I am planning a 40 day backpacking trip around Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands) this July and August and I'm planning on buying a Eurail Global Pass (15 days in 2 months probably).
What I'm confused about are these reservations you still have to make, especially in France and Italy. A lot of websites are saying that we should book wayyy ahead of time (like, weeks or months) in order to get seats in France (for example). But then it's nearly impossible to find websites that SELL these reservations (and if they do, they come with an extra fee).
My question is whether we actually have to book all of these ahead of time, or if we can show up at the train station the day of (or even a couple days before) and reserve then.
Same question for the overnight trains: can we do day-of or is it important to buy them over the phone/online before getting there?
Thank you! It's so confusing finding anything clear online about this.