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Europe By Train: Hamburg

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Back in March/April of this year, The Belated Birthday Girl and I spent two weeks travelling between various European cities by train. Fifth stage of our journey: Deutsche Bahn from Vienna to Hamburg (all three photos by The BBG). More details here.
31st May 2007, 10:04   | tags:,,

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i desperately want to travel europe by train. how did you organise it etc etc?!?

31st May 2007, 10:07

SpankTM says:

It's a hell of a lot easier than it used to be, thanks to the interweb. All the national train companies have websites - Eurostar for the initial cross-Channel run, SNCF for France, Trenitalia for Italy, OBB for Austria, Deutsche Bahn for Germany, and NS for Holland - and you can track them down easily on Google. Timetables and tickets are all available online from there. If you're flexible and/or young you may be able to get a pass of some sort, but we're neither, frankly.

31st May 2007, 10:18

so do you end up buying a huge wad of tickers prior to travel and just off you go? what did you do about accommodation?

31st May 2007, 10:34

SpankTM says:

Yeah, that's exactly what we did with the tickets. As for the hotels, you've probably noticed we swanked it up a bit - www.mrandmrssmith.com was our starting point for accommodation research, Rough Guide and Lonely Planet were also helpful (and have more options in the more sensible price bracket). Again, all pre-booked before we left.

31st May 2007, 10:41

i presume the train tickets are open travel? i.e. anytime during a certain period rather than spot on single times?
(sorry for being so quizzical!)

31st May 2007, 10:51

SpankTM says:

No, we had all the train tickets locked down to specific times. Most of the train journeys were over six hours long (Vienna to Hamburg takes nine and a half hours), so we were keen to have reserved seats.

31st May 2007, 10:56

ok cool - thanks a lot for the info :o)

31st May 2007, 11:06