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Cologne has an excellent public transport network consisting of trams, trains and buses. Bicycles were also available for hire on the northern side of the Hauptbahnhof.
Although local transport systems rarely provided announcements in English, network maps were commonly available and thereby, assisted us with our journey.
|Goodbye Cologne, I’m going to miss you|
Having taken in the wonderful sights that Cologne had to offer and before long, it was time for us to leave.
Saying our goodbyes, we headed Hauptbahnhof to catch our train!
|Hauptbahnhof, train terminal|
In Germany, Hauptbahnhof means “main station” / “central station” and stations named Hauptbahnhof are usually quite centrally located.
In most cities and towns where there is more than one passenger station, the Hauptbahnhof (HBF, for short) is always the principal station.
Staff at the HBF usually speak English reasonably well, while ticket machines would have a language selection feature.
From here on, we booked a direct ICE train from Cologne’s HBF to Amsterdam Centraal station.
The trip took us roughly 2 hours and 40 minutes.
|Inside the train station – the HBF|
ICE High-speed Trains
ICE trains operate all over Germany, with connections to neighboring Countries.
|The train platform|
With a maximum speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph – these high-speed trains connect major German cities at hourly intervals.
International ICE trains connect Germany with Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
ICE trains have restaurant cars and a self-service bistro.
Public phone booths and luggage lockers were available on board the train too.
All ICE trains also feature state-of-the art comfort and special amenities such as in-seat video screens, an integral audio system, plugs for computer notebooks and laptops or telecommunication zones.
The latest ICE generation of trains: ICE 3, ICE T and ICE TD – offers a magnificent panoramic lounge at each end of the train set for a spectacular driver’s eye view of the landscape!
Yes, we’ll be in the Netherlands, next!!
See you in Amsterdam!!
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