My family (wife, daughter (15), son (16) and I ) will be traveling by train on July 20 from Cologne to Heidelberg. I am unfamiliar with the DB Bahn system and have several questions.
The DB Bahn offers several promotions including Sparpreis and Schones Wochenende; however, I am unable to determine how these programs would work for my family.
As an example, if we take the 8:55 ICE train, the rate posted on the DB Bahn website for 4 is 139 euros for 1st class. Is this a good deal? For an additional 16 euros we can select seats. Is it advisable to select seats so that we do not get separated as well will be carrying our luggage. If we select another train and opt for 2nd class, is this open seating, or can you also select seats? Is it advisable to select a seat? Is the storage for luggage above the seats?
Additionally, are there less expensive rail options using other DB Bahn offers?
I believe that the trip from Cologne to Heidelberg would be scenic along the Rhein - .
Any guidance would be much appreciated. Danke -