06 March 2012

German Efficiency

So I just finished a ten-day trip to Germany. After that, I can say that I was impressed, and yes, those stereotypes about German efficiency are all true.

Well, where do I start? First, the trains are all on time. If they get delayed, they let you know, and yes, if they tell you that it will be delayed for 5 minutes, it will be delayed for just 5 minutes.

And while we're on the topic of trains, I like the fact that all the transportation systems talk to each other. There is the suburban trains (the S-Bahn), the light rail system (the U-Bahn), and the buses. With one ticket, you can use all three. And yes, they're all on time.

And that's not all. Even the airlines and the trains talk to each other. One leg of my return flight was canceled, which was the first one, from Stuttgart to Frankfurt. So what Lufthansa did was give me a voucher, that was valid for several possible alternative means of transportation. I could take the train to Frankfurt Airport, or I could have used that voucher to rent a car and drive myself, if I wanted to. I opted for the train, and one hour later, I was in Frankfurt Airport, and caught my connecting flight. When I was in the train, they had a list of passengers with my situation, which meant that Lufthansa already communicated with Deutsche Bahn that there would be passengers holding a voucher.

Anyway, after visiting Germany, I felt that they have an awesome transportation system. Deutsche Bahn puts Amtrak to shame so easily. The last time I have had efficient transportation options was when I was living in Japan. It was quite nice to experience it again, albeit only for a short time.

I guess if I were to change something, then I'd just lessen the appearances of David Beckham's crotch in the train stations, because honestly, I see it in every station!


(Another Angle, from my Cathedral of Learning Series)

2 comments:

  1. What, you don't like David Beckham? ;-)

    So German trains are... basically the opposite of French trains! In France, when the train stops, you know you will be stuck for a while.

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  2. Zhu,

    Haha, I don't mind David Beckham, but a little variation would be nice!

    And I didn't know that regarding French trains: there's several TGVs that go to Stuttgart from Strasbourg, perhaps it was a good thing I didn't try boarding them? :)

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