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How to locate a forward facing seat on DB ICE 796

I chose to start a new thread because my question veers away from another thread I started. I downloaded the DB app and want to take ICE 796 in early October between Frankfurt airport and Berlin. The train does not stop at Frankfurt Hbf so I don’t have to worry about the train changing directions.

How can I pick a forward facing seat in first class? I went to seat61.com and it advised getting the ICE train type number but I’m still lost.

This probably sounds stupid but could somebody please help me figure out which seats face forward? Thank you!

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could somebody please help me figure out which seats face forward?

In the 2nd step of the seat reservation process, click on "> select your seat". A graphic showing all available seats will pop up. The direction of the train is right to left. The round side of the seat symbol shows its orientation (left = forward, right = backward).

You don't have to accept the seat the system selects for you (marked green). Just click on your preferred seat.

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Does the round side of the seat show the direction of the seat? Nothing is left to right but instead top to bottom. So the round side of the seat is the forward direction of where the train is going and the linear side of the seat shows the opposite direction, is that correct?

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That is correct. Confirm this for yourself by seeing the seats that are across a table, represented by a rectangle or a square. The rounded side is next to the table.

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Nothing is left to right but instead top to bottom.

That depends on which device you are using. On the web site, the orientation is horizontal, on the Navigator vertical.

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I did it and bought a ticket. Thank you everybody for your help!

The DB app says to check in, I must use the app in what they call comfort check in. If there is no Wi-Fi available, how can I do this? I thought all I would need to do is show the conductor the DB barcode in Apple wallet. What do I do?

Thanks.

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I am relieved that there isn’t a “must”.

Interesting, I never received an email confirmation of the ticket purchase. I bought it 30 minutes ago. So I will not be able to show them an email. I was able to add the ticket/barcode to Apple wallet.

Thank you for the link. In order to use the DB app, I would think I would need Wi-Fi. I was wondering what to do if I don’t have Wi-Fi (or it is not working ) inside the train carriage. Will just showing my ticket in Apple wallet be sufficient?

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If the Apple Wallet ticket has a QR code, that's all you need. Curious why you have no email, that's usually an immediate send from DB.

If this is your 1st email from DB, it could be held up by your provider as Junk or Spam so you might want to check your account.

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I use T-Mobil, so I have cellular data. Can you set up a plan to get that in Germany?

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I am surprised too. I’ve always gotten email confirmation from DB at least I did pre-pandemic.

I’m trying to find where they have my personal information like mailing address and email but I can’t even find that on the app.

Tmobile is great in Europe. I have Verizon which isn’t.

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The DB app says to check in, I must use the app in what they call comfort check in.

You CAN use the so called comfort check in (then the conductor won't show up to check your ticket), but you don't have to. I never use it, since I am not inclined to do the work of the DB. BTW, you don't need an Email confirmation either if you have the code. If you have booked on the web site, you can load it into the App manually (My tickets / tap on the "+" sign and fill in the ticket #).

if I don’t have Wi-Fi

There is WiFi on the train.

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Relieved to hear about Wi-Fi on the train. Quick question — I’ll be taking ICE 611 returning to Frankfurt airport. I can’t figure out the forward direction of the carriages of the train from this website: https://www.fernbahn.de/datenbank/suche/?zug_id=20220100611

I want to sit in a 1st class carriage. This is obviously ridiculous that I can’t figure out which way is forward but if anyone can, I would appreciate the assistance! Thanks.

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The ICE 611 departs Hamburg with the 1st Class cars (yellow) at the front of the train and it arrives (pulls into) the Köln Hbf. It then departs (pulls out of) Köln with the 1st Class cars at the rear of the train and will be that way until you arrive at the Frankfurt Airport. So you'll be have to make your reservation facing front (remember to look at the table seats for orientation) for the entire trip beginning in Hamburg AND then when the train changes direction out of Köln just look for an empty seat that faces forward for the remainder of the ride.

AND remember this is the current information for that train and it is subject to change between now and then.

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@Continental, one other way to see the direction is by pulling up your ticket (or if you are purchasing one, this will be under the track number on your search items) It's a little black box with the letters ABC across the top. If you click on that, it will show you the coach sequence and the direction of travel.

Also, you might to want to check when you are at the train station waiting for the train. There will be a large sign (usually next to one of the yellow Departure lists) showing the coach sequence for the trains leaving from that track at that time. It's called a Wagenreihungsplan. it's a large white sign with graphics. Your train number (i.e., ICE 15) will be on the left - when you find the correct train, look at the graphics. Yellow coaches are 1st class, green are 2nd and red are utilities (WC, eating, etc.) and they all have a coach number, which you can get from your ticket. Also, there are arrows showing the direction the train will be heading. Here is a link to 2 photos I took of them when I was there - the left photo is the Departures list and the right one shows the coach sequence. https://photos.app.goo.gl/8U2QkFZX7KxduoX27

That is handy because if you have a reserved seat, you will know approximately where your coach will be located and can stand in position accordingly. It's a pain to move from one coach to the next inside, especially if you have luggage, so it's helpful to look for your coach before boarding. And you will know for sure which direction you will be facing.

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Thank you both! I am familiar with those signs and I appreciate your sharing them with me, Mardee. It’s been either three or four years since I’ve been on the DB.

Periscope, thank you for that explanation. Köln will be halfway between where I board and the airport so I will do what you say and select a seat facing forward to Köln and then find an empty seat facing forward for the second part of the trip. If I remember, there is a digital display above the seats which will tell me which is empty.