how do i activate my rail pass if i'm starting my journey at an unmanned train station?

I have a rail pass and I have the necessary reservations for my trips (with tickets) however, I may need to travel first from a remote area (Willingen, Germany) by train to my first departure station, Frankfurt Main Hbf. The station in Willingen just has an automated ticket machine, and no staff. How can I activate my train pass so that I can board the trains at the station in Willingen?
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  • Hi Joey,

    If you are starting your journey in an unmanned station, the conductor on board the train will validate your railpass. However, if you are at any manned station prior to arriving into Willingen, you can get your pass activated at that time. If it is a flexi pass, you would have 1-2 months to use the days on your pass from that date.

    As you did not mention if you have a German Rail Pass or Eurail Pass, I was not sure of the validity time period of your pass.

    Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    Thank you,
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