessberg tunnel. While working on this tunnel, the workers building it discovered the largest previously unknown stalactite cave in central Germany, the Blessberg Cave.

Travel times cut as a result of the full commissioning of VDE 8

When the Berlin – Munich line was opened, the largest timetable change since DB AG was formed was accompanied by numerous improvements in the services offered. Fourty-five stations throughout Germany can be accessed directly with the ICE on the new high-speed line through the Thüringian forest.

-0:00 h

Munich — Berlin

in 3:55 hours*
previously in 6:00 hours

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Halle — Munich

in 2:45 hours*
previously in 4:50 hours

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Erfurt — Munich

in 2:15 hours*
previously in 4:30 hours

-0:00 h

Nuremberg — Berlin

in 2:50 hours*
previously in 4:50 hours

-0:00 h

Nuremberg — Erfurt

in 1:20 hours
previously in 3:10 hours

-0:00 h

Leipzig — Nuremberg

in 3:15 hours
previously in 4:50 hours

Learn more about the largest timetable change since DB AG was formed

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