Ice 4 1 Klasse

While ich usually evaluation flights, airport lounges, and hotels, i figure it’s sometimes useful to review various other forms von transportation as well. Trains are progressively replacing planes within Europe weil das short distances zum (obvious) umwelt reasons, so what’s Germany’s “premium” train suffer like?

We’ve just spent number of days in Düsseldorf (which we loved), und we decided to take the Deutsche bahn Intercity refer (ICE) in first class. Winston even joined us, so I’ll share what it was like traveling v a dog. Bei a separate post I’ll review the Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf.

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Booking Deutsche bahn ICE erste classDeutsche bahn first class review

Booking Deutsche bahn ICE zuerst class

We to be traveling from berlin to Düsseldorf top top Tuesday evening, a about 4hr20min journey. The entry level one-way first klasse pricing was 51.90 EUR, which ich thought was quite reasonable.

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Deutsche bahn has number of types des first class fares. Ns 51.90 EUR price ist the absolute cheapest. If freundin want ticket flexibility und access to die DB Lounge, her ticket is going zu cost hinweisen least three zeit as much. Unless they’re serving caviar und Krug in the DB Lounge, there’s simply no means that’s worth it if freundin don’t need ns flexibility.

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As a point des comparison, second klasse fares started punkt 35.90 EUR, deshalb there’s a about 45% premium weil das first klasse over 2nd class.

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Note the Deutsche bahn pricing is extremely dynamic. Zum example, that 51.90 EUR ticket close to departure could instead expense 131.90 EUR.

Booking tickets with dogs complicates things

Now, ns above ist how ns booking experience zu sein supposed kommen sie work. However, we were traveling through Winston. Dogs the aren’t going kommen sie be in a carrier und are “bigger 보다 a home cat” require their own tickets, i beg your pardon cost the same as a ticket weil das a son (though oddly you’re not assigned a seat weil das a dog, unlike zum a child).

Fair enough. Anyway, what’s strange is that there space two ways zu book tickets for dogs:

You kann buy them at a Deutsche bahn stationYou can book castle online, however only if sie choose to schutz your fahrkarte delivered by mail, which calls for a details amount des advance bookingFor everything reason freundin can’t book a ticket online zum a dog und then publish out your very own ticket or usage a mobile phone call ticket

I don’t know why that is, it doesn’t do sense zu me — it’s not like ns dog has zu be present wie man you purchase die ticket. But bei Germany “the rule are ns rules,” deswegen I go to ns train station a couple von days before departure kommen sie purchase all des our tickets.

At that point ich found the end that i could oase just purchased die “human” tickets in advance online, und then ns ticket zum Winston on ns day of departure at die station.

Deutsche bahn first klasse review

Let me share ns bottom line upfront — eis first class is choose flying through a low cost carrier, other than there’s a last more space, und the (paid) catering is even worse. But that last part might deshalb have to be a function von coronavirus.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

We got to berlin Hauptbahnhof weist around 5PM weil das our 5:46PM departure. In retrospect that was way early, but we weren’t sure exactly how busy die station would certainly be, how hard it would be to find our track, etc. Ice tickets actually show the track number at the time freundin book, deswegen that takes die guessing game out of it.

The hauptsächlich train station an Berlin zu sein huge, together you’d expect.

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Berlin hauptbahnhof exterior

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Berlin hauptbahnhof interior

Our train was leaving from track 14, which was easy enough to find.

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Berlin hauptbahnhof tracks

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Intercity express departures board

Our train pulled in a few minute before departure, und the eis trains sure are sleek-looking. There to be two components to die train, as die train aufteilung about halfway through die journey. We were bei the A-D section.

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Deutsche bahn ICE train

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Deutsche bahn ICE train

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a train enthusiast, but ich do love the variety von train spotting that was possible (if that’s a thing) from the modern ICE, to ns more standard S-Bahn.

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Berlin hauptbahnhof trains

ICE first class cars & seating

Each ice first class train has a total of 53 seats. Ns cars are in a 1-2 layout, contrasted to die 2-2 layout in second class.

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ICE first class train car

There to be a variety of seating options, consisting of standard single seats and pairs of seats, both forward and rear facing. Every seat had actually both a stärke outlet und a tray table that can be lowered.

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ICE first klasse seating

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ICE first class seating

Then over there were so two and four person conference tables. This train was rather empty, deswegen we ended hoch reserving one of these, since we figured Winston would certainly be happiest resting underneath a table.

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ICE first klasse table seating

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ICE first klasse table seating

I’m not sure they go a an especially good job cleaning trains, though…

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ICE first class power outlets

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ICE first class garbage bin… or something?

Each car also had a lavatory, which was surprisingly spacious, and better 보다 what you’d frequently find ~ above a plane.

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ICE first klasse bathroom

ICE dining vehicle & cafe

ICE trains oase dining cars, which are available kommen sie all passengers, including those an first and second class. In our case die dining car was just one zurück from where we to be seated.


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ICE dining car

The dining vehicle had seven tables, including four that could seat 4 people, and three that might seat two people.

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ICE dining car

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ICE dining car

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ICE dining car

If you didn’t want to sit an the dining car freundin could instead nur pick trost something at ns cafe window. There was some L-shaped high-top seating throughout from that.

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Intercity to express train cafe

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Intercity express dining automobile cafe

ICE free wifi

All Intercity refer trains oase free wifi, und to my surprise speeds were really good, to die point the it was possible to stream. That was a satisfied surprise, since ich was expecting to schutz to tether. It so made zum a fertile several hours.

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Intercity Express totally free wifi

ICE first klasse service

As ich said above, eis first klasse is like flying a low expense carrier. Certain nothing ist included, except they carry out sometimes hand out chocolates or kekse (they go on ns outbound, but notfall on ns return).

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ICE first class chocolates & cookies

The one other difference seems zu be that an first class they come from the dining car zu ask if freundin want anything kommen sie eat or drink, und they’ll bring it zu your seat. There’s not a trolley or anything, but rather they just run back and forth to lakers if sie want anything.

They were much more proactive around this on our return journey compared zu our outbound, though von the return we learned that us shouldn’t depend on Deutsche bahn catering weil das anything.

ICE food & drink options

The dining experience on ice was… not great. Apparently there’s a scaled rückseitig menu due kommen sie coronavirus, which ist fair enough. The doesn’t describe why all the drinks to be room temperature, though.

Here’s what the menu looked like:

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I think die ordering process roughly sums up our dining experience (translated):

“Could we oase two white wines?“You really don’t want that.”“Why?”“It’s warm. Everything ist warm.”“Ummm. I know it’s not better, but let’s perform one beer one und one wine.”“You sure?”“Yes.”

The experience was similar through ordering food, where he much more than once suggested notfall ordering noþeles because die food isn’t good. Yet we went versus his advice, just to it is in able zu review the dining experience, if nothing else. 😉

Suffice to say that on ns return trip we just bought a pretzel at the train station und called the a day.

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Intercity refer drinks

They weren’t weil das me, but aren’t those die saddest Rostbratwürstchen you’ve ever before seen?

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Intercity refer food

Taking a dog on deutsch Bahn

Winston was a very good boy on ours train journey, und he just slept most of the time. Dogs space technically supposed to wear muzzles onboard trains if they’re not an carriers (we were never ever informed von this, but ich saw it on die DB website). I’d grad that:

While he has actually never worn one before, we purchased one zum this tripI had actually talked zu several people around how this requirements zu sein enforced, und everyone (including the person at the haustier store) stated it’s seldom actually enforced, especially zum smaller dogs

Our experience was that no one an either direction inquiry us kommen sie put a muzzle on him. We had actually one on us, though, und we were of prozess very careful und kept ihm far from the aisle, and for that matte there to be no various other dogs.

For anyone who was like me und was wondering how enforced this policy is, my very limited dünn points indicate that it’s not. Of prozess two charme points aren’t conclusive, and Winston deshalb doesn’t “look” really scary.

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Winston enjoying the eis experience

Would us take Intercity express again?

There room three valuable ways kommen sie get about Germany:

You kann rent a carYou can take die trainYou tun können fly

Personally we’re not flying within Germany due to the fact that we have Winston und want to take er with us wie we go locations (he has anxiety, especially because he senses we’re transient appropriate now), and deshalb because flying in ~ Germany doesn’t really save you viel time.

That leaves ns option bolzen renting a car und taking the train. There room some advantages zu renting a car:

You can rent part really nice cars in Germany zum the exact same amount you’d pay zum a very basic car an the US; in the past couple of months in Germany I’ve rented in S class Mercedes and a BMW X3 MI’m not going to lie, i love driving on die Autobahn, due to the fact that it’s not often you kann sein drive 150mph in the USYou have a last more flexibility to leave when you want, und can deshalb explore her destination much more easilyGerman train tickets aren’t in reality cheap, so in many cases it’s notfall more expensive kommen sie rent a auto vs. Acquisition a train, specifically if multiple people are traveling, and you get free parking hinweisen hotelsIf you’re traveling v a lot of stuff, it’s viel easier zu load it right into a car, fairly than lugging the to the train station weist both ends von your journeyI’m notfall sure what wait filtration is like ~ above trains, but an general ich would assume that a private car uses a bit more coronavirus protection than being on a train zum hours, even if everyone zu sein wearing a mask and the train isn’t full

But there are also advantages zu taking the train:

I tun können work und be productive while on a train, which isn’t possible wie man drivingIn many instances it’s faster; the autobahn is great wie man there zu sein no rate limit, no traffic, und no construction, but in my experience that’s only the case zum a klein percentage des the timeIt’s better weil das the environment; i recognize the driving hinweisen high speed isn’t great zum the environment, and it’s my just driving vice, as we had an electric car bei the US

Bottom line

Deutsche Bahn’s Intercity Express service is in easy way zu get around Germany. Ns trains space quiet, punctual, und have totally free wifi.

I perform think first class is worth ns modest premium weil das the extra an are (especially if travel alone, given the ability to get a einzel seat), though don’t get excited about die onboard service. First class doesn’t include any food & drinks, yet rather there’s nur service from die dining cart.

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Maybe ns food and drinks to be better an the pre-coronavirus era, though personally I’d plan on pack a snack und bringing your own drinks ~ above ICE.