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This new European high-speed rail network will take you from Vienna to Berlin in four hours

Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria have agreed to work together to upgrade train routes and create high speed lines to improve connections between Vienna, Prague and Berlin.

A new night-train connectionion from Vienna to Brussels started in January 2020 (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP). 
A new night-train connectionion from Vienna to Brussels started in January 2020 (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP). to Berli

Travel times between the capital cities of Germany passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria could be slashed in the next 15 years, if plans announced at German Rail Summit earlier this week come to fruition.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer spoke about plans agreed by the three countries, called the Via Vindobona Treaty for a combination of upgraded routes and sections of new high speed line.

This could allow passengers to travel from Berlin to Vienna in around five hours with limited stops, while express services could even create journey times of four hours. 

The fastest journey time between the two cities is currently around eight hours and 15 minutes. The Berlin to Prague journey time would be cut to two hours 30 minutes and Dresden to Prague to around one hour, according to Railway Gazette international. 

The news comes following plans to revive night trains across Europe, including a sleeper service from Vienna to Paris by the end of 2021.

READ MORE: Map-a return to night trains across Europe takes a step closer 

At the heart of the scheme is a 30km tunnel under the Erzgebirge on the German-Czech border, for which a joint declaration was signed in March 2020. 

This is expected to be completed by the mid-2030s, as part of a 123km high-performance railway between Dresden and Prague, cutting the distance by around 56 km.

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Czech Transport Minister Karel Havlíček said he was keen to introduce two-hourly services to the neighbouring capitals, increasing to an hourly service in the longer term.

The website Railtech reported in 2019 the Czech rail infrastructure manager SŽDC planned to construct high-speed railways in the country, allowing passenger trains to run at a speed of 320kph, more than twice as fast as is currently possible. 

Future high speed lines in Czechia
Future high speed lines are planned throughout the Czech Republic which will also speed up connections to Austria and Germany.

Austrian Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler promised a start would be made next year on a one billion euro upgrade of the 66 km Nordbahn between Wien and the Czech border at Bernhardsthal.

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48er-Tandler: Where to buy cheap second hand items in Vienna

The Viennese environmental market 48er-Tandler sells high-quality second-hand goods and promotes environmentally friendly events. On certain dates, including this Wednesday, people can bring their electric appliances to be repaired for free.

48er-Tandler: Where to buy cheap second hand items in Vienna

The 48er-Tandler is a well-established second-hand market promoted by the City of Vienna where people can find high-quality, functional second-hand goods at reasonable prices.

The market operates in two addresses, one in Margareten (5th district) and the other in Donaustadt (22nd district).

The markets are always worth the visit, with assortments that come from specific drop-off locations at the Viennese waste collection points. Every year, around 130,000 still usable items are handed in at these spots, according to the city council. 

Sales proceeds go to charities in the Austrian capital.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: The new rules about recycling household waste in Austria

In addition, unclaimed items from the lost property service and things no longer needed by various municipal departments of the City of Vienna also go on sale.

Reparaturcafe im Margareten

Occasionally, the 48er-Tandler also promotes special events, including the Reparaturcafe, or “Repair cafe”, which is taking place on Wednesday, January 25th at the 48er-Tandler Margareten (5., Siebenbrunnenfeldgasse 3) from 3 pm to 6 pm.

“Repairing instead of throwing away” is the motto of the first event of the year. If you have a broken electrical appliance at home, you can drop it off during the specified hours. A repair professional will take a look at your device free of charge and try to repair it on-site – saving you money and helping the environment.

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People can also see the repair being made and learn how to continue using the device for as long as possible. Any electrical appliance can be taken except for cell phones, computers and coffee machines, which take too long to fix.

No registration is required, just drop by and join in. The waiting time can be spent shopping at the 48er-Tandler or chatting over free coffee and cookies.

READ ALSO: Repair bonus: How to get money back when electrical items break in Austria

You can check more information HERE.

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