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Feb 6th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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Bahn train reservations - where's my seat number?

My husband and I are travelling by train from Köln to Amsterdam in April, and have purchased our tickets through the bahn.de website without any problem. However, this train requires reservations, and I have paid the additional €8,00 for the reservations, but I don't see a seat # anywhere on my online printable ticket. What am I missing?

Will they assign a seat # later, or do I need to "swipe" our online printable ticket somewhere in the train station to get our seat assignments?

Help! I need some guidance.

Robyn
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Feb 6th, 2013, 03:21 PM
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Look at your ticket. Wg is the car number, PL the seat number.

When I bought a ticket on line this information was on the printed ticket.
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Feb 6th, 2013, 03:28 PM
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It must be on your ticket. There is the train connection with departure and arrival times, and under "Reservierung" it has the details.
You may want to have a look at my tips on train travel over on Virtualtourist. Here is the one about seat reservations: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1dbd83/

>Will they assign a seat # later, or do I need to "swipe" our online printable ticket somewhere in the train station to get our seat assignments?
Nope.
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Feb 6th, 2013, 03:32 PM
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WOW! Thanks for the quick response, adrienne. I see that information on my ticket:

2 Sitzplätze, Wg.31, Pl. 51 52, 2 Fenster, Tisch, Nichtraucher, Ruhebereich

Can anyone translate the underlined for me?

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Feb 6th, 2013, 03:44 PM
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EXCELLENT web site, quokka. Thanks for the link and information.

With your help I have figured out that I have 2 window seats, with a table, no smoking.... and Google translate is telling me that Ruhebereich is "rest area". Not sure what that means.

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Feb 6th, 2013, 04:29 PM
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Fenster = window
Tisch = table
Nichtraucher = no smoking
Ruhebereich = quiet area (no cell phone calls, no music and keep reasonably quiet and silent)
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Feb 6th, 2013, 06:16 PM
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Thank you, thank you, asps, for the translation. I'm glad to know that we will be in a quiet area.

And quokka... I poked around some of your travelogs on Virtual Tourist and was so excited to see that you visited Eppingen!!! I can trace my mom's side of the family back to the early 1600's from Eppingen, and I visited this beautiful preserved town in 2007, and am planning a return visit this April. It truly is one of the most beautiful old timber towns that I have seen so far. The fachtwerk display in the park is excellent for explaining the different building styles. I loved all your pictures and descriptions, and have taken notes on things to see while there. I am surprised that this little German gem of a town has remained so unknown.

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Feb 7th, 2013, 12:56 AM
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Thank you for visiting my VT pages! Yes, Eppingen is a little gem. There are many of those unknown little places that the authors of the first guidebooks missed, so they never made it on the average tourist's schedule. (Maybe we should keep that quiet, as not to ruin its charms? LOL)
So you'll be in my area in April - I live in Karlsruhe.
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Feb 7th, 2013, 01:26 AM
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At Cologne station they have indications of where the carriages stop, so you can be standing in the right place for your carriage, not standing at the wrong end of the platform!

If you are travelling 1st class they come round with drinks too!
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Feb 7th, 2013, 04:10 PM
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hetismij - Thanks for the info about Cologne. We're trying to watch our costs this trip, so unfortunately, we'll be travelling 2nd class. No drinks for us....except maybe one of the several bottles of wine we plan on picking up during our travels through the Black Forest and Swabian Jura. And speaking of drinks... maybe we can get together in Amsterdam, when we're in town. It would be nice to meet up with you again.

quokka - Yes, we'll be travelling through Baden-Württemberg from 21-28 April. Our itinerary, so far:

21 Sun Arrive Heidelberg @ 12:45 HEIDELBERG
22 Mon Car to Oberöwisheim, Eppingen, Maulbronn TÜBINGEN
23 Tue Car to Hohenzollern, Schiltach, Alpirsbach, Baden-Baden(?) TÜBINGEN
24 Wed Car to Bebenhausen, Schloss Lichtenstein, MEERSBURG
25 Thr Meersburg, Mainau, Birnau/Underlingen(?) MEERSBURG
26 Fri Car to Hohentwiel, Stein am Rhein, Bad Sackingen, WISEN,CH
27 Sat Heritage Tour, Car to Staufen, Triberg, GENGENBACH
28 Sun Train to Titisee, Frieburg, GENGENBACH
29 Mon Train back to Amsterdam

quokka, if you are available during our schedule to get together for a drink & lunch/dinner (we have to sit down and each at least once during the day anyway), we would enjoy meeting up with you for a GTG. You've been such a help to us on this trip and our last time to Germany in 2007.

We're really looking forward to our trip, and hope the weather gods will be kind to us. Thanks everyone, for your help.

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