Germany is grappling with a major transportation crisis as Deutsche Bahn (DB) train drivers go on strike until Friday. The strike, affecting both passenger and freight services, commenced at 2 am and is expected to last until 5 pm on Friday. DB warns of "near standstill" conditions and assures only emergency timetables will be operational, with longer trains to accommodate passengers. The strike, impacting national train services including ICE, IC, EC, and Nightjet, is anticipated to cause widespread disruption across the country. Berlin and Munich, two major cities, are particularly affected, with massive disruptions and alternative transport recommendations in place. Passengers are advised to reconsider non-essential travel during this period.