German Rail pass & number of 'travel days' (Freiburg-Munich, Munich-Berlin, Berlin-Hamburg, Hamburg-Cologne, Cologne-Amsterdam). Would the pass cover to Amsterdam?

Hi!I plan to visit Freiburg, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne during a 12 day visit in Germany. How do I count my 'travel days' for German Rail pass? Do I count only the intercity travel days or do I need to include the local / regional train travel into the number of days as well. For example, I plan to roam around the Black Forest region without KONUS card, so would this region travel need to be counted in the number of 'travel days' too?Details plan as below for reference:Day 1: Reach FreiburgDay 2 & 3: Travel locally in the black forest regionDay 4: Freiburg to MunichDay 5,6 &7: Local travel in and around MunichDay 8: Travel to BerlinDay 9,10: Local travel in BerlinDay 11: Berlin to Hamburg & Hamburg to CologneDay 12: Cologne to AmsterdamWould this mean that Day 4, 8, 11 & 12 = 4 travel days are the only travel days according to German Rail pass? Or even the local travel days need to be considered too?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 09, 2018 20:25
    Hi Adwait,

    Any time you use a rail pass, it would require the use of a 'travel day'. Even if you were to use it for a short, 5-minute trip. Therefore, you might not want to squander a 'travel day' on a 'flexi rail pass' for such short trips. This would not be an issue if you purchase a 'continuous' (consecutive day) version of the pass, because 'continuous' passes grant you unlimited travel within the time frame allowed.

    Most of your trips would be by way of ICE (InterCIty Express) trains on which reservations are highly recommended as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations by searching a route on our homepage (, checking the box that says ‘I have a rail pass’, and then indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling. Generally, trains in Germany can be booked once within 180 days of an intended departure date.

    Freiburg to Munich

    Connections from Freiburg to Munich take about 4.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Mannheim along the way. Trains making up this connection are high-speed ICE trains on which reservations would be recommended.

    Munich to Berlin

    Trains from Munich to Berlin are direct ICE trains on which reservations are highly recommended. The ride on an ICE from Munich to Berlin takes about 4.5 hours.

    Berlin to Hamburg

    Trains from Berlin to Hamburg are direct ICE trains on which reservations are recommended. The ride from Berlin to Hamburg only takes about 1hr42min.

    Hamburg to Cologne

    From Hamburg to Cologne, you would take a direct IC train on which reservations would also be recommended. The ride from Hamburg to Cologne takes about 4 hours.

    Cologne to Amsterdam

    From Cologne to Amsterdam, you would take a direct ICE on which reservations are highly recommended. The ride on an ICE from Cologne to Amsterdam takes just under 3.5 hours in duration. There may currently be an error on our website blocking you from purchasing reservations for trains from Cologne to Amsterdam. If you get an error message telling you "it is too early to book the requested journey" or some other error message when you do your Cologne-Amsterdam search, then you would have to call us to book these reservations. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Our current hours are 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM CT Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT on Saturdays.
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