Berlin can be reached by train from a vast multitude of locations and cities throughout Europe with most connections provided by the national train line Deutsche Bahn. A legacy of the now-absent division between East and West Berlin is that trains can arrive at or pass through a number of different stations that previously were central to the infrastructure of either the East or West part of the city. However, the main hub for ICE regional trains and international trains is Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
Berlin Hauptbahnhof has been the central termination point for regional and international trains to Berlin since it opened in 2006. Other points such as Sudkreuz and Gesundbrunnen still play a role in connections to Berlin but are no longer as frequently visited. The Hauptbahnhof is located centrally and also hosts a large number of retail outlets and other services. It may be worth noting, however, that the station does not currently offer any storage locker facilities.
Deutsche Bahn AG is the main provider for train connections within and to Germany, with links being divided into either ICE (InterCity Express), IC (InterCity) and EC (EuroCity). Other regional trains providers include InterConneX, Harz-Elbe-Express, and Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn.
Traveling by train to Berlin is a great and comfortable way to take in the German countryside before arriving at this remarkable city. Deutsche Bahn offers a number of beneficial features to the journey, including high-speed trains that can reach up to 300 km/h, onboard dining and restaurant facilities, WiFi, and sleeping compartments for overnight trips.
As well as famous historical sites such as the remaining parts of the Berlin wall and the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Berlin is home to a wide variety of alternative sites. These include the famous Bergheim nightclub, situated in the less densely populated Eastern part of the city, as well as the Mauerpark Fleamarket, which is one of the biggest in Europe and attracts thousands of visitors and street performers every Sunday. The city is extremely easy and cost-effective to get around, with a tourist pass giving journey makers access to U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram, and bus services. Trains run around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays while night buses are available every evening.