Deutsch Bahn question

Does your ticket tell you if you reserved a compartment or not? I remember looking at them but cannot remember if I actually booked one during one of our legs from Dresden to Munich (via Naumburg). Also, and this might be a dumb question but since we haven't taken a train in 2 years I don't remember, are the carriages in numerical order? If not is there a way to figure out where our carriage might fall in the line of cars so that we have an idea on where we need to be when it comes into the station? Since we are traveling with our toddler, and will have a car seat and umbrella stroller we want to be prepared so we can quickly get on and to our seats (we are traveling light other than those items). Does anyone know if the car seat will fit on the overhead bars? I'm assuming she can't ride in it on the seat.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9108 posts

"Does your ticket tell you if you reserved a compartment or not?" No. It just lists the seat number, which may or may not represent a compartment. "are the carriages in numerical order? If not is there a way to figure out where our carriage might fall in the line of cars so that we have an idea on where we need to be when it comes into the station?" Yes. And knowing your carriage number, you can use the diagrams on the platform to know where to stand.

Posted by Jeff
Taunusstein, Germany
233 posts

Carriages on trains are marked with their car number at or near the door. When you determine what platform your train departs from there are large display boards on the platform that will list the number and departure time of your train. Additionally it will provide a diagram showing all the cars in the train with their car numbers and the location on the platform where you will find your car. If you are travelling in a GROSSRAUM car it is open and looks not unlike being on an Amtrak coach. If your car is an ABTEILUNG that means its a Compartment with 4-6 seats facing each other. Car seat will not likely fit overhead in an open coach but it should fit in the rack above the seat in a compartment. Hope that helps....Dresden is an easy station to get around so with a little extra time alloted for a toddler you should do fine. Munich is is also easy to get out of and onto city streets. Hope that all helps. Enjoy the ride and your trip. JEFF LEKNES

Posted by Georgiatraveler
Atlanta, GA
209 posts

Thank you Tom and Jeff. Jeff can you tell me where on our ticket I might find where it says Grossraum and Abteilung? This is the info from one of our tickets: Dresden Hbf 27.03. ab 10:23 1 Naumburg(Saale)Hbf 27.03. an 12:24 3 IC 2158 4 Sitzplätze, Wg. 10, Pl. 31 32 33 34, 2 Mitte, 2 Gang, Abteil, Nichtraucher Naumburg(Saale)Hbf 27.03. ab 12:31 2 München Hbf 27.03. an 16:47 18 ICE 1509 4 Sitzplätze, Wg. 22, Pl. 65 66 67 68,
2 Fenster, 2 Gang, Tisch, Nichtraucher,Ruhebereich

Posted by Mark
Berlin, Germany
318 posts

Karen, I'm not Jeff, but " Abteilung" is not correct if should be " Abteilwagen" or " Abteil," as on your Dresden to Naumburg reservation. So that one is in a compartment, the other in open seating (the second one doesn't say it directly, but there are only tables in open seat layouts). Complete translations in case you're interested: Dresden main station, departure March 27. 10:23, track 1 Naumburg (Saale) main station arrival March 27. 12:24, track 3 train# IC 2158, 4 seats, car# 10, seats# 31 32 33 34, 2 on the window side, 2 at the aisle, compartment, non-smoking Naumburg (Saale) main station, departure March 27. 12:31, track 2 Munich main station, arrival March 27. 16:47, track 18
train# ICE 1509, 4 seats, car# 22, seats# 65 66 67 68, 2 on the window side, 2 at the aisle, table, non-smoking, quiet area

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11271 posts

Note: in Dresden Hbf, there are about 8 tracks that dead end in the station at ground level. There are about 6 tracks that go through the station one story above ground level. Track 1 (your train) is one of the upper tracks, at the far right as you enter the front of the station (at ground level). I can't find a layout for the Naumburg station, but if it is like so many stations in Germany, track 2 (your departure) and track 3 (your arrival) share a platform. You will have 7 min to walk across the platform.