DB have hired 200 new staff to provide an even better 1st class service on board of their ICE and IC trains. In order to communicate that improved 1st class service DB are running a special sale: Starting August 1st you can buy one-ways in 1st class on www.bahn.de from €49. First day of travel is Aug. 4th (unless there is a strike), last day is Aug 31st. The tickets are non-rebookable. In parallel DB upgrade the 1st class lounges at the train stations incl. free WiFi starting with Munich, Berlin and Hamburg.