Will be landing in Frankfurt May 2 and buying train ticket there to Munich in case flight is late or what ever. Then 5 days later will take train to Vienna, after that will leave vienna by train to Melk on May 13....see melk abby that day and then take boat to kerms. Overnight in Kerms for 2 nights , then May 15 need to get from Kerms to Salzburg.....preferably by train. Boat is too slow Rick Steves says and then would have to take train from Melk to Salzburg anyway. May 19 leave Salzburg for Hallstatt where we stay 3 nights. We know we would take a train from Salzburg and change trains at attnang-puchheim to get to halstatt. Know about boat stephanie to the old town center.
May 22 we leave Hallstatt by train to innsbruck where we stay one night. May 23 rent a car and go to reutte (staying at Gutshof Zum Schluxen in Pinswang) for four nights. Will drive to Oberammergu, ettal monastery, drive along plansee and do fallerschein one day. Will walk to Neuschwanstein Castle from Gutshof Zum Schluxen. Also looking for remote lob cabin village rick speaks of...45 min from ruette.
On May 27 we drive back to Innsbruck, turn in rental car and take train to Frankfurt where we overnight and fly to Atlanta the next day.
My question is: My travel agent says they usually book rail pass.....most of the routes require actual seat reservations and she would confirm actual times this way. She says there are no longer "open" times for most trains. Passes are the least economical, but should we have to purchase just one extra ticket it might blow what we have saved. This is in case we miss a train for any reason. If we have to rebook another train, we have to buy a new ticket on another train. ...in most cases. We would have the unused ticket endorsed at the train station and apply for the refund once we arrive back home!!!
Someone at the travel agent's office has suggested we can buy a first class rail pass and get reservations once we are in Europe. My husband took german in high school but doesn't remember it and is afraid the language barrier would make all of this hard. We are not staying where they have a concierge...... but the agent says the front desk people at any hotel can make the reservations for us the day before we travel???!!!
Help, I don't know what to do or which is the best thing to do. Like first class so bags stay with us (two suitcases and two back packs. ) Also we are guaranteed of a seat. When traveled second class bags were way at end of the car from us. Husband nervous about that. Should we get first class rail pass and confirm actual trains as we go or let travel book all trains and seats and hope we don't miss any? We have never missed a train, except one time in Italy the train we came into Naples on was an hour late and they put us on the next train....no extra cost or anything...it was easy, but it was their fault not ours.
Thanks from Alabama