I'm struggling to figure out the best (combination of convenience and cost) type of train ticket or pass to buy for this itinerary which is planned to occur over about six day's time (it may be slightly aggressive):
Brussels to Stuttgart
Stuttgart to Munich
Munich to Pilsen
Pilsen to Prague
It seems like the point to point tickets would cost a fortune when combined together. But I'm not sure if there's a rail pass that would cover these cities/countries over a week's time. Does a rail pass secure your seat on any train departing at a time of your choice, or is it a specific departure time reservation that you must use or forfeit?
I'd like to minimize the travel time between cities (and obviously # of stops). In addition, I would imagine that at least one of these trips between cities would be overnight.
Appreciate any advice on what to consider, and which may be the best option (individual point to point tickets or some kind of rail pass - or a combination).