Germany's answer to the growing desire and increased need for high-speed train travel in Europe came in 1991 as the Deutsche Bahn's InterCity Express (ICE) set to the rails for the very first time. Offering well-structured and timely transit between over 30 destinations in Germany and surrounding countries, ICE trains stand tall against similar networks - namely the TGV of France and the Shinkansen of Japan - and recall elements of traditional train travel while moving at speeds of up to 186 mph. Features such as even more comfortable seating, greater capacity for bicycles, and windows that optimize cell phone reception and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the train are just some of the features that travelers can look forward to in the future. The rest - well, that is a surprise.
Travelers have the choice of First or Second Class seating for the duration of their trip. Both classes are fully climate-controlled and include both Wi-Fi Internet power outlets at the seats. Access to the Restaurant, Bar, or Bistro Cars is inclusive between classes.
Whether you are traveling between Germany's modern cities or using Germany as a kicking-off point for grand adventures to scenic regions in neighboring countries, ICE is an ideal means of transit.