A couple days ago several of you helped me decide that a German Rail Pass might not be the way for us to go. Our route (on different days) is from Amsterdam to Oldenburg, then to Osnabrueck, then to Quedlinburg, then to Marburg, then to Basel. It looks like the Sparpreis tickets are the most economical. I find no advice on how far ahead to make reservations to insure getting the cheap price. How does one know how fast the available Sparpreis tickets on each route are snatched up? If we reserve three months in advance (before we go), we pay extra for online booking, don't we? If we book immediately upon arrival (in September), maybe the cheap tickets will be gone and we will be stuck paying full price. (Our travel will be mid-week except for two Saturdays.)
I understand from the DB website that reservations are required for Sparpreis tickets. Does that mean even for trains that don't normally require reservations? If so, there will be an extra charge won't there? Some trains don't make reservations at all, right? I'm afraid I will overlook a key factor, though I have read this site and the Deutsche Bahn site.
You are all so helpful!!